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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar
Andrew Kinney
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 30th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are easily entranced by the intelligent balancing of flowing romanticism from an orchestra with the exotic flavor of authentic specialty instruments from the various corners of the world.

Avoid it... if you balk at the prospect of hearing John Barry's thematic structures resurrected or, more prevalently, a reprise of ideas from Brian Tyler's own Children of Dune.
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WRITTEN 2/3/08
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Partition: (Brian Tyler) For Indian director Vic Sarin, the story of Partition was one close to his heart. The film is a Romeo & Juliet tale set at the time of the cultural division of Muslims and Sikhs in the late 1940's, when Pakistan and India were officially divided and the Muslims migrated to Pakistan. Sarin was raised in the disputed Kashmir region, and the tragic plot of Partition is partly based on real people his family knew at the time. In the love story, a Sikh servant to a British family discovers a young Muslim woman hiding near his village one day. He takes her in and protects her, and as the years pass, they fall in love, marry, and gain acceptance in their Indian village. The woman later decides to visit her family in Pakistan, which can only result in tragedy when her brothers hold her captive as punishment for marrying a Sikh. Her husband makes the dangerous journey into Pakistan to find her, only to tempt a worse fate. Driving secular humanists nuts, the film opened to modest praise outside of the United States, seen closest in a limited run in Canada. Composer Brian Tyler has balanced arthouse and B-rate assignments since his splash into the mainstream five years prior to Partition, and this project is a refreshing arthouse endeavor that helps the composer transcend beyond the muck of Alien Vs. Predator and Rambo (although parts of those scores are guilty pleasures). The dynamic at work in Partition is particularly interesting; the location demanded music that fits the cultural clash central to the story' conflict, and yet the story is undeniably romantic in high tragic fashion. Ironically, it was Tyler who leaned in favor of emphasizing the ethnic flavor, being the instrumentally creative and ambitious artist that he is. The director, however, wanted more of the flowing melodrama of a Western orchestra. Thus, a balance was born, and Tyler employed a partial orchestral ensemble to meet the romantic needs of the film while ordering an array of specialty instruments from India which he could perform himself in order to streamline the recording process and save costs.

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Average: 3.51 Stars
***** 74 5 Stars
**** 69 4 Stars
*** 51 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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N. - February 16, 2008, at 1:35 a.m.
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New Brian Tyler (AVPR, Rambo) interview!
red5_voros5 - February 11, 2008, at 1:29 p.m.
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A well written and insightful review Christian
Craig Richard Lysy - February 8, 2008, at 1:25 p.m.
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Total Time: 78:07
• 1. Partition (2:52)
• 2. The Crossing (3:25)
• 3. Attack at the Crossing (3:35)
• 4. Naseem's Journey (2:44)
• 5. Transformation of Gian (3:23)
• 6. Water (1:47)
• 7. Sirsa (6:13)
• 8. Coming of Age (3:26)
• 9. Death Train (2:31)
• 10. Tears of Joy (3:30)
• 11. Bombay (1:58)
• 12. Hilltop Decision (2:58)
• 13. New Delhi, 1942 (2:25)
• 14. Gian's Plea (1:53)
• 15. Rain Dance (3:43)
• 16. Crossing the Border (2:00)
• 17. Festival of Holi (2:08)
• 18. Confrontation (1:47)
• 19. Vijay (2:14)
• 20. Gian to Margaret's (0:54)
• 21. Naseem and Gian (5:03)
• 22. Free (4:12)
• 23. Separation (3:20)
• 24. Shimla (1:58)
• 25. Villagers Demand Naseem (2:40)
• 26. Partition End Title (5:28)

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The insert includes the following note from director Vic Sarin:

    "If a picture is worth a thousand words, one musical composition can evoke a thousand emotions. What struck me when I first heard the music that Brian Tyler had composed for Partition was how beautifully it captured and embodied the emotion of the movie. When music and picture come together in this way, I feel true movie magic is created. One of my hopes for the music in Partition was to have a distinct theme for the film that captured the heart of the love story and that when heard, immediately takes you back to the movie. Because the film is set in India but explores universal themes, we wanted a score that incorporated western concepts of theme and melody, while maintaining an Eastern flavour. It needed a fine balance. Brian's music gave the film all that and much more. From intimate moments played on classical Indian instruments to the epic orchestral pieces played by the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Brian's music captures the essence of the movie and transports us to another place and time. Weaving together instruments and styles from the east and west. Brian's score, like the film, is gentle but powerful, never drawing attention but consistently enchancing the emotion of the story line. Hauntingly melodic and instantly memorable, Brian's music for Partition is one of the most original and beautiful film scores I have had the pleasure to hear."

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