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Mildred Pierce (Music from the HBO Miniseries)

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The soundtrack for the five-part HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, and Guy Pearce, features a nice mix of popular song, big-band, opera, and classical music, all of which are woven throughout longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Carter Burwell's plaintive original score. Set in the 1930s, Burwell's lovely, emotive, piano-led opening title forms the foundation of his score, and his attention to detail and simplicity lends the film an appropriately sepia-toned hue. The remaining tracks are both subtle and stellar as well, with top-notch performances from Glen Grey & the Casa Loma Orchestra (“Milenberg Joys”), Hal Kemp & the Carolina Club Orchestra (“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows“), and Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (“Easy to Love”).

Biography

Born: 18 November 1955 in New York, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably one of a very few soundtrack composers to idolize Iggy Pop, Carter Burwell is best known for his work with the Coen Brothers, having scored every one of their films through the year 2010. By turns haunting and dark or quirky and experimental, Burwell's eclectic music has graced films in a wide variety of genres, and he's used the occasional big-studio project to finance his work on a number of groundbreaking independent films. Born November 18, 1955 in New York, Burwell took piano lessons...
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