24 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dario Marianelli is no stranger to period-correct soundtracks. The Italian composer has provided sonic backdrops for such time-specific films as Jane Eyre, Atonement, and Pride & Prejudice. Here, the opening “Overture” overflows with a blend of orchestral music from the era and substantial elements of Eastern European folk instrumentation. But on the following “Dance with Me,” we first get a hint of Marianelli’s symphonic innovations. He lets the drums announce the piece before they dissolve into a whimsical upstaging by woodwinds and string arrangements. With darting changes and bursting melodies, “She Is of the Heavens” punctuates the electric presence of the story’s protagonist. Conversely, “Kitty’s Debut” introduces the character of Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya with sweeping lines and elegant movements that do well to accompany the princess’ radiant splendor. The score’s outstanding composition “I Don’t Want You to Go” is wrought with tense emotions trimmed in Russian flavors.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dario Marianelli is no stranger to period-correct soundtracks. The Italian composer has provided sonic backdrops for such time-specific films as Jane Eyre, Atonement, and Pride & Prejudice. Here, the opening “Overture” overflows with a blend of orchestral music from the era and substantial elements of Eastern European folk instrumentation. But on the following “Dance with Me,” we first get a hint of Marianelli’s symphonic innovations. He lets the drums announce the piece before they dissolve into a whimsical upstaging by woodwinds and string arrangements. With darting changes and bursting melodies, “She Is of the Heavens” punctuates the electric presence of the story’s protagonist. Conversely, “Kitty’s Debut” introduces the character of Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya with sweeping lines and elegant movements that do well to accompany the princess’ radiant splendor. The score’s outstanding composition “I Don’t Want You to Go” is wrought with tense emotions trimmed in Russian flavors.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Extraordinary Effort

AATX1228

Matches the film step for step and yet can easily be listened to without ever seeing the film. It taps into emotions that enhance the film and yet doesn't overpower what one is watching. Highly recommend.

Stunning.

fr786

The music of Anna Karenina is ethereal and enchanting. It captures the essence of Russian culture that so deeply resonates with the classic piece of literature. This soundtrack flows timelessly from piece to piece and is breathtaking in its language. Absolutely beautiful. Words cannot do this justice.

So beautiful

Natalie34

Dario Marianelli does it again! Haunting, moving, beautiful. Just so beautiful.

About Dario Marianelli

An Italian composer of film and concert music, Dario Marianelli is perhaps best known for his collaborations with movie director Joe Wright, which include Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012). All three of those scores were nominated for Academy Awards, with Atonement taking home the statue in 2008.

A native of Pisa, Marianelli started studying piano and singing as a chorister at the age of six. When his voice broke, he devoted himself to playing piano and composing. He studied privately while taking exams as an external student in nearby Florence, Lucca, and Livorno before moving to England. There, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then spent three additional years at the National Film and Television School. His film career dates back to 1994 with his score for Paddy Breathnach's Ailsa.

Over the next decade, Marianelli composed music for such films as the action-comedy I Went Down (1997), director Julian Temple's Pandaemonium (2000), David Thewlis' Cheeky (2003), and Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm (2005). Also released in 2005, Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, marked his first score for director Joe Wright. Among other accolades, including nominations from the European Film Awards and International Film Music Critics Association, it was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Marianelli's music could be heard in films such as V for Vendetta (2006) and The Brave One (2007) before he reunited with Wright for Atonement, which received a staggered worldwide release in the second half of 2007 and early 2008. Marianelli won an Academy Award for the film in February 2008. The two collaborated again on 2009's The Soloist, after which Marianelli provided music for films such as Eat Pray Love (2010), Lasse Hallström's Salmon Fishing in Yemen (2011), and the 2011 version of Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska. In 2013, he earned his third Oscar nomination for the Wright-directed Anna Karenina (2012).

Scores to follow included the animated film The Boxtrolls (2014), the biographical adventure Everest (2015), and his fifth film with Joe Wright, 2017's Darkest Hour, about Winston Churchill. Marianelli then stepped in for Paddington's Nick Urata for Paddington 2, which saw a U.S. release in January 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson & Blair Sanderson

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