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Anna Karenina (Original Music from the Motion Picture)

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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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Extraordinary Effort

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.


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.


Everything Dario Marianelli composes is pure genius. Absolutely perfect. This soundtrack is a MUST HAVE.


Born: June 21, 1963 in Pisa, Italy

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Dario Marianelli is an Italian composer of film and concert music. Born in Pisa, he started piano studies and began singing as a chorister at age 6. When his voice broke, he devoted himself to playing piano and composing. He studied privately and took exams as an external student in nearby Florence, Lucca, and Livorno, and also studied counterpoint before moving to England. There, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and spent three additional years studying at the National Film...
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