The Talented Mr. Ripley

Sony Classical (0074645133720)
Sony Classical (5099705133729)
Movie | Released: 1999 | Film release: 1999 | Format: CD, Download

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.To Vou' Fa L'AmericanoMatt Damon, Jude Law, Fiorello and the Guy Barker International Quintet3:02
2.My Funny ValentineMatt Damon and the Guy Barker International Quintet2:35
3.Italia Gabriel Yared1:40
4.Lullaby for CainSinead O'Connor3:32
5.Crazy Tom Gabriel Yared4:47
6.Ko-KoCharlie Parker2:54
7.Nature BoyMiles Davis4:48
8.Mischief Gabriel Yared2:26
9.Ripley Gabriel Yared3:30
10.Pent-Up HouseGuy Barker, Pete King, Iain Dixon, Robin Aspland, Arne Somogyi and Clark Tracy2:40
11.GuaglioneMarino Marini3:17
12.Moanin'The Guy Barker International Quintet4:16
13.Proust Gabriel Yared1:59
14.FourGuy Barker, Pete King, Iain Dixon, Robin Aspland, Arne Somogyi and Clark Tracy3:41
15.Promise Gabriel Yared2:49
16.The ChampDizzy Gillespie2:45
17.Syncopes Gabriel Yared4:49
18.Stabat MaterClifford Gurdin and the London Metropolitan Ensemble2:55
19.You Don't Know What Love IsJohn Martyn and the Guy Barker International Quintet5:22
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The Talented Mr. Ripley - 06/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
After the hugely successful, but (for me) crushingly dull collaboration between director Anthony Minghella and Gabriel Yared on The English Patient, it is only natural that they would collaborate again on this strange thriller starring Matt Damon and Jude Law. The psychological thriller elements certainly provide for a somewhat Hitchcock style film and has given Yared the chance to pen a much superior score to that on The English Patient. Of course, because Sod's Law always applies, it is only natural that the superior effort is given somewhat short shrift on CD, being as it is mixed with lots of old jazz standards performed by Guy Barker with and without his International Quintet. Fair enough if you like that sort of thing and possibly more enjoyable to people who want a memento of the film, but for your average soundtrack fan liable to be somewhat frustrating.

Admittedly Yared's score does not start promisingly with the pretty low key ethnically challenged Italia, but with Crazy Tom it starts to grow in interest considerably. There is a main theme which generally appears started as a descending woodwind motif; it is moderately memorable and really quite effective. The aforementioned Crazy Tom is based around a running cello motif that is mirrored, counter pointed and generally moved around the orchestra to impressive effect. Mishchief is a vibraphone based, almost jazz suspense type effort, but soon gives way to the mysterious and sombre Ripley (no, not the character from Alien, but the talented male equivalent), which contains woodwind writing that reminded me of Randy Newman's excellent Pleasantville, but the whole thing has a hint of Arabic harmonies. Syncopes brings the score to a sombre close, although there are still a couple of other tracks to round out the album as a whole.

By all accounts, Yared's music was not terribly noticeable in the film itself, but on disc comes across as most effective at setting the mood of betrayal and Hitchcockian suspense. However, the spreading of the score over the disc never allows the atmosphere to fully form and so one is always dragged away to some period song or jazz or whatever. Programming the score in order is well worth doing, even if it does come in at a feeble twenty fives minutes. It produces a generally tuneful, but moody effort that is by no means a masterpiece, but comes together nicely if heard as a whole. Of course jazz fans can simply programme out the score. Would definitely have been worth dividing the disc into two in this instance. Ah well, I'm not a producer, what would I know? The recording and somewhat thick orchestration does occasionally sound a bit fuzzy, but as long as it's not played too loudly the it sounds fine. All in all, another example of a good score spoiled by a poor album presentation, but worth hearing.
Golden Globes: Best Original Score (Nominee)
Oscars: Best Original Score (Nominee)
The music of this soundtrack was used in:

The Talented Mr. Ripley (Trailer)

This soundtrack trailer contains music of:

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Gabriel Yared (Movie)
Dante's Peak (1997) (Movie)
Civil Action, A (1998), Danny Elfman (Movie)
Dido & Aeneas: Dido's Lament, Henry Purcell (Trailer)
Cancao Do Mar, Dulce Pontes (song(s))

Other releases of The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999):

Talented Mr. Ripley, The (1999)
Talented Mr. Ripley, The (2018)

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