Two Brothers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Two Brothers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Stephen Warbeck



Film composer Stephen Warbeck gained his initial recognition by writing scores in the style of Victorian (Mrs. Brown) and Elizabethan (his Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love) England. Subsequent efforts took him to Napoleonic (Quills) and Vichy (Charlotte Gray) France, as well as another World War II effort in Greece (Captain Corelli's Mandolin). Two Brothers finds him in still another period locale, this time French Indochina in the 1920s, and that provides him the impetus to mix his usual warm orchestral colors with some local musical color here and there. (The orchestra is joined by soloists on erhu, gong circle, sheng, and pipa.) But the setting ultimately seems less important than the subject matter, as it usually is with Warbeck, and this may be the most heart-warming story he's yet accompanied, a children's film about twin tiger cubs separated in infancy and following separate adventures before meeting again in a dramatic finale. It's a second animal feature for director Jean-Jacques Annaud, following The Bear (1988), and the focus on the tigers leaves plenty of room for expressive music, all of it basically good-natured, of course. Some trouble is underlined in "Chasing the Truck," while "Havoc," which uses some of those local instruments, is playful. Warbeck's basic theme, which recurs in such cues as "Sangha the Outcast," has an exotic and melancholy flavor, reflecting the animals' separation, but all works out, and "To Freedom," which features banjo, accordion, and the director's whistling, is typical of the satisfying nature of the music as well as the story.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602498621240
catalogNumber: 000255602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Warbeck   Primary Artist
Cheng Yu   Pipa
Ezio Pinza   Vocals,Voices
Chris Batchelor   Trumpet
Andy Findon   Flute
Sarah Homer   Clarinet
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Gary Kettel   Gong
David Powell   Tuba,Sousaphone
Frank Ricotti   Xylophone
Rosa Ponselle   Vocals,Voices
John Parricelli   Banjo,Guitar
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Peter Davies   Trombone
Richard Henry   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Dai Pritchard   Clarinet
Liu Xiaohui   Sheng
Jan Hendrickse   Flute
Rob Townsend   Saxophone
Eddie Hession   Accordion
Graham Taylor   Banjo,Guitar
Eddie Hessian   Accordion
Robert White   Bagpipes
Martin Robertson   Clarinet
Jean-Jacques Annaud   Human Whistle
Steve Jones   Erhu
Padre Guardino   Vocals
Dave Powell   Tuba,Sousaphone

Technical Credits

Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Nick Cooper   Arranger,Orchestration
Chris Dibble   Engineer
Paul English   Orchestration
Andrew Green   Orchestration,Composer's Assistant
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Marcia Crayford   Orchestra Leader
Stephen Warbeck   Composer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Sheryl Gold   Music Business Affairs
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs

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Two Brothers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cried throughout the movie, as I only wanted the tigers to receive the love and care that they deserved. The finale was superbly done, and I was overjoyed with the final scenes. I feel that this movie is a must see film, due to the extrordinary circumstances involving two magnificent tigers who overcame so many hurdles.