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The Master [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Audio Samples

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
>Berlin, Irving : Get Thee Behind Me Satan, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
>Tobias, Charles : Don't Sit under the Apple Tree, song
>Weston, Paul : No Other Love, song
>Coleman, Larry : Changing Partners, song

Album Summary

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
>Berlin, Irving : Get Thee Behind Me Satan, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
>Tobias, Charles : Don't Sit under the Apple Tree, song
>Weston, Paul : No Other Love, song
>Coleman, Larry : Changing Partners, song
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Notes & Reviews:

For the soundtrack to his Scientology-inspired movie The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson reunited with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who also provided the music to There Will Be Blood. The director's tale of a spiritually lost sailor and the leader of a religious organization he meets after World War II and the bond they form is set to music that alternately showcases the seeming innocence of the postwar era and tears off that veneer. Madisen Beaty's sweet yet somehow creepy version of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" manages to accomplish both of those goals at once, but for most of The Master's music, the task of crafting claustrophobic intimacy falls to Greenwood, which he does ably with deceptively simple pieces that usually focus on one or two instruments at a time, whether it's the disorienting woodwinds of "Atomic Healer" or the unearthly screech of "Baton Sparks"' descending strings. These discordant cues only make Ella Fitzgerald's "Get Thee Behind Me Satan," Jo Stafford's "No Other Love," and Helen Forrest's "Changing Partners" sound smoother, and vice versa. Most of Greenwood's compositions, such as "Back Beyond," convey a simmering sense of tension and marred, ambiguous beauty that occasionally resolves itself into more definite emotions such as "Alethia"'s alluring, harp-driven mysticality, "Able-Bodied Seamen"'s sense of danger, or "Sweetness of Freddie"'s poignancy. This uneasy listening provides a masterful backdrop for Anderson's film and also makes for fascinating listening in its own right, while once again separating Greenwood from more predictable composers. ~ Heather Phares

REVIEWS:

Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e continues to develop his own distinct style -- one that's creepy as all hell, and often quite lovely."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Greenwood's score is an extended exercise in tension and release...[with] compelling, immersive essays..."



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Works Details

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
  • Performer: Jonny Greenwood
  • Conductor: Marek Mós
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Berlin, Irving : Get Thee Behind Me Satan, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
  • Performers: Ella Fitzgerald (Voice); Jonny Greenwood
  • Conductor: Paul Weston
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
  • Performers: Robert Ames (Viola); Pasha Mansurov (Flute); Kate Hainsworth (French Horn); Galya Bisengalieva (Violin); Daniel Pioro (Violin); Daniel Roberts (Violin); Mark Wood (French Horn); Simon Cox (Trumpet); Oliver Coates (Cello); Dave Brown (Double Bass); Jonny Greenwood; Charlotte Bonneton (Viola); Peter Foggitt (Piano); Peter Foggitt (Organ); Antoine Francoise (Piano); Antoine Francoise (Organ); Mark Simpson (Clarinet); Peteris Sokolovskis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hugh Brunt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Tobias, Charles : Don't Sit under the Apple Tree, song
  • Performers: Jonny Greenwood; Madisen Beaty (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
  • Performers: David Fuest (Clarinet); Jonny Greenwood; Andy Finton; Anthony Pike (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Weston, Paul : No Other Love, song
  • Performers: Jo Stafford (Voice); Jonny Greenwood
  • Conductor: Paul Weston
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Bob Russell (1914 - 1970).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
  • Performers: Daniel Pioro (Violin); Daniel Roberts (Violin); Antoine Francoise (Organ); Mark Wood (French Horn); Simon Cox (Trumpet); Oliver Coates (Cello); Dave Brown (Double Bass); Peteris Sokolovskis (Cello); Robert Ames (Viola); Pasha Mansurov (Flute); Kate Hainsworth (French Horn); Galya Bisengalieva (Violin); Jonny Greenwood; Charlotte Bonneton (Viola); Peter Foggitt (Piano); Peter Foggitt (Organ); Antoine Francoise (Piano); Mark Simpson (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Hugh Brunt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012

>Coleman, Larry : Changing Partners, song
  • Performers: Helen Forrest (Voice); Jonny Greenwood
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Joe Darion (1911 - 2001).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Greenwood, Jonny : The Master, film score
  • Performers: Daniel Roberts (Violin); Peter Foggitt (Organ); Mark Wood (French Horn); Simon Cox (Trumpet); Oliver Coates (Cello); Dave Brown (Double Bass); Jonny Greenwood; Charlotte Bonneton (Viola); Peter Foggitt (Piano); Antoine Francoise (Piano); Antoine Francoise (Organ); Mark Simpson (Clarinet); Peteris Sokolovskis (Cello); Robert Ames (Viola); Pasha Mansurov (Flute); Kate Hainsworth (French Horn); Galya Bisengalieva (Violin); Daniel Pioro (Violin)
  • Conductor: Hugh Brunt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012