TITANINC Music from the Motion Picture (1997)

TITANIC

  • Release date:
  • Tracks:
  • Lenght time:
  • Label:

1997
15
72:22
Sony Classical

BACK TO TITANIC Music from the Motion Picture (1998)

BACK TO TITANIC

  • Release date:
  • Tracks:
  • Lenght time:
  • Label:

1998
13
79:00
Sony Classical

TITANIC Music from the Motion Picture: Anniversary Edition (2012)

TITANIC: Anniversary Edition

  • Release date:
  • Tracks:
  • Lenght time:
  • Label:

2012
30 (2 discs)
130:02
Sony Masterworks

TITANIC Music from the Motion Picture: Collector's Anniversary Edition (2012)

TITANIC: Collector's Anniversary Edition

  • Release date:
  • Tracks:
  • Lenght time:
  • Label:

2012
56 (4 discs)
249:50
Sony Masterworks

Titanic (ENGLISH)

Titanic (James Horner). James Horner's score for Titanic is an experiment that, unlike the transatlantic, it achieved to arrive to port. And it is that, with James Cameron's instruction of fleeing of a typical score based on the strings of the orchestra, Horner mixes voices, synthesizers and orchestra to equal parts, creating a sound that can be difficultly catalogued, almost unique in its kind (as other albums also have managed, is necessary to recognize). It is difficult to know if it is the best score of the composer, but it can be the better one that combines with the action of the image. If we had to choose a movie in which its music fits to the perfection with the image, undoubtedly this one would be Titanic. And the fact of composing a timeless score, not typically at all and that fits so well, gives a bonus of merit to the composer. And only it is necessary to see the critiques and the sales (though these are very influenced by the original song My Heart Will Go On) to see the support to this merit.

On the other hand, only a few movies can allow the luxury of doing a reissue of its soundtrack 15 years after the premiere in cinemas and do it in a format as ambitious as to fill four discs. And it seems that, at least, there are two requirements that justify the power to do this reissue: that the movie had been a public's great success and that the soundtrack also it had been. Titanic fulfills both conditions, probably as no other movie.

In spite of it, it’s a shame that the ambition of presenting the reissue of the Titanic’s soundtrack in such a wide format moves away from the intention that this one should have: to present the music of the movie in its entirety, with better sound quality, in chronological order, with alternate versions not used in the final version of the film and extensive notes on the tracks and the process of composition and recording. Apart from all the information relative to the soundtrack that 15 years later one can tell with extent and perspective.

After the release of Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture (1997), Back To Titanic (1998) was released, an album with lights and shadows, but that certainly was adding interesting content to the original edition released the previous year. Back to Titanic was bringing together a balanced mixing among diegetic music directly featured in the film (An Irish Party in Third Class, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Nearer My God to Thee, Come Josephine in My Flying Machine), with pieces expressly created for this second edition (Titanic Suite, A Shore Never Reached, Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea), together with other traditional pieces (Jack Dawson's Luck, Lament) and pieces, at least, of James Horner's original score (The Portrait, A Building Panic). My Heart Will Go On version with parts of the dialog from the film represent a peculiarity inside the context of the album, very usual, certainly, in the second editions of soundtracks as this one, since it happened, for example, in the second albums of Braveheart and Gladiator, become infested with dialogs of the movie on the music tracks.

For the followers of Titanic and James Horner’s music, only The Portrait and A Building Panic are pieces created by the composer expressly for the film. Though both tracks might be considered important inside the context of the story, The Portrait only appears partly in the portrait scene, whereas A Building Panic is one of the tracks that, together with The Sinking and Death of Titanic, shows the content of action that Horner composed for the movie, probably the breaking inside the general tone of the score and, undoubtedly, one of the most interesting.

Titanic Suite, A Shore Never Reached, Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea represents an interesting extension of the Horner’s score but that, in the general context of this album, they represent a little contribution. If Back to Titanic was contributing more music created by Horner for the film, these tracks would be a perfect complement. And it is that, in spite of multiple music sources that exist in the movie -the score, the songs featured in the film-, the most important part of the album always should be the music of the composer, which, for extension and importance in the story, always is major with respect to the rest of music present in the film. In case of Back to Titanic, with only two tracks of Horner's original score, these three tracks, though they include part of the themes of the original score of the movie, it makes an insufficient contribution of the music of the composer to this album.

In 2012, Sony Classical re-edited the two original albums and added other two, coinciding with the re-release of Titanic movie in cinemas in 3D version, the 15th anniversary of the movie and 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Anniversary Edition has 2 discs (including the original 1997 album and other one with music featured by I Salonisti) and another Collector’s Anniversary Edition has four discs. Beyond the coincidence of dates and the re-release of the movie, the 2012 extended soundtrack is the continuation of the sin that began with Back to Titanic, adding content that does not appear in the movie. Gentlemen, It Has Been to Privilege Playing with You Tonight is the second disc of this edition and includes the themes recorded by I Salonisti for the movie in order to contribute the authentic source music of the film. It might be considered to be an album of "unreleased tracks", though they would be tracks of diegetic music instead of tracks of James Horner's score, probably more valued these for the fan of the film music and of James Horner's music. The fourth disc, Popular Music from the Titanic Era, contributes with music of the 1900s, providing the context of the epoch in which the drama represented in the movie is developed, but with the lack of dramatic value that the music used in the movie has.

It is a shame that also Back to Titanic as the reissue of 2012 do not contribute any more Horner's music still for release, and looks like a sin that the initial theme of the movie, repeated with variation in the moment of the death of the character of Jack and its descent towards the depths of the ocean, and where Sissel's voice charges a main presence, it have not incorporated into any of the editions. It seems that the repetition of this theme closes the circle that the story of the movie wants to tell, and giving to understand that the culminating, sad and finale moment is the death and Jack Dawson's disappearance in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. For this evident importance it should appear in someone of the editions. And as this one, many other themes. In the 2012 edition, the notes on I Salonisti's contracting and on certain aspects of the epoch of the sinking turn out to be more interesting than the proper music of both extra discs.

In summary, Back to Titanic is a good complement of the original 1997 album, though it might have been better having added more of the "lost" content created by Horner. While, the 2012 edition will difficultly hook the buyer who was acquiring both previous discs 15 years before, basically because the added content is not present in the footage of the movie. One thing the editor forgets is that the success of the original soundtrack is based on Horner's music and, specially, on My Heart Will Go On theme song, featured by Celine Dion. There is not relationship between the music of the beginning of the 20th century with the Horner's score and song, which existence reason is for telling a fictitious love story in the context of the drama of the sinking of the transatlantic under James Cameron's perspective. For this reason, it seems to be erroneous enough to sell music of beginning of century to a public been interested in Horner's music. Even this way, all this music is commercialized under the "Titanic" and "Music composed and conducted by James Horner" labels, surely be more successful of the one that really was deserving after a critical analysis of the edition content. The record label will know it perfectly. It's hard to understand that the Horner's best score and the most sold instrumental soundtrack of the history could not have its complete edition.

The real aim of sales looks like the new fan that sees Titanic in 3D for the first time, and that on having been going to acquire the soundtrack, buys the four disc version, at a major price. The intention of doing easy money on the part of the record label seems to be evident if we analyze that the new content added with regard to the original editions of 1997 and 1998 is musical already recorded by I Salonisti and themes from more than 100 years ago. And if the person entrusted to make the 2012 soundtrack compilation liked the film soundtracks, it is easy to understand that him/her were crying a lot on having received the order of re-editing the Titanic's soundtrack and turn forced, on order of the people who gives the orders, to putting all this padding material without doing not even the attempt of recovering the music that really would have to occupy these lines: the Horner's score. A pity for the lost opportunity.

Titanic (ESPAÑOL)

Titanic (James Horner). La partitura de James Horner para Titanic es un experimento en sí que, al contrario que el transatlántico, sí que llegó a buen puerto. Y es que, ante la instrucción de James Cameron de huir de un score típico fundamentado en las cuerdas de la orquesta, Horner mezcla voces, sintetizadores y orquesta a partes iguales, creando un tono general difícilmente catalogable, casi único en su especie (como otros álbumes también han logrado, hay que reconocer). Es difícil saber si es la mejor partitura del compositor, pero sí puede ser la que mejor combina con la acción de la imagen. Si tuviéramos que elegir una película en la que su música encaja a la perfección con la imagen, sin duda alguna esa sería Titanic. Y el hecho de componer un score atemporal, nada típico y que encaja tan bien, le da al compositor un plus de mérito. Y solo hay que ver las críticas y las ventas (si bien éstas muy influenciadas por la canción original My Heart Will Go On) para ver el respaldo a ese mérito.

Por otro lado, pocas películas pueden permitirse el lujo de hacer una reedición de su banda sonora 15 años después del estreno en cines y hacerlo en un formato tan ambicioso como para llenar cuatro discos. Y parece que, al menos, hay dos requisitos que justifiquen el poder hacer esta reedición: que la película hubiese sido un gran éxito de público y que la banda sonora también lo hubiera sido. Titanic cumple ambas condiciones, quizás como ninguna otra película.

A pesar de ello, es una pena que la ambición de presentar la reedición de la banda sonora de Titanic en un formato tan amplio se aleje del propósito que ésta debería tener: presentar la música de la película en su totalidad, con mejor calidad de sonido, en orden cronológico, con versiones alternativas no utilizadas en la versión final del film y comentarios extensos sobre las pistas y el proceso de composición y grabación. Aparte de toda la información relativa a la banda sonora que 15 años después puede contarse con amplitud y perspectiva.

Tras la edición de Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture (1997) se publicó Back To Titanic (1998), un álbum con claroscuros pero que ciertamente añadía contenido interesante a la edición original editada el año anterior. Dicho álbum conjugaba una equilibrada mezcla entre música diegética interpretada directamente en el film (An Irish Party in Third Class, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Nearer My God to Thee, Come, Josephine in My Flying Machine), con piezas expresamente creadas para esta segunda edición (Titanic Suite, A Shore Never Reached, Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea), junto con otras piezas tradicionales (Jack Dawson's Luck, Lament) y piezas, al fin, del score original de James Horner (The Portrait, A Building Panic). La versión de My Heart Will Go On con partes del diálogo del film no representa más que una peculiaridad dentro del contexto del álbum, muy habitual por cierto en segundas ediciones de bandas sonoras como ésta, como sucedió, por ejemplo, en los segundos álbumes de Braveheart y Gladiator, plagados de diálogos de la película sobre las pistas de música.

Para los seguidores de Horner y de la película en sí, tan solo The Portrait y A Building Panic aportan más contenido creado por el compositor expresamente para el film. Si bien ambas pistas podrían considerarse importantes dentro del contexto de la historia, The Portrait sólo aparece en parte en la escena del retrato, mientras que A Building Panic es una de las pistas que, junto con The Sinking y Death of Titanic, muestran el contenido de acción que Horner compuso para la película, quizás la parte más rompedora dentro del tono general del score y, sin duda, una de las más interesantes.

Titanic Suite, A Shore Never Reached, Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea representan una extensión del score de Horner interesante pero que, en el contexto general de este álbum, saben a poco. Si Back to Titanic aportara más música creada por Horner para el film, estas pistas serían un complemento perfecto. Y es que, a pesar de existir múltiples fuentes de música dentro de la película –el score, las canciones interpretadas en el film-, el grueso del álbum siempre debería ser la música del compositor, que por extensión e importancia en la narración, siempre es mayor que el resto de músicas presentes en el film. En el caso de Back to Titanic, con tan solo dos pistas del score original de Horner, estas tres pistas, aunque incluyen parte de la temática del score original de la película, hacen insuficiente el contenido que la música del compositor aporta a dicho álbum.

En 2012, y aprovechando el 15º aniversario de la película y el 100º aniversario del hundimiento del Titanic, Sony Classical reeditó los dos álbumes originales y añadió otros dos más, aprovechando la reposición de cines de Titanic en versión 3D. Se comercializó una versión Aniversario de 2 discos (que incluía el disco original de 1997 y otro con contenido interpretado por I Salonisti) y otra versión Aniversario para Coleccionistas (con cuatro discos). Más allá de la cuadratura de fechas y de la reposición de la película, la banda sonora ampliada de 2012 es la continuación del pecado que se inició con Back to Titanic, añadiendo contenido que no aparece en la película. Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing with You Tonight es el tercer disco de la edición de 2012 e incluye los temas grabados por I Salonisti para la película con el fin de aportar el auténtico sonido real de la música de la época. Podría considerarse como un álbum de “unreleased tracks”, si bien serían pistas de música diegética en lugar de pistas del score de James Horner, quizás más valoradas éstas por el aficionado a la música de cine y a la música de James Horner. El cuarto disco, Popular Music from the Titanic Era, aporta música de los años 1900, contextualizando la época en la que se desarrolla el drama representado en la película, pero sin añadir ese valor dramático que la música presente en la película sí tiene.

Es una pena que tanto Back to Titanic como la reedición de 2012 no aporten más música de Horner aún por publicar, y parece casi un pecado que el tema inicial de la película, repetido con variación en el momento de la muerte y hundimiento del personaje de Jack hacia las profundidades del océano, y donde la voz de Sissel cobra una presencia principal, no se hayan incorporado a ninguna de las ediciones. Parece que la repetición de este tema cierra el círculo que la historia de la película quiere contar, y dando a entender que el momento álgido, triste y final es la muerte y desaparición de Jack Dawson en las frías aguas del Atlántico norte. Por esa evidente importancia debería aparecer en alguna de las ediciones. Y como éste, otros muchos temas. De la edición de 2012, resultan casi más interesantes las notas sobre la contratación de I Salonisti y sobre ciertos aspectos de la época del hundimiento, que la propia música de los dos discos extra.

En resumen, Back to Titanic es un buen complemento del álbum original de 1997, aunque podría haber sido mejor habiendo añadido más del contenido “perdido” creado por Horner. Mientras, la edición de 2012 difícilmente enganchará al comprador que adquiriera los dos discos anteriores 15 años antes, básicamente porque el contenido añadido no está presente en el metraje de la película. Se le olvida al editor que el éxito de la banda sonora original está fundamentado en la música de Horner y, especialmente, en el tema My Heart Will Go On, interpretado por Celine Dion. Nada tiene que ver la música de principios del siglo XX con el score y la canción de Horner, cuya razón de ser es la de contar una historia de amor ficticia en el contexto del drama del hundimiento del transatlántico bajo la perspectiva de James Cameron. Por tato, parece bastante erróneo vender música de principios de siglo a un público interesado en la música de Horner. Aun así, como toda esta música se comercializa bajo las etiquetas “Titanic” y “Music composed and conducted by James Horner”, seguramente tenga más éxito del que realmente mereciera tras un análisis crítico del contenido. La discográfica lo sabrá perfectamente. Parece mentira que el mejor score de Horner y la banda sonora instrumental más vendida de la historia no pueda tener su edición completa.

El objetivo real de ventas parece el nuevo aficionado que ve Titanic en 3D por primera vez, y que al ir a adquirir la banda sonora, se le vende una versión de cuatro discos, a un precio mayor. La intención de hacer dinero fácil por parte de la discográfica parece evidente si analizamos que el contenido nuevo añadido respecto a las ediciones originales de 1997 y 1998 es música ya grabada por I Salonisti y temas de hace más de 100 años. Y si a la persona encargada de hacer la compilación de 2012 le gustaran las bandas sonoras, entenderíamos perfectamente que se le cayeran los lagrimones al recibir el encargo de reeditar la banda sonora de Titanic y verse obligado, por orden de arriba, a meter todo este material de relleno sin hacer ni el intento de recuperar la música que verdaderamente tendría que ocupar estas líneas: la de Horner. Una lástima por la ocasión perdida.

TITANIC (1997)
Total Time: 72:22
  1. Never an Absolution (3:03)
  2. Distant Memories (2:24)
  3. Southampton (4:02)
  4. Rose (2:52)
  5. Leaving Port (3:26)
  6. "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch" (4:31)
  7. "Hard to Starboard" (6:52)
  8. Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave (3:57)
  1. The Sinking (5:05)
  2. Death of Titanic (8:26)
  3. A Promise Kept (6:03)
  4. A Life So Changed (2:13)
  5. An Ocean of Memories (7:58)
  6. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic') (5:11)
    performed by Celine Dion
  7. Hymn to the Sea (6:26)
BACK TO TITANIC (1998)
Total Time: 79:00
  1. Titanic Suite *† (19:05)
  2. An Irish Party in Third Class - performed by Gaelic Storm (3:49)
  3. Alexander's Ragtime Band - performed by I Salonisti (2:30)
  4. The Portrait - piano solo performed by James Horner (4:43)
  5. Jack Dawson's Luck (5:38)
  6. A Building Panic (8:09)
  7. Nearer My God to Thee - performed by I Salonisti (2:49)
  1. Come Josephine, in my Flying Machine - performed by Máire Brennan (3:32)
  2. Lament (4:36)
  3. A Shore Never Reached * (4:27)
  4. My Heart Will Go On (4:43)
    with dialogue from the film
    performed by Celine Dion
  5. Nearer My God to Thee - performed by Eileen Ivers (2:22)
  6. Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea *† (12:37)

* Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra and
† the Choristers of King's College, Cambridge

TITANIC: Anniversary Edition (discs 1 & 3) / TITANIC: Collector's Anniversary Edition (2012)
Total Time: 249:50
DISC 1: Titanic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Remastered)
Music composed and Conducted by James Horner (72:22)
DISC 2: Back to Titanic (Remastered)
Music composed and Conducted by James Horner (79:00)
  1. Never an Absolution (3:03)
  2. Distant Memories (2:24)
  3. Southampton (4:02)
  4. Rose (2:52)
  5. Leaving Port (3:26)
  6. "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch" (4:31)
  7. "Hard to Starboard" (6:52)
  8. Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave (3:57)
  9. The Sinking (5:05)
  10. Death of Titanic (8:26)
  11. A Promise Kept (6:03)
  12. A Life So Changed (2:13)
  13. An Ocean of Memories (7:58)
  14. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic') (5:11)
    performed by Celine Dion
  15. Hymn to the Sea (6:26)
  1. Titanic Suite *† (19:05)
  2. An Irish Party in Third Class - performed by Gaelic Storm (3:49)
  3. Alexander's Ragtime Band - performed by I Salonist (2:30)
  4. The Portrait - piano solo performed by James Horner (4:43)
  5. Jack Dawson's Luck (5:38)
  6. A Building Panic (8:09)
  7. Nearer My God to Thee - performed by I Salonisti (2:49)
  8. Come Josephine, in my Flying Machine - performed by Máire Brennan (3:32)
  9. Lament (4:36)
  10. A Shore Never Reached * (4:27)
  11. My Heart Will Go On (4:43)
    with dialogue from the film
    performed by Celine Dion
  12. Nearer My God to Thee - performed by Eileen Ivers (2:22)
  13. Epilogue - The Deep and Timeless Sea *† (12:37)
  * Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra and
† the Choristers of King's College, Cambridge
   
DISC 3: Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing With You Tonight
I Salonisti (58:04)
DISC 4: Popular Music From the Titanic Era (37:51)
  1. Valse Septembre (3:39)
  2. Marguerite Waltz (2:34)
  3. Wedding Dance (2:30)
  4. Poet and Peasant (6:48)
  5. Blue Danube (6:55)
  6. Song Without Words (2:37)
  7. Estudiantina (3:10)
  8. Vision of Salome (2:42)
  9. Titsy Bitsy Girl (1:35)
  10. Alexander's Ragtime Band (2:27)
  11. Sphinx (3:48)
  12. Barcarole (3:31)
  13. Orpheus (8:40)
  14. Song of Autumn (3:52)
  15. Nearer My God to Thee (2:50)
  1. It's a Long Way to Tipperary - John McCormack (3:10)
  2. Let Me Call You Sweetheart - Halfway House Dance Orchestra (3:05)
  3. Vilia - Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra (2:44)
  4. My Gal Sal - Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers (2:57)
  5. Oh! You Beautiful Doll - Chuck Foster & His Orchestra (2:53)
  6. Martha - Adrian Rollini Trio (2:58)
  7. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:11)
  8. Waiting at the Church - Beatrice Kay (2:38)
  9. Frasquita Serenade - John Kirby & His Orchestra (2:40)
  10. Shine On, Harvest Moon - Hal Kemp (3:06)
  11. From the Land of the Sky Blue Water - Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra (2:47)
  12. Loch Lomond - Maxine Sullivan & Her Orchestra (2:52)
  13. A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight - Miff Mole's Molers (2:46)
  14. Nearer My God To Thee - Nelson Eddy (3:10)
   
   

Search Film Score...

Publication date: 6/24/2014.
Página publicada: 24/06/2014.