James Horner – Titanic [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

AMG review: James Horner’s score for James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic is much like the film itself — against all expectations, James Horner – Titanic delivers exactly what it promises. His score is grand, without falling into typical melodrama, and delicately romantic, without being sickly sentimental; it offers genuine emotion and excitement, with the haunting vocals of Norwegian singer Sissel providing a nice counterpoint to Horner’s blend of strings, vocals, orchestras, and synthesizers. Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” may feel a little like an afterthought, especially after experiencing Horner’s wrenching, affecting score, but its heart is in the right place. Nevertheless, it is Horner’s instrumental work and its whirlwind of emotions that makes the score of Titanic a voyage worth repeating. [The soundtrack was reissued in 2012 with a remastered version of the original score, as well as a bonus disc featuring period music from I Salonisti, the folk quintet that appeared in the film.] –by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Amazon.ca: The 1997 Academy Award winner for Best Dramatic Score, James Horner’s Titanic was the first soundtrack to reach the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts in two decades; it also seemed to rival the Big Mac in sales for the year. And what can we say about Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”; would “ubiquitous” suffice?
Horner’s combination of synths, chorale, and orchestra perfectly underscores the action in director James Cameron’s 20th-century melodrama. It’s a finely honed piece of Hollywood craftsmanship from a composer who has tackled more musically adventuresome projects in his career. FYI: Horner’s follow-up to Titanic was the score for a different disaster: Deep Impact. –Jerry McCulley

 

James Horner – Titanic Tracklist

  1. Never an Absolution
  2. Distant Memories
  3. Southampton
  4. Rose
  5. Leaving Port
  6. “Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch”
  7. “Hard to Starboard”
  8. Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave
  9. The Sinking
  10. Death of Titanic
  11. A Promise Kept
  12. A Life So Changed
  13. An Ocean of Memories
  14. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from “Titanic”)
  15. Hymn to the Sea

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