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The Postman (Il Postino) [Original Soundtrack]


  • 1. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Theme
    2. Morning (Love Sonnet XXVII), poem
    3. Poetry, poem
    4. Leaning into the Afternoons..., poem
    5. Poor Fellows, poem
    6. Ode To The Sea, poem
    7. Fable of the Memaid and the Drunks, poem
    8. Ode to a Beautiful Nude, poem
    9. I Like For You To Be Still, poem
    10. Walking Around, poem
    11. Tonight I Can Write..., poem
    12. Adonic Angela, poem
    13. If You Forget Me, poem
    14. Integrations, poem
    15. And Now You're Mine (Love Sonnet LXXXI), poem
    16. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman (Titles)
    17. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Bicycle
    18. Madreselva, tango
    19. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman Lullaby
    20. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Beatrice
    21. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Metaphors
    22. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Loved By Women
    23. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman (Trio version)
    24. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Sounds of the Island
    25. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman's Dreams
    26. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Pablito
    27. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: Milonga Del Poeta
    28. Madreselva, tango
    29. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman Poet
    30. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman (Harpsichord and String version)
    31. Il Postino (The Postman), film score: The Postman (Guitar and Bandoneon version)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2029

  • Credits
    ProducerJulie Goldstein; Jeffrey Kimball; Joseph Magee; Joseph Magee
    EngineerJoseph Magee; Vince Caro

    The soundtrack to IL POSTINO includes celebrity poetry readings which were not part of the original motion picture.
    Includes liner notes by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein.
    Personnel: Luis Bacalov (piano); Carlos Gardel (vocals); Riccardo Pellegrino (mandolin, violin); Hctor Ulises Passarella (bandoneon).
    Audio Mixers: Fred Vogler; Marco Streccioni; Joseph Magee.
    Liner Note Authors: Harvey Weinstein; Bob Weinstein.
    Recording information: Studio Forum, Rome, Italy.
    The theme tune from this movie is gorgeous: sweet, melancholy, unmistakably Italian. It won composer Luis Bacalov a well-deserved Best Dramatic Score Oscar. But buyers should be cautious about slapping down 16 dollars for this CD, for two reasons: First of all, while it's not easy to get tired of that poignant melody, this CD tries its darndest to get the listener good and sick of it. The leitmotif is repeated in almost every one of the 30 tracks: in the piano version, the harpsichord and string version, the guitar and bandoneon version, etc. The second reason for consumer caution is that half of the CD is a "Poetry and Music Suite" featuring a parade of superstars reading Pablo Neruda's poems (Neruda is one of the characters in this semi-historical drama). Julia Roberts, Sting, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L. Jackson, Rufus Sewell, Madonna, and a half-dozen others each take turns in this digital poetry slam. The performances are often quite alluring, and Bacalov's music meshes beautifully with Neruda's sweet, sweaty lyricism. But listeners who use their CDs for background music -- and those who like to use the random "shuffle" feature on their CD players -- might want to think twice before buying this disc. ~ Darryl Cater

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (8/4/95, p.59) - "The big bonus for those seduced by this art-house hit are the stars who recite the Pablo Neruda love poems that share space here with sambas and pastorales..." - Rating: B
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