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Hugo
(2011)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Jonathan Schultz
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Howe Records
(November 22nd, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you admire Howard Shore's ability to juggle a multitude of distinctive themes, this time very effectively flavoring them in the genres of children's fantasy and historical drama with an affectionate French personality.

Avoid it... if the idea of hearing accordions in waltz movements causes you a headache without even hearing the result, because while Shore does flourish in his darker passages of intrigue and mystery, the French spirit is generally saturating.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,081
WRITTEN 11/21/11
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Hugo: (Howard Shore) It didn't take long for Brian Selznick's hybrid picture book and novel of 2007, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," to achieve a high profile cinematic adaptation produced and directed by Martin Scorsese in a departure from the usually heavy subject matters of his projects. The story of the book is one of formula fantasy for young minds, following the wondrous discoveries of its titular boy, an orphan living in a Paris train station in the early 1930's. His secret life within the walls of the station takes a turn when, with the help of eccentric characters, he explores the hidden world of mechanized inventions left by his father. Early cinema plays a big role in the plot of Hugo, as do the usual fantasy topics of toys and automatons, and character actors Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, and Christopher Lee well serve the $170 million production's appeal. While the second half of Scorsese's directorial career is perhaps best known musically for its partnership with Elmer Bernstein, veteran composer Howard Shore stepped in as the new collaborator of choice for the director in the 2000's. Shore's music in the fantasy realm after the early portion of that decade will inevitably be compared to his legendary scores for the franchise of The Lord of the Rings, though in the case of Hugo, the 2011 work resides squarely in the historical children's genre and espouses an entirely different demeanor than the composer's famed triumphs. Balancing the French and gypsy elements of Hugo with a standard orchestral presence led Shore to incorporate the first group of specialty contributors into the latter as almost an additional section of players. By supplementing his standard symphonic tones with accordion, ondes martenot, cimbalom, tack piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and alto saxophone (among others), Shore meant to address the depth of mysteries and inventions in the story with several layers of musical wonder. Along the way, these contributors also lend the required Parisian spirit to the work, though the accordion seems to heft the majority of that load. The general personality of Hugo straddles the worlds of children's fantasy and historical drama by alternating between pensive whimsy and comical bursts of action. Shore has tackled this general kind of blend before, and in this circumstance, the distinctly French angle to that technique will give the score a unique allure for those who aren't immediately repulsed anytime they hear an accordion in a waltz rhythm no matter the context. While the movie's plot allows for necessary musical deviations into the realm of the silly, Shore keeps the tone accessible for the most part, the wealth of fantasy material mostly likely to solicit repeat appreciation out of context.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:33
• 1. The Thief (4:21)
• 2. The Chase (2:50)
• 3. The Clocks (4:28)
• 4. Snowfall (1:50)
• 5. Hugo's Father (3:24)
• 6. Ashes (2:33)
• 7. The Station Inspector (1:10)
• 8. Bookstore (1:52)
• 9. The Movies (1:29)
• 10. The Message (4:37)
• 11. The Armoire (2:33)
• 12. Purpose (2:04)
• 13. The Plan (2:49)
• 14. Trains (2:50)
• 15. Papa Georges Made Movies (1:53)
• 16. The Invention of Dreams (6:29)
• 17. A Ghost in the Station (6:01)
• 18. A Train Arrives in the Station (3:26)
• 19. The Magician (2:33)
• 20. Coeur Volant* (4:19)
• 21. Winding It Up (4:11)
* written by Elizabeth Cotnoir, Isabelle Geffroy, and Howard Shore and performed by Zaz

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The insert includes pictures of the soloists and the creepy, disembodied head of Howard Shore, but no extra information about the score or film.
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