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The Nativity Story
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Conducted by:
Nick Strimple

Latin Lyrics by:
Elizabeth Danna
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
New Line Records
(December 5th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release. A song album was released concurrently.
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Buy it... if you seek a respectful and intelligent balance between traditional religious pieces, their ancient instruments, and a grand orchestral and choral sound that adapts it for modern ears.

Avoid it... if the blatantly religious overtones and/or Mychael Danna's tendency to exhibit non-traditional instrumentation are a deterrent.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #522
WRITTEN 12/9/06
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The Nativity Story: (Mychael Danna) Since the reemergence of wide release films about the history of Christianity a few years ago, each successive entry in the genre seems to cause the obligatory public stir. While some people of the faith stand in lines well outside the theatre on opening night, others protest the movies for their interpretations, production elements, or commercialism. The mass of both this positive and negative attention came with Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ a few years ago, though several smaller productions about ancient Christianity often slide by with less fame or star power. One such entry is The Nativity Story, the traditional depiction of the time from Mary and Joseph in Nazareth to the few years after Jesus' birth. Despite the mixed reviews for the film, which are inevitable given the wide range of spiritual beliefs spread among those reviewers, there has been almost unanimous praise for Mychael Danna's score for the film. Danna, a Canadian, and his brother Jeff are two of the composers with foremost and vast expertise in ancient Middle Eastern and European instrumentation and traditional songs. While Mychael Danna's career may be more accomplished due to his collaboration with director Atom Egoyan, Jeff Danna may have written what is the most outstanding score about the life of Jesus in the modern age. Jeff's work for The Gospel of John in 2003 succeeded in its authenticity where the shortly subsequent John Debney score for The Passion of the Christ stumbled over its own weighty feet. And while Jeff is not listed as having any association with his brother Mychael's effort for The Nativity Story, there are significant similarities in the substance of the authenticity that made Jeff's work so fascinating. As you would expect, Mychael Danna did the same extensive research for this film as his brother had done before, collecting some of the same instruments for this project. While there exist harmonic and overarching atmospheric similarities between them, Mychael was attempting to approach the story from the perspective of the events' consequences on European life, thus allowing for the use of several European carols and other songs as well as a broader palette of Western sounds, most notably the larger choral presence.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:08
• 1. Veni, Veni Emanuel (3:10)
• 2. Words of the Prophet (1:55)
• 3. Nazareth (4:31)
• 4. You Shall Be His Wife (1:45)
• 5. The Annunciation (4:01)
• 6. To Elizabeth (2:45)
• 7. The Magi (2:02)
• 8. Why Is It Me? (1:31)
• 9. Corde Natus Ex Parentis (1:57)
• 10. Return of Mary (2:24)
• 11. I've Broken No Vow (4:52)
• 12. Census (1:37)
• 13. The Journey (2:42)
• 14. Give Me a Sign (2:38)
• 15. The Shepherd (1:43)
• 16. And Thou Bethlehem (5:54)
• 17. Is There a Place for Us? (2:08)
• 18. A Star Shall Come Forth (3:11)
• 19. I Bring You Good Tidings (1:30)
• 20. The Strength I Prayed For (1:29)
• 21. The Shepherd's Gift (5:12)
• 22. In Rosa Vernat Lilium (4:47)
• 23. Silens Nox (2:42)
• 24. Rosa Aeterna Floret (1:28)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a lengthy note from writer Doug Adams about the score, as well as lyrics.
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