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The Ninth Gate
(1999)
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Composed and Produced by:
Wojciech Kilar

Conducted by:
Stepan Konicek

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Vocal Solos by:
Sumi Jo
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(February 22nd, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if menacingly religious horror music with a dash of alluring operatic beauty is your delight.

Avoid it... if weighty brooding in the orchestra's lower ranges is just too creepy, or if Wojciech Kilar's jaunty theme for the Corso character sounds too out of place in the film and on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #502
WRITTEN 3/7/00, REVISED 5/22/07
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The Ninth Gate: (Wojciech Kilar) Nobody will ever accuse director Roman Polanski of restraining himself when his films involve grim, violent, or sexual subject matter. Long removed from his tragic years in America and the two films that made him famous there, Polanski remains elusive to American law enforcement, which is still waiting to execute a warrant against him for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the 1970's. His films since then have been shot in Europe, including the 1999 supernatural thriller The Ninth Gate, a film once again starring his current wife and providing its pleasurable share of gruesome sex and violence. The story of the movie could be considered an intellectual examination of Satanic theory, sending its lead character (Johnny Depp) on a journey through Europe to discover the nature of the mystery behind a trio of books that could, perhaps alone or in unison, unlock the gates withholding the power of the Devil on Earth. The tightly woven plot, despite a few technical flaws along the way, makes for a viewing experience that moves so quickly in its intricate details that a short visit to the popcorn stand could render the entire film unintelligible. A natural fit for the somber and haunting religious atmosphere of the film is composer Wojciech Kilar's score, which plays a noticeably powerful role in accentuating individual moments in the picture. Most mainstream film music collectors will recall Kilar's music for the popular Dracula adaptation earlier in the decade, and a similar sense of distinguished brooding is to be heard in The Ninth Gate. Kilar certainly has a knack for defining the style of orchestral brooding, with his deep bass strings and cello layers leaving no doubt that there is evil in the world. The City of Prague Philharmonic, it chorus, and the crystal clear soprano voice of Sumi Jo are employed very carefully in the film; several of the score's most poignant moments are those during which the score suddenly stops... defying the notion that moments of realization should offer a sudden piece of music to break the silence.



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"Corso" theme decoded?
Galanski - May 11, 2014, at 5:59 p.m.
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Excellent menacing,haunting and suspenseful score
Sheridan - August 24, 2006, at 3:58 a.m.
1 comment  (2763 views)
Interesting Good Score
Cesar - March 25, 2004, at 4:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:20
• 1. Vocalise - Theme from The Ninth Gate* (3:58)
• 2. Opening Titles (3:35)
• 3. Corso (3:28)
• 4. Bernie is Dead (4:32)
• 5. Liana (3:03)
• 6. Plane to Spain (Bolero) (4:48)
• 7. The Motorbike* (1:19)
• 8. Missing Book/Stalking Corso (4:41)
• 9. Blood on His Face* (1:13)
• 10. Chateau Saint Martin (4:06)
• 11. Liana's Death (2:39)
• 12. "Boo!"/The Chase (4:29)
• 13. Balkan's Death* (3:52)
• 14. The Ninth Gate* (1:14)
• 15. Corso and the Girl* (3:21)
• 16. Vocalise - Theme from The Ninth Gate (Reprise)* (3:56)
* Contains soprano vocals by Sumi Jo

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes provide little extra information about the score, but do give the nine illustrations featured prominently in the book (with only three of them signed "LCF," though, so don't go looking to stir up trouble!) and explanations of each one.
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