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Pan's Labyrinth
(2006)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Javier Navarrete

Conducted by:
Mario Klemens

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(December 19th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek an exotic, rich fantasy score with thematic integrity and grand, tonal schemes while maintaining a persistent sense of dread in its dissonant accompaniment.

Avoid it... if you are easily exhausted by extremely dense, complicated, and emotionally conflicted scores, no matter their beauty.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #440
WRITTEN 1/5/07
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Pan's Labyrinth: (Javier Navarrete) It's not often that films with two concurrent storylines stand equally as strong as the two in Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. A highly complex film with rich connections between its real and fairy tale halves, Pan's Labyrinth is an exploration of both the rebellion against Franco in Spain after World War II and one young girl's imaginative attempts to handle her own horrific place in that struggle. While references to The Wizard of Oz can be made, there should be no doubt that Pan's Labyrinth has no intention of being shown to children, for its concepts are truly disturbing in a gothic, socio-political way. The overwhelming fantasy element in the film does seem to influence the orchestral score more than the realistic and militaristic side of the story. That score is provided by experienced Spanish composer Javier Navarrete, who has served as Del Toro's usual collaborator for his Spanish-language projects (while Marco Beltrami has scored his English-language ones). The task of matching the stunning visuals of Pan's Labyrinth would require an extremely broad and creative approach by Navarrete, whose orchestral knowledge would be more than sufficient for a massive fantasy score. His finished score is definitely a product of the film's gloomy brutality. The ominous environment of Del Toro's bleak designs permeates every moment of the music for Pan's Labyrinth, and Navarrete's elegant style of writing causes the score to have a distinct allure despite its largely harsh and depressing emotional impact. Part of that allure comes from the simple fact that Navarrete's sound will be fresh for most American and mainstream listeners, and his romantic sensibilities will give you a feel similar in intrigue to Dario Marianelli's work for V for Vendetta and The Brothers Grimm. Perhaps it truly takes a European composer to make the darkness so bright with an aural battle of harmony and dissonance; one of the few unfortunate aspects of Pan's Labyrinth is its easy superiority in raw creative power over most of anything the A-list American composers are writing today.



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876 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.96 Stars
***** 437 5 Stars
**** 162 4 Stars
*** 140 3 Stars
** 81 2 Stars
* 56 1 Stars
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diane stewart - January 6, 2013, at 7:37 p.m.
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This is a 5 star score if I've ever heard one! *NM*
GK - April 4, 2012, at 4:23 p.m.
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The jungle book girl's song
Anna - March 4, 2010, at 12:18 p.m.
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The Jungle Book Song
roybatty - February 12, 2007, at 6:52 p.m.
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Dissonant??
Josh - January 21, 2007, at 8:59 p.m.
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Wow!!   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 73:44
• 1. Long, Long Time Ago (2:11)
• 2. The Labyrinth (4:04)
• 3. Rose, Dragon (3:34)
• 4. The Fairy and the Labyrinth (3:33)
• 5. Three Trials (2:04)
• 6. The Moribund Tree and the Toad (7:08)
• 7. Guerrilleros (2:05)
• 8. A Book of Blood (3:47)
• 9. Mercedes Lullaby (1:36)
• 10. The Refuge (1:32)
• 11. Not Human (5:52)
• 12. The River (2:48)
• 13. A Tale (1:52)
• 14. Deep Forest (5:45)
• 15. Vals of the Mandrake (3:38)
• 16. The Funeral (2:42)
• 17. Mercedes (5:34)
• 18. Pan and the Full Moon (5:04)
• 19. Ofelia (2:16)
• 20. A Princess (3:59)
• 21. Pan's Labyrinth Lullaby (1:47)

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