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The Promise
(2006)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Li Xincao

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Jeff Toyne
Ian Honeyman
Andrew Rather

Performed by:
The Chinese National Symphony Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Christopher Brooks
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Superb Records
(May 16th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear a group of China's best orchestral players and singers translate an unproven composer's truly American sound into a magnificent blend of style and beauty.

Avoid it... if the simplicity of Klaus Badelt's constructs, still rooted in the basic chord progressions that have defined his career, detract from the authenticity of the genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #691
WRITTEN 1/12/07
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The Promise: (Klaus Badelt) Stylish Chinese fantasy films have stunned worldwide audiences in the years since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon dramatically swept the genre into the mainstream, and Chen Kaige's The Promise attempts the same transition. The most expensive Chinese film ever made, The Promise tells the supernatural adventure and romance story of a princess who has chosen immortality over love, and the three men (ranging from a servant to a general and a duke) vying for her affections. With even the melodrama written to epic proportions, every aspect of the film was conceived in lavish extravagance, not to mention the usual body-flying special effects specific to these Chinese martial arts showcases. The unfortunate demise of The Promise came when it was edited from 128 minutes down to 108 for its American version, leaving a significant portion of the character development in the first half of the film to be assumed. As a result, the film was critically assaulted for being a nonsensical display of art direction without a plot, and The Promise never received the kind of mainstream popularity that was expected of it. One of the more bizarre parts of The Promise to originally digest for Western audiences was the assignment of Media Ventures clone Klaus Badelt to the film's scoring duties. Despite his attachment to several successful American films and scores, Badelt's career had largely been an intellectual wasteland, littered at best with derivative and cliched romps like The Time Machine and heavily populated at the lower end with synthetic incoherence worthy of Catwoman. His music has always suffered a lack of complexity that has been attributed to other Media Ventures products as well, even in Ned Kelly, the score often cited as the composer's best effort. With all this in mind, it's easy to cringe the first time you pick up the album for The Promise. Rarely do you get a situation that seems so ill-fated, but as Clint Mansell reminded us in 2005 with Sahara, you can sometimes hear good and effective music in the most unlikely situations. Badelt's work for The Promise is our equivalent reminder for 2006.

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476 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.86 Stars
***** 211 5 Stars
**** 122 4 Stars
*** 57 3 Stars
** 39 2 Stars
* 47 1 Stars
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Jeroen Admiraal - January 19, 2007, at 5:19 a.m.
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An excellent score!   Expand >>
Mikae from Finland - January 19, 2007, at 12:23 a.m.
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Newest: October 18, 2007, at 1:18 p.m.by John
2006's big suprise   Expand >>
Levente Benedek - January 18, 2007, at 2:06 p.m.
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Excellent
Sheridan - January 18, 2007, at 10:24 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 72:41
• 1. Freedom of the Wa (2:40)
• 2. Wuji - Main Theme (3:45)
• 3. Love Theme (2:13)
• 4. Kunlun, the Slave (1:48)
• 5. Qingcheng, the Princess (1:22)
• 6. Guangming, the General (1:07)
• 7. Wuhuan, the Duke (1:53)
• 8. Princess Kite (5:03)
• 9. The Promise (5:22)
• 10. Snow Country (4:32)
• 11. The Robe (8:04)
• 12. Save the King (4:00)
• 13. Guilang, the Assassin (2:24)
• 14. Saving a Princess (3:17)
• 15. Feather Fight (2:04)
• 16. Waterfall (2:44)
• 17. Stampede (4:45)
• 18. Come Back (4:28)
• 19. Birdcage (1:53)
• 20. Wuhuan's Plan (10:20)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lengthy notes by director Chen Kaige about the film, but no extra information about the score.
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