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The Silence of the Lambs
(1991)
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1991 MCA
2018 Quartet
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Homer Denison

Performed by:
The Munich Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(February 5th, 1991)

Quartet Records
(February 23rd, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1991 MCA album was a regular U.S. release. The 2018 Quartet album was limited to an inadequate 1,000 copies and sold at soundtrack specialty outlets for a retail price of $20. It sold out within weeks.
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Buy it... on either album option if you want to spend an hour looking over your shoulder, because few scores are as consistently unnerving as Howard Shore's morbidly dramatic The Silence of the Lambs.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to accomplish much more than establish a suspenseful mood, for its structures really aren't that complicated when studied apart from the oppressive attitude of their performance.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,328
WRITTEN 11/24/09, REVISED 5/4/18
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Shore
The Silence of the Lambs: (Howard Shore) A number of seemingly unrelated concepts were irrevocably tied to mental sickness in Jonathan Demme's monumentally successful 1991 film, The Silence of the Lambs, not the least entertaining of which were fava beans, census takers, livers, and nice Chiantis. The world suddenly became fascinated with the brilliant cannibal Hannibal Lecter, enough so to encourage actor Anthony Hopkins to reprise his incredibly delicious performance of the character in multiple sequels. He is the unfortunate key to success for a young FBI agent (Jodie Foster) who solicits help from the psychologically menacing criminal in her frantic investigation into the mind of a psychotic kidnapper from whom she needs to rescue a politician's daughter. As tense a conversational thriller to ever come from Hollywood, The Silence of the Lambs swept through the awards season like an uncontrollable wildfire, the highly disturbing interactions between Hopkins and Foster achieving legendary status. The substandard sequels did a great injustice to the quality of the original film, which managed to maintain an uncomfortable level of tension throughout its entire length, even extending its heavy atmosphere to the sudden plot shifts and demented sexuality and humor contained in its story. Among the few aspects of the production of The Silence of the Lambs that really didn't gain much attention at the time was Howard Shore's effectively troubling score. Had the composer enjoyed better mainstream name recognition at the time, he might have been carried on to his own awards consideration due to the overwhelming critical and popular triumphs of the film. Despite producing quality suspense material dating back to The Fly in the 1980's, Shore's reputation as a solid composer for this genre didn't really become widespread until a variety of higher profile projects later in the 1990's.



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179 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.08 Stars
***** 37 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1991 MCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:09
• 1. Main Title (5:04)
• 2. The Asylum (3:53)
• 3. Clarice (3:03)
• 4. Return to the Asylum (2:35)
• 5. The Abduction (3:01)
• 6. Quid Pro Quo (4:41)
• 7. Lecter in Memphis (5:41)
• 8. Lambs Screaming (5:34)
• 9. Lecter Escapes (5:06)
• 10. Belvedere, Ohio (3:32)
• 11. The Moth (2:20)
• 12. The Cellar (7:02)
• 13. Finale (4:50)
2018 Quartet Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:19

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert pf the 1991 MAC album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2018 Quartet product includes notation about the score and film.
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