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Spirited Away
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, Produced, and Performed on Piano by:
Joe Hisaishi

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jun Nagao
Kazunori Miyake

Performed by:
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(September 10th, 2002)
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Several commercial releases in Japan (including limited and image versions with different cover art) existed in 2001 before Milan released identical products in Europe and America in 2001 and 2002.
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Buy it... if the whimsically flowing optimism typical of Joe Hisaishi's most exuberant and pretty music for Studio Ghibli reliably infuses sunshine into even the dreariest of your days.

Avoid it... if you easily tire of incessantly bright music, both in melodies of throwback innocence and sudden shifts in fluffy orchestral bombast that diminish a score's unconvincingly suspenseful moments.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,524
WRITTEN 11/16/09
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Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi): (Joe Hisaishi) Few animators in the history of cinema have been as acclaimed as Hayao Miyazaki, king of the Japanese anime genre in the 1990's and 2000's. While not known widely outside of Japan in comparison to animated competition from America, Miyazaki's films are known for several consistent distinctions of quality, including vivid visual representations using techniques not reliant upon computers, a keen sense of storytelling in his own scripts, and an environmental agenda that often works its way into the stories. As in many comparable Studio Ghibli productions, 2001's Spirited Away is a film of both surprising length and content able to entertain children and adults over that time. Larger explorations of the topic of identity are the focus of Spirited Away, a young girl and her parents inadvertently transferred to a realm of spirits and bizarre creatures where the parents are turned into pigs and the girl needs help from the strange inhabitants of this foreign universe to free her family and return to the real world. It's a story that refreshingly avoids the pitfalls of predictability that usually restrain the effectiveness of many animated tales. One of the greatest ironies in the world of animation is the fact that Walt Disney Pictures acquired the rights to distribute Miyazaki's films in the United States, often disgracing their own catalog when offering the usually superior Japanese releases. After some disgruntlement with how Disney handled the translation and distribution of the Miyazaki hit Princess Mononoke a few years earlier, Disney took great care in how it dubbed and promoted Spirited Away, earning a surprising but widely rejoiced Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002. One of the other reliable consistencies involving Miyazaki films is Joe Hisaishi's music for them. After decades of collaborations, the international spotlight placed on Studio Ghibli through the wide distribution of films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea gave Hisaishi's music an overdue audience outside of Japan. While he is prolific in his compositional career in all genres in his native country, Hisaishi's output for the animated genre has created a unique voice in the realm of children's music that is difficult to compare to any other film music composer. His airy and whimsical tone and almost Golden Age-style of melodic grace make his music instantly recognizable, and Spirited Away is no exception. One of the primary reasons Spirited Away remains a popular score among Hisaishi collectors is precisely because of its embodiment of the composer's trademark animation sound.



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Spirited Away - Easily a 4 star score
Roman - January 24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:51
• 1. One Summer's Day (3:09)
• 2. A Road to Somewhere (2:07)
• 3. The Empty Restaurant (3:15)
• 4. Nighttime Coming (2:00)
• 5. The Dragon Boy (2:12)
• 6. Sootballs (2:33)
• 7. Procession of the Spirits (3:00)
• 8. Yubaba (3:30)
• 9. Bathhouse Morning (2:02)
• 10. Day of the River (3:13)
• 11. It's Hard Work (2:26)
• 12. The Stink Spirit (4:01)
• 13. Sen's Courage (2:45)
• 14. The Bottomless Pit (1:18)
• 15. Kaonashi (No Face) (3:47)
• 16. The Sixth Station (3:38)
• 17. Yubaba's Panic (1:38)
• 18. The House at Swamp Bottom (1:29)
• 19. Reprise (4:53)
• 20. The Return (3:20)
• 21. Always With Me (3:35)

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The insert includes lyrics for the song and extensive credits.
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