5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the Greatest Movie Scores of All Time
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2018
This is a moving and beautiful score, good movie too. It has a great melody that carries throughout many of the songs that makes you want to hear it again and again. I love the use of many different instruments and song styles. This is powerful music worth listening to.
I love "The Mission" track but most of the rest of the CD is too "way out" for my taste. I just play a few tracks over and over whenever I want to listen to this. Wish I could have had a CD with just "The Mission" on it but didn't see one.
I have the original cassette tape of this soundtrack, which was recorded with analog. When I played this digital CD, something wasn't right to me. I looked at the cover and saw it had been remixed and recorded digitally. If you never heard the original you would not notice. But I am a trained professional musician with a degree in instrumental music and my ear heard the difference right away. It's still one of the most beautiful filmscores I've ever heard. Gabriel's Song or oboe is gorgeous and deeply moving. Get it, you'll love it.
I prefer the original instrumental version over the rendition with lyrics that Sarah Brightman started later, aka Nella Fantasia. It's like reading a novel versus watching a movie adaptation of it. Speaking of Nella Fantasia, the one done by Katherine Jenkins is offensively rude.
I had seen the film ("The Mission") some years ago and was more engrossed with the scenary and the message of the film than the background music. When there was a review of the Monaco Grand Prix this year, it used a haunting piece of music to set the scene of Monaco itself with it's ambience.
I did some research and found it was a particular track from the Sound Track album. Whilst the whole album is essentially different versions of the same theme - the one track of 'Gabriels Oboe' is brilliant and worth it on it's own.