The Three Musketeers/Haslinger

October 15, 2011

We have never had a shortage of The Three Musketeers material as the best selling Alexander Dumas (1802-1870) novel originally published as a serial between March and July in 1844 was and still is a wildly popular best seller. There have been twenty two films made starting as early as 1903. There have been at least seven animated versions including Barbie, Mickey Donald and Goofy, and Tom and Jerry. John Wayne starred in one of seven serials and there have been seven sequels a lot of them based on the final section of the novel “The Vicomte de Bragelonne” or The Man in the Iron Mask.  Why another version from Germany with a huge budget, you might ask? The answer is 3D and the ship can fly! 

Paul Haslinger, now a veteran of more than fifty films since his departure from Tangerine Dream approached this score from a classical point of view yet it is very modern sounding with his use of electronics creating the sound producer/director Paul Anderson was looking for. Some will be reminded of Pirates of the Caribbean and I can’t disagree with that. There are several loud dissonant cues, very much the modern sound many films have. If this kind of sound appeals to you there is no doubt that you’ll love this. It includes a very modern vocal by the group Take That singing “When We Were Young.”

 

Only Four Men opens the soundtrack with a solo viola followed with the lower register strings offering a relentless sense of urgency becoming louder and faster. It builds to a loud (fff) now including the synthesizer and then fades quickly into nothing. One of the stronger tracks offered on this CD.

Special Delivery For The King offers tremolo from the strings which lead us to the main theme, a motif repeated in the score. There is a brief romantic offering from the Cembalo to end the track in a delicate fashion. A very moving and memorable track.

Buckingham’s Departure is underscore material, a mixture of orchestra and synthesizer, which while not really thematic is used on more than just this track.

All For One as the title indicates is a slow building feel good track that builds in intensity to a powerful conclusion.

Do You Know Who I Am is a fun track with accordion that I could see as material behind a cartoon.

The King and Queen features the Cembalo making it a period sounding piece delicate and courtly in nature but still has a 20th century sound to it.

Concealed Weapons Tango is a very modern sounding tango with a twanging guitar and a modern beat.

Venice Heist sound could never have come from this kind of movie but it really did. It offers multiple styles, a lot of dissonant and distortion, twangy guitar, and tension.

Boys Will Be Boys is a repeat of the theme we heard in the special delivery track complete with the romantic ending.

The World Calls To The Young is a soft and romantic cue featuring a nice oboe solo complete with full sounding lush strings from the Berlin Session Orchestra.

If fighting material is your fancy there is a lot of it in Open Fire, A Chance To Escape, and Round Two.

There is no groundbreaking material in this one but people who enjoyed the movie will certainly want to seek this one out. Followers of Haslinger will also want to include this in their collection.


Track listing

1.

Only Four Men (02:15)

2.

Special Delivery For The King (02:29)

3.

Buckingham’s Departure (01:22)

4.

All For One (01:47)

5.

Do You Know Who I Am? (02:03)

6.

As Far Away As Possible (01:38)

7.

The King And Queen (01:43)

8.

Announcing Lady De Winter (00:53)

9.

Concealed Weapons Tango (01:08)

10.

Get Me One Of Those! (02:31)

11.

The Venice Heist (05:19)

12.

She Died The Way She Lived (01:48)

13.

I Hate Air Travel (01:01)

14.

Rochefort Ante Portas (01:17)

15.

Open Fire! (02:36)

16.

A Chance To Escape (01:15)

17.

Round Two (01:46)

18.

If You Insist! (01:47)

19.

You Should Have Apologized To My Horse! (01:51)

20.

Boys Will Be Boys (01:40)

21.

The World Calls To The Young (02:30)

22.

To France, Of Course (01:08)

23.

When We Were Young (04:29)
Performed by Take That

Total Duration: 00:46:16

 

Performed by The Berlin Session Orchestra conducted by Joris Bartsch-Buhle.

Orchestrations by Tim Davies and Matt Dunkley.

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