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Music For Film is the first compilation dedicated to the film music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, played by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. This selection includes compositions from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), High Heels (1991), Wild Palms (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Snake Eyes (1998), Femme Fatale (2002), Babel (2006), Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011), Yae No Sakura (2013) and The Revenant (2015). Sakamoto was already a celebrated pioneer in electronic music and composer/pianist/singer in Japan when he was asked by Nagisa Oshima to write the music for the Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence, his first major score. The list of major directors Sakamoto worked with is impressive: the veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada, Takashi Miike, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Volker Schlöndorff and Oliver Stone. Sakamoto conceived a unique approach of film scoring: a blend of splendid melodies, synthesizer work, traditional orchestral music, drum tracks, sound effects and unusual musical colors. Out of his striking contrast of musical styles and cultures, he created fascinating and enchanting standout scores. From Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence, there's the haunting main theme that manages simultaneously to be Japanese and western, a central idea in the film. For The Last Emperor, Sakamoto's score blends Chinese gestures with accessible melodies. For The Sheltering Sky, based on Paul Bowles's novel, "Sakamoto wrote a rich, profusely emotive score, reflecting the emotional journey of the two characters." For Little Buddha, the composer "integrates a standard Hollywood-style film underscore with several Indian motifs." Sakamoto's one-time collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar resulted in a flavorful sound, reliant on the sounds of a flamenco guitar. Knowing Sakamoto's admiration for frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann, it's no wonder Brian De Palma asked him for the music for Snake Eyes. As Jerry McCulley testifies, the result was brilliant: "Sakamoto... crank[s] up the brass and swirling strings into an unsettling sonic maelstrom that would've done late '50s Hitch proud." In Femme Fatale, Sakamoto's next collaboration with De Palma is his playful pastiche on Ravel's Bolero, the obsessive rhythm of the opening sequence becoming a jewel heist at the Cannes film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant marked Sakamoto's triumphant comeback after he survived throat cancer. For The Revenant, Sakamoto composed new ambient music that's simultaneously subdued, low-key and emotionally powerful. Includes CD.

A1. Main Theme from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
A2. Endroll (from The Last Emperor)
A3. Rain (from The Last Emperor)
B1. Main Theme from The Sheltering Sky
B2. Main Theme from High Heels
B3. Main Theme from Wild Palms

C1. Acceptance (from Little Buddha)
C2. Main Theme from Snake Eyes (Long Version)
C3. Bolerisch (from Femme Fatale)
D1. Bibo No Aozora (from Babel)
D2. Small Hope (from Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai)
D3. Opening Theme from Yae No Sakura
D4. Main Theme from The Revenant

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