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|With the release of A Single Man first time film director, one time fashion maven Tom Ford, not
only delivered one of the best films of 2009 but in doing so he is also bringing attention to the
gorgeous musical compositions of the film's primary soundtrack composer, Abel Korzeniowski. The
sybaritic beauty of Korzeniowski's music - featuring haunting solo violins, trilled flutes, gentle piano
lines - is reminiscent of other ambient composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich but Korzeniowski's
melodies are much warmer, more involving than those two masters of icy chord structures.
This is a score that doesn't overwhelm but gets under your skin and stays there. The CD release
includes the complimentary compositions of Shigeru Umebayashi. Both composers are clearly
influenced (as is Ford's film) by Hitchcock and his frequent musical collaborator Bernard Herrmann.
One track, in fact, is a direct homage to Sir Alfred's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo (it's titled "A Variation
on Scotty Trails Madeline"). Vintage tracks chosen for the film - from the sensuous, aching Jo
Stafford rendition of "Blue Moon" to "Green Onions," the vibrant Booker T. & the MG's instrumental
are also included.
A great stand alone listening experience awaits. This is in my estimation, 2009's best film score.