Thomas Newman - The Shawshank Redemption: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)
Genre: Soundtrack | Size: 202 Mb | Year: 1994 | Format: Flac | 21 Tracks | Bitrate: Lossless | Total Time: 00:53:41
The Shawshank Redemption is the original soundtrack, on the Sony BMG label, of the 1994 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. The original score was composed by Thomas Newman.
The highly acclaimed adaptation of a Stephen King short story from 1982, The Shawshank Redemption is a dark, but ultimately uplifting 1940's tale of mistaken imprisonment and remarkable escape. Directed by novice Frank Darabont, the film explored the concepts of friendship and hope, following the developing friendship of the story's two main protagonists from the gloomy prospect of serving life sentences together in a brutal prison to their unlikely but extremely satisfying escape and reunion with riches in hand. As the title suggests, the element of redemption is crucial to The Shawshank Redemption, and in the face of domineering judgement and justice, the characters' prevailing psyches are more likely the stars of the films. For composer Thomas Newman, who had not yet breached the mainstream of film scoring in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption was, by his accounts, an extremely difficult project. Ultimately, through some negotiation with Darabont in the creative process, Newman managed to stike an elegantly restrained balance between the grim tones of the Shawshank Prison and the more melodic influences of hope. Newman would be rewarded for both The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women in 1994 with Academy Award nominations, and the year would serve notice of the composer's legitimate arrival on the scene. Both scores, along with Scent of a Woman and Fried Green Tomatoes, would define Newman as a creative artistic master of orchestral and vocal ensembles, and when you see and read about Newman fans who are split between the two halves of Newman's own musical personality, The Shawshank Redemption is a strong (if not the strongest) representative from Newman's orchestral half.