Monday, February 16, 2009

HOWARD SHORE - The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) on CD

Howard Shore's latest CD release is his original music for the awarded documentary, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon.

Dir.: Ellen Kuras; Co-Dir.: Thavisouk Phrasavath; Prod.: Flora Fernandez-Marengo
The Cinema Guild

Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is the epic story of a Lao soldier family's journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of New York. Thavisouk Phrasavath tells his own deeply personal story as a young man struggling to survive a war and the later hardships of immigrant life, counterpointed by his mother's astonishing tale of perseverance. Renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras' directorial debut is a remarkable collaboration with Phrasavath-a poetic, cinematically resonant film about the hidden, human face of war's "collateral damage."

The score CD comes from Howe Records on February 24, 2009 and carries 17 tracks.

Here's the tracklisting:

1. The Prophecy
2. A Soldier’s Wife
3. The Kingdom of Laos
4. Between Heaven and Hell
5. We Are Travelers
6. The Eagle Will Come
7. A Million Bees
8. Free the Animals
9. War
10. The Wisdom and Value of Human Life
11. Crossing the Mekong
12. The Funeral
13. Family
14. To the Streets of Civilization
15. Father
16. Water Buffalo
17. Reunion

Featuring Sophie Shao

And the product description:
Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore's original score to Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath's debut film, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), tells the story of the Phrasavath family's epic journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York. Filmed over the course of 23 years, The Betrayal movingly chronicles the family's struggle to reckon with that which was left behind while forging a new and difficult life in a foreign land. Thavisouk's unforgettable journey reminds us of the strength necessary to survive unthinkable conditions, and of the human spirit's inspiring capacity to adapt, rebuild, and forgive. Shore's score features solo cello (Sophi Shao), chamber orchestra and chamber choir. 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary 2009 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature PBS P.O.V. will air The Betrayal in 2009.

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