Review: Playing By Heart (score)
4.5 / 5 Stars
Along with the obligatory 90s "songtrack" we get an exceptionally different score from a master of the film scoring art, John Barry. Harking back to many of Barrys earlier career scores, this score is more of a concept album rather than an actual score album. Heavily inspired by trumpet maestro, Chet Baker, this scores jazz is also intimately tied into a quote that Angela Jolie says to open the film (a quote originally attributed to composer Clara Schumann). This quote pops up in the middle of the film again and sums itself up at the end of the film (you have to see the movie for it to really make sense). Trumpeter Chris Botti fills in (rather nicely) for the former Chet Baker in parts that Barry originally scored for the film, as well as the appearance of three original Baker pieces on this album.
The music here, is a perfect underscore for a film, a rare feat for using contemporary styles of music without sounding like impersonation. The film itself is enjoyable, and only if to see Sean Connery wiggle and bark comically like a dog. The music helps run the gambit from extremely sad to remorsefully happy (especially the resolution of the Madeline Stowe and Dennis Quaid relationship). Decca does a wonderful job in its presentation, even going as far as to get noted film music author, Jon Bulingame to contribute to the liner notes. John Barry does more justice to this film than he has in the past year with his other projects, but most folks wouldnt have heard it due to the mediocre performance of the film in theaters. Luckily its made its way to video and is a perfect date movie, or just one to watch for the great interplay between the ensemble of acting talent assembled for the film.
If any information appears to be missing from this page, contact us and let us know!