Elliot Goldenthal - Frida [Music from the Motion Picture]

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There is always a question, when a composer works on a project set in a culture of which he or she is not actually a part, a project intended for an audience that goes beyond that culture, how closely the composer should hew to the music of the culture itself. Broadway composers, for example, often have employed musical motifs and an instrument or two indigenous to the setting of a musical set in, say, Siam or Czarist Russia, while the overall score would betray its roots in 20th century American show music. Elliot Goldenthal, a New York-based composer who often works with his romantic partner, director Julie Taymor, follows a more contemporary trend to go native in his score for Taymor's Frida, a biopic about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). On this soundtrack album, a third of the tracks are actual Mexican folk songs performed by Mexican artists. For the rest, Goldenthal presents a score based on traditional Mexican music. ~ William Ruhlmann

1) Frida, film score~Benediction and Dream - Lila Downs (02:31)
2) Frida, film score~The Floating Bed - (01:29)
3) El Conejo - Los Cojolites (02:29)
4) Paloma Negra - Chavela Vargas (03:17)
5) Frida, film score~Self Portrait With Hair Down - (01:09)
6) Alcoba Azul, song (for the film Frida) - Lila Downs (01:36)
7) Carabina 30/30 (Corrido) - El Poder del Norte (02:43)
8) Frida, film score~Solo Tu - (01:22)
9) El Gusto (Son Huasteco) - Trio Huasteco Caimanes De Tamuin (02:18)
10) Frida, film score~The Journey - (02:56)
11) El Antifaz - Miguel Galindo / Gerardo García / Liberación / Alejandro Marehuala (02:28)
12) Frida, film score~The Suicide of Dorothy Hale - (00:48)
13) Frida, film score~La Cavalera - (01:40)
14) La Bruja (Son Jarocho) - Selma Hayek / Los Vega (01:57)
15) Frida, film score~Portrait of Lupe - (02:13)
16) La Llorona - Chavela Vargas (02:22)
17) Frida, film score~Estrella Oscura - Lila Downs (01:48)
18) Frida, film score~Still Life - (01:31)
19) Frida, film score~Viva La Vida - Trio / Marimberos (02:16)
20) Frida, film score~The Departure - (02:13)
21) Frida, film score~Coyoacán and Variations - (02:34)
22) La Llorona - Lila Downs / Mariachi De Tecalitlán Juvenil / Mariachi Juvenil De Tecalitlan (02:20)
23) Frida, film score~Burning Bed - (01:08)
24) Frida, film score~Burn It Blue - Lila Downs / Caetano Veloso (07:58)

Frida [Music from the Motion Picture]
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