Hugo: The Original Score


(Howard Shore)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Hugo" is the touching tale of believing in yourself enough to help other believe in themselves. This magical film could only be brought to life by the equally-magical original score from Howard Shore. This marks the sixth collaboration of Mr. Shore and Martin Scorsese.

The score on the whole is beautifully evocative, not only of Paris, but of Paris in the 1930s.  Listeners can recall key scenes of the film, but can also picture themselves sitting in an outdoor cafe sipping coffee with an accordion playing in the distance.

Included are 21 musical "vingettes" from the film as well as the final credits piece "Coeur Volant" performed by Zaz.  I call them "vingettes" because the pieces are short (approximately 1:10 to 6:01) and are truly tied to the scene in which it was played.  If you've seen the movie, you'll enjoy reliving the story. ("Hey, that's the scene where Borat is chasing Hugo!) If you haven't seen "Hugo," you'll love it just the same; minus the Borat part.

To quote Mr. Shore, “I wanted to match the depth of the sound to the depth of the image.” I believe he's more than achieved that with "Hugo." Mr. Shore brings to life the French Cabaret and blends it beautifully with his usual brilliance of orchestral writing.


Review by Jennifer Isbell