Excerpt: Nonesuch releases composer Clint Mansell’s score to visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah, from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, on March 25, 2014. Directed by Aronofsky, the film will be released on March 28, 2014. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice, and hope. The cast stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins. The soundtrack is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.
The Noah score is performed by Kronos Quartet, joined by Patti Smith for her song “Mercy Is” (co-written by Lenny Kaye). An orchestra and choir are led by Matt Dunkley, who was also the principal orchestrator and arranger. Other musicians on the soundtrack include solo cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, guitarists Mike Fonte and Mark Stewart, guitar violist Nigel Wiesehan, and the composer on prepared piano, Mellotron, bass guitar, and Moog. The album was produced by Clint Mansell and Geoff Foster.
Mansell, a musician, composer, and founding member of the band Pop Will Eat Itself, first worked with Aronofsky on the score for his 1998 film π. In 2000 Mansell worked with Kronos Quartet to record his acclaimed and best-selling score for Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (Nonesuch), and in 2006 he scored the filmmaker’s The Fountain (Nonesuch), which included performances by Mogwai and Kronos.
Noah soundtrack is also available for pre-order at iTunes for for $11.99 and from Amazon for $11.88. It releases on March 25.