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The Legend (AKA: Four Gods) OST (MBC TV Drama)
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Without any doubt, the most anticipated Korean drama of 2007 is Four Gods (a.k.a. The Legend) starring Bae Yong Joon (Winter Sonata) as Korea's legendary Gwanggaeto the Great, the 19th king of the Goguryeo Dynasty whose legacy of territorial expansion extended beyond Manchuria. Four Gods caused a major uproar in the media from the very beginning with its A-list cast of Bae Yong Joon, Moon So Ri (Oasis), Choi Min Soo (Holiday), and Park Sang Won (Sandglass). The 24-episode drama's staggering $40 billion won production costs are rumored to have even exceeded the budget benchmark of sci-fi blockbuster D-War.

After numerous postponements, Four Gods finally exploded onto small screens nationwide on September 10, 2007. Viewer response has been positive, with some even placing the drama's CG work in the same league as that of Hollywood film Lord of the Rings. After its airing, radio programs and internet sites were inundated with inquiries about the drama's soundtrack which features majestic surround sounds that complement the grandiose scale of the drama.

Presiding over the scores of Four Gods is Japanese master composer Hisaishi Joe, best known for his work on Miyazaki Hayao films like Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. Hisaishi Joe brings a world-class presence and high esteem to the drama. He also collaborates with K-pop sensation Dong Bang Shin Ki for "Eternal Love" (Track 19), the ending theme to Four Gods.

Four Gods OST includes a 19-track CD and a DVD that contains music videos of "Eternal Love" and "Damdok - MainTheme".

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Product Title: The Legend (AKA: Four Gods) OST (MBC TV Drama) 太王四神記電視原聲大碟 (MBC劇集) 太王四神记电视原声大碟 (MBC剧集) 太王四神記 韓国ドラマOST (MBC) 태왕사신기 OST (MBC TV 드라마)
Singer Name(s): Korean TV Series Soundtrack | Dong Bang Shin Ki 韓國電視原聲 | 東方神起 韩国电视原声 | 东方神起 韓国TVドラマサントラ | 東方神起 한국드라마 사운드트랙 | 동방신기
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2007-10-22
Language: Korean
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: CD+DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Universal Music (South Korea)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005073323

Product Information / Track List

01. Oening
02. 성전
03. 담덕의 테마 (메인테마)
04. 수지니의 테마 (외로움)
05. 기하의 테마 (운명적인 만남)
06. 운명
07. 화천회
08. 신들의 전쟁
09. 담덕의 테마 (용맹)
10. 거믈촌
11. 적군의 공격
12. 단결
13. 승리
14. 허락
15. 세월은 흐르고
16. 이루어지지 않는 사랑
17. 첫사랑
18. 수지니의 테마 (피아노 솔로)
19. 천년연가 / 동방신기

DVD (Drama Music Video)
01. 천년연가 / 동방신기
02. 담덕의 테마

최고의 화재와 최고의 기대작, 그리고 최고의 음악으로 만나는 [태왕사신기 OST]…
방송 이후 라디오 프로그램과 인터넷 음악 사이트에는 OST가 언제 서비스 되느냐는 문의가 쇄도하고 있다. 배용준, 문소리, 박상원, 최민수 등의 화려한 캐스팅과 430억원이라 알려져 있는 전무후무한 제작비 수준, 일찌감치 논란의 불씨를 제공했던 화려한 CG와 함께, 드라마에 사용된 웅장한 음악들이 도대체 누구의 작품이냐는 문의가 꼬리를 물고 있다. 기존의 한국 드라마에서 느껴보지 못했던 웅장한 사운드, 다양한 편성은 누구의 음악인지 사뭇 궁금증을 자아낼 만하다.

히사이시 조의 음악, 동방신기의 노래
<태왕사신기>의 음악은 일본 영화 음악의 거장 히사이시 조가 맡았다. 히사이시 조는 <하울의 움직이는 성>, <센과 치히로의 행방불명>, <모노노케 히메> 등 미야자끼 하야오의 애니메이션, <기꾸지로의 여름>, <하나비> 등의 영화 음악을 맡았던 영화 음악계의 거장이다. 이미 음악 팬들에게는 너무도 유명한 인물. 한국 드라마에 히사이시 조의 음악이 씌여지기는 이번이 처음이지만, 음악팬들은 역시나 이름값을 한다는 반응이 지배적이다.

동방신기의 노래, 천년연가
이뿐만이 아니다. <태왕사신기>의 엔딩 타이틀인 ‘천년연가(千年戀歌)’는 히사이시 조의 작곡에 동방신기의 노래를 얹었다. 배용준과 동방신기라는 걸출한 한류 스타들과 히사이시 조라는 거장이 만났으니, 시청자들의 관심을 끌만도 하다.
<태왕사신기>의 음악도 드라마만큼이나 뜨거운 반응을 얻어내지 않을까?
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Hisaishi scores BIG time!
Four Gods OST is one to gush over and rave about. Almost all of its 19 tracks (and I will explain later why I say "almost") are bathed in the mystical warmth of a historical fantasy. It offers plenty of evocative sounds that capture the essence of this year's blockbuster drama Four Gods (a.k.a. The Legend) starring Bae Yong Joon (Winter Sonata). The instrumental score is definitely pleasurable on its own as orchestral music. Although the songs will resonate better if you have watched the drama, the score alone tells the whole story. The score for the drama has been raising eyebrows ever since Four Gods first aired in September of 2007. Joe Hisaishi, arguably Japan's most prolific and influential contemporary composer, puts artistic finesse in every track, which makes the soundtrack worthy of a listen simply based on its musical quality.

Starting off Four Gods OST is "Opening" (Track 1). This majestic score evokes the feel of the Far Orient, complementing the theme of the drama like bread and butter, or rather rice and curry. Instantaneously, it transports you to the time of warriors and mythological beliefs. Its orchestral artistry is breathtaking, with each instrument magically fusing into a whole. The score bears the familiar sounds of Hisaishi's signature tunes. In fact, it's Spirited Away meets Gladiator. It's little Chihiro and her entourage of gladiators heading towards the Roman Coliseum as the village onlookers hail for their victory.

Hisaishi's creativity shines brightly in the flute-laden GomulChon (Track 10) as he maintains the atmosphere throughout the piece. It starts with a delicate woodwind solo followed by staccato string sounds that resemble a Balinese harp - eh, so much for my knowledge of musical instruments. All I can say is that the exotic percussion puts your mind in a far-away land and is perfect for portraying a spiritual community of followers awaiting the heavens' divine command.

In "Forgive Me" (Track 14), a song that laments the pain of a broken love, Hisaishi adds a tint of local flavor with signature tunes borrowed from typical Korean ballads. Newcomer Joon Suh lends his emotive vocals to "Forgive Me". The singer is heard drawing a deep sigh of sorrow throughout the piece, expressing the frailty of love.

If I had to pick my favorite track, it would be "Kiha - Destiny" (Track 5). This string-laden, multi-faceted piece illuminates in its fluidity and complexity. The orchestral score is alternately lush and foreboding in its lament of a bittersweet enchantment of love. The score begins with the dark, melodic sounds of cello as Kiha is seen alone in a dark, secluded room with a handful of her shirt clenched in her hand. The mood lightens up a bit with strings taking the center stage, whisking her away from the darkness to a time when life was beautiful and love was permitted. But those times are short-lived as the score climbs up to its climax, bringing out her rage against betrayal, only to awaken her back to reality - back to the dark, secluded room.

Now comes the tricky part of my review. The last track in Four Gods OST is Dong Bang Shin Ki's "Eternal Love", and just because it's TVXQ, I had high hopes for the song. Unfortunately, Hisaishi concocts a song that has Miyazaki stuck in the '80s. The track starts out with a solo vocal, soon accompanied by a cappella hums and a light keyboard accompaniment. Then comes the annoying finger snapping - you could almost picture TVXQ dressed in lounge jackets swaying from one side to another while snapping their fingers away. Also, its mid-tempo interlude is reminiscent of that of an '80s-style rock ballad where the singer stands on stage looking rather uncomfortable. My initial impression was that TVXQ's voice does not complement the mood of the drama; but the more I listened, the more I realized it was the music.

A good soundtrack evokes the internal motivations that drive the drama's characters and situations. In other words, soundtracks are meant to assist the picture, less the other way around. However, Four Gods OST breaks the code by outperforming the drama. My only hope is that Four Gods can step up to the level of its own music.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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February 8, 2008

Amazing! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Four Gods OST, was really amazing! Although, i'm nt a korean, soundtrack really goes to the story itself, every scenes was remembered, once u've heard the (19)songs, the story itself flashback, the happy moments, the sadness, the bitterness, the bravery of Damdeuk, the love and anger -- every moments. All was great, as BYJ portray the role of a King, he was really incomparable, really a blockbuster epic drama series of all-time. Congratulations to the staff & crew, actors and actresses, to the director of TWSSG, for bringing this amazing, great, wonderful drama, and Bae Yong Joon, in a lead role, congratulations, u really did a good job, superb. Take care... frm the Phils.
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January 12, 2008

I love this soundtrack Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The soundtrack is excellent. It matches the mood of every scene and it flows very well. This has got to be one of my most favorite korean dramas. Every song captures a piece of my heart, memory, and understanding. I cannot wait until this drama is released with English subtitles. Listening to the soundtrack carries me into a different era, to a time and place where my heart subsides.
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October 18, 2007

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AWESOME!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This soundtrack is filled with GREAT songs! Not only does TVXQ feature in it, the instrumental songs are really dramatic and profound. This is DEFINITELY worth buying. If you have time too, watch the drama: that's even better.
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