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 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

About two weeks ago I happened to watch a DVD that was just released, a six-part miniseries from 2000 - Danish - called The Spider. I knew nothing about it, but being a huge fan of the original Swedish Wallander series (and having issued Adam Norden's from same for that reason) and most Swedish and Danish crime series like Bron (The Bridge) and The Killing, I thought I'd take a chance.

The miniseries is very well done, with nice period costumes and settings (the film takes place in post WWII Copenhagen), and it's compelling viewing. No real surprises, but very enjoyable with an excellent cast.

But one of the key things about this being so enjoyable is the absolutely brilliant music of Soren Hyldgaard. I knew nothing of his work and had frankly never heard of him at all. But funnily, right after I watched The Spider I watched a movie called Red - not the action/adventure comedy with Bruce Willis, but a drama starring Brian Cox. I liked it very much and its score, which was by - Soren Hyldgaard. I took that as a sign I should see what was available by him so I could buy it. Thanks to the handy-dandy search box here I found the MSM compilation - little five-minute or so suites from a lot of his work, including both The Spider and Red. I bought it and really enjoyed it tremendously, mostly because he has a wonderful melodic sense and the sensibility of the masters - The Spider is Herrmannesque, Goldsmithesque, a flavor of Morricone and Donnagio occasionally, too - and that's AOK in my book.

Those who know me know that when I fall in love with music I will do whatever it takes to get it out into the world. And so I found Soren Hyldgaard (it took a bit, but my pal, agent Jeff Kaufman, helped), we had a really nice e-mail volley and I'm happy to say Kritzerland is picking up the Hyldgaard ball and running with it. At some point there was a Danish CD of The Spider, about forty-three minutes long, but OOP for many, many years. So, the first thing we're doing is righting that wrong with a fantastic seventy-eight minute release of The Spider. I'm hoping all film music fans will give this great music a chance.

We'll also be doing Red, which will have a companion score with it. If these do well, then we'll have some others, too. It's always grand fun to discover a real talent like Soren Hyldgaard, even though he's been doing this for quite some time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Excellent.

Never seen or heard but this is just fantastic. Watch a film, like the music, call up the composer and next the music is getting released.
OK, I know it didn't go quite as quick as that but even so I found this little story wonderful.

Will definitely check out the samples.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Excellent.

Never seen or heard but this is just fantastic. Watch a film, like the music, call up the composer and next the music is getting released.
OK, I know it didn't go quite as quick as that but even so I found this little story wonderful.

Will definitely check out the samples.


It actually was that fast smile We connected in a day, and had a deal about twenty minutes later.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Great news and story Bruce. I was lucky to have met Maestro Hyldgaard at a UCLA movie music event back in the 90's. I remember Elmer Bernstein being there and speaking and there was a Silent Auction for Film Music related stuff. I big and won a huge Pencil Sketch on poster paper board of Alex North. Still have it in storage somewhere. Must find and put it up. Anyway, a friend of mine and I sat with Soren and a friend of his and we had nice chats about film scoring. Back then Soren was just starting out I believe and he was gracious to give my friend and I his Composer Promo Sampler CD which he also signed. Great music filled out the CD. Wondrous music and very very good! We also took some great photos, which I must find. He was such a nice friendly guy and my friend and I were so fortunate to meet him and spend time.

So glad you discovered the Maestro for yourself Bruce and now it looks like a lot of wonderful stuff will come from you both. I can't wait and wish you both the best in success which I feel confident you will have! So Awesome! We are all in store for some great treats!

Thank you Bruce! You and KRITZERLAND ROCK!!!!!!

Maestro Soren Hyldgaard:



Some of his great music:

A nice orchestra performance of some of his music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISJT-GbCqOw

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Great news and story Bruce. I was lucky to have met Maestro Hyldgaard at a UCLA movie music event back in the 90's. I remember Elmer Bernstein being there and speaking and there was a Silent Auction for Film Music related stuff. I big and won a huge Pencil Sketch on poster paper board of Alex North. Still have it in storage somewhere. Must find and put it up. Anyway, a friend of mine and I sat with Soren and a friend of his and we had nice chats about film scoring. Back then Soren was just starting out I believe and he was gracious to give my friend and I his Composer Promo Sampler CD which he also signed. Great music filled out the CD. Wondrous music and very very good! We also took some great photos, which I must find. He was such a nice friendly guy and my friend and I were so fortunate to meet him and spend time.

So glad you discovered the Maestro for yourself Bruce and now it looks like a lot of wonderful stuff will come from you both. I can't wait and wish you both the best in success which I feel confident you will have! So Awesome! We are all in store for some great treats!

Thank you Bruce! You and KRITZERLAND ROCK!!!!!!

Maestro Soren Hyldgaard:



Some of his great music:

A nice orchestra performance of some of his music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISJT-GbCqOw


The You Tube clip is wonderful.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

His awesome EYE OF THE EAGLE music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVQKwrqDQJI

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Oh, this is good news. My only exposure to his work is the MSM compilation and it's great.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

You're not only selling future Kritzerland releases, but now I'm ordering DVDs of The Spider and Red. Count me in for The Spider & Red soundtracks.

Any time frame you can mention for a release?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

You're not only selling future Kritzerland releases, but now I'm ordering DVDs of The Spider and Red. Count me in for The Spider & Red soundtracks.

Any time frame you can mention for a release?


The Spider will be first - sometime in August - just working on the packaging now.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Søren Hyldgaard, The guy who did THE CHAPLIN PUZZLE and EYE OF THE EAGLE? When I heard the music from those two I swear this guy was going places. Even hearing his earliest scores like THE LAST FERRY on his promo was really impressive. And then nothing!

I am overjoyed I will finally be hearing more stuff from this guy. Thanks Kritzerland!

Like everybody has said above, we are in for a treat. Anyone whose horror scores sound like this needs to be heard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIJ7mIjMfO0

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

I name you Bruce, saint and patron of unheard-of composers. wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


Bruce, this is what makes you so unique and likeable among your peers. Your joyous love of music pushes you to invest your blood, sweat and tears into bringing about these types of projects. We are the beneficiaries of that love.

On another thread, a comment was made about a fellow producer of yours having a "production pedigree". My basset hound had a pedigree; you have a gift that continues to benefit all of us.

I look forward to this release. Thanks Bruce.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Bravo, Bruce --and thank you, Henry!

The composer's name didn't ring a bell with me, but now that I've been reminded of the purchased-long-ago-but-long-forgotten CHAPLIN PUZZLE, I will dig it out of my shelf, dust it off, and take it for a spin...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Bravo, Bruce --and thank you, Henry!

The composer's name didn't ring a bell with me, but now that I've been reminded of the purchased-long-ago-but-long-forgotten CHAPLIN PUZZLE, I will dig it out of my shelf, dust it off, and take it for a spin...

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

A sale here. I really like his work too. Thank you Mr. Kimmel. Soren Hyldegaard also did the orchestrations on Silva's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN/ INVISIBLE RAY CD conducted by Kenneth Alwynn way back in the 90's.
I also saw Soren participating in a panel on film music in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was the only composer on the panel. The other panelists were .... I'm not sure what you would call them.... they licensed songs. I attended to hear Soren and the moderator threw him one brief question (out of courtesy I imagine), but the entire mornings focus, and indeed all the filmmakers questions directed at the panel, was about how to get more songs into their movies.
At the end the licensing people were mobbed for more information and Soren slipped quietly away before I could 'fan-boy' him.

I also recommend the RED movie. Red is a dog's name not a acronym for whatever it was that Bruce Willis movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Uh-oh. I treasure the BRIDE album because it's long been one of my top favorite scores, but the orchestration for the CD was problematical. The second statement of the villagers' victory march is given over to brass, whereas it was clearly the orovince of the string section on the original soundtrack.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

The 1993 Silva BRIDE disc was also co-orchestrated/ reconstructed by Tony Bremner so that particular track might not have been Soren's work. I believe the liner notes indicate some occasional artistic liberties were taken as well.

" For this recording Mr. Bremner has taken artistic license to discreetly use a synthesizer in several places."
"Examination of the (original orchestrator Clifford) Vaughn orchestrations and comparison with acetate "air check" recordings of the music tracks for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN that reside in the Franz Waxman Collection at Syracuse University indicate that many cues underwent on-the-fly revisions during the recording session."
Bush, Richard: The Bride of Frankenstein CD liner notes. pg.6 col.2 1993, Silva Screen Records (Silva SSD1028). Produced by Soren Hyldegaard.

 
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