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 Posted:   Nov 23, 2015 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Caldera Records   (Member)

Winner of the IFMCA Best Documentary Score 2011

Caldera Records is proud to present the original score for the American documentary The Wind Gods from 2011, composed by Pinar Toprak. The movie chronicles the 10 year quest of famous entrepreneur Larry Ellison who set sail with his ‘Oracle’ to win the America’s Cup and therefore bring the prestigious sailing prize home to the US after it had been won by foreigners in the past years. The documentary which is both an adventure, an insight into the mindset of the well-known billionaire and a love letter to sailing, is narrated by Jeremy Irons and features the magnum opus by its composer Toprak. The Turkish-born musician delivered a grand, sweeping and epic score which shows how exciting the music for a documentary can be: filled with several memorable themes, a detailed orchestration and a lot of swashbuckling action, the music brims with masculine forces and female sensibilities. Deservedly, Toprak was awarded the IFMCA award (International Film Music Critics Association) for Best Documentary Score in 2011 and trumped out prestigious colleagues like George Fenton and Patrick Doyle for their efforts that year. This is no surprise: recorded with the 70+ piece Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Jerome Leroy, The Wind Gods is a vivid, thematic and diverse score worthy of the biggest Hollywood epics. As a bonus, we included an exclusive audio commentary by the composer where she talks about his work. The twelfth CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet-text by Gergely Hubai and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.

1. The Wind Gods (2:50)
2. First Race 1851 (5:52)
3. Ellison vs. Bertarelli (1:06)
4. The Best Man To Steer The Boat (2:04)
5. Childhood (1:52)
6. We Are The American Team (1:02)
7. There Is No Second Place (1:39)
8. Jimmy And His Father (1:04)
9. The Final Race (3:30)
10. It Was Personal (2:07)
11. The America’s Cup is America’s Again (2:17)
12. What’s At Stake (1:05)
13. The Trophy (1:33)
14. Dreams Are To Pursue (1:15)
15. One Australia (1:26)
16. The 12 Minute Cue (12:18)
17. A Noble Defeat (1:26)
18. Dreams Are To Pursue II (2:40)

Bonus: 19. Audio Commentary by Pinar Toprak (2:54)

Listen to a 5 min clip here:

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 Posted:   Nov 23, 2015 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   TheSeeker   (Member)

Tremendous news!

 Posted:   Dec 1, 2015 - 10:16 PM   
 By:   Caldera Records   (Member)

THE WIND GODS has already received raving reviews:

“Pinar Toprak’s “The Wind Gods” is a beautifully lush orchestral score, full of excitement and admiration for the sailors. And though the journey ends on a somber note, there are plenty of exciting action cues and noble themes along the way. In the audio commentary, Toprak talks of her love for the ocean, how inspiring the images are, and how majestic the boats are. She successfully translates those feelings into her music. Without ever going over the top, her score is heroic, passionate and exciting. It is, indeed, timeless.”

“Sweeping, yet powerful score from composer Pinar Toprak who I am coming to discover that she is a world of talent…”

“This music excites me beyond acceptable levels. I am digging this totally inspiring music, and I have no shame in doing so. It’s not a guilty pleasure, it’s the ultimate pleasure where I can just love what I’m doing right now and that’s listening to this gem. I simply love what I’m hearing. It’s a score that I am happily listening to again any day at any time. It’s a score that deserves an official release and now we have it. Enjoy!”

“I’m used to Pinar Toprak’s deep emotional scores so I am very happy to discover here her more adventurous musical side. The furious strings fight with the horns to give us action and suspense and I am having a great time listening to this score. Did I say emotional moments? “The best man to steer the boat” seals the deal for me. How can a heart not sing when it hears such a beautiful cue? This is all about Pinar Toprak and the journey she creates for us as listeners. Once again she has delivered a musical flower to put in an ever growing garden. I hope soon all her releases get the treatment this one got.”

 Posted:   Dec 2, 2015 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

On order and very excited to be getting this score.

 Posted:   Jan 12, 2016 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   jlj93byu   (Member)

I hadn't heard of this until last week, but upon reading several reviews and finding a 4:35 sampling of music, I did something I rarely do--buy a soundtrack for full price before being able to hear it or view it. I paid $24 for this with shipping, so here's hoping the many rave reviews are spot on.

Here is a link to the 4:35 sample I found. It's not just a single sample from the 12 minute cue, but is a few samples put together.

 Posted:   Jan 12, 2016 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   jlj93byu   (Member)

And after my post a few minutes ago, I discovered the only other thread for this score (I posted my response in this thread after reading it, but before reading the other one). In the other thread, it has a link to Pinar Toprak's website where you can actually listen to the complete score. I have noticed the track listings are different on the website than on the released album, but at least the website provides a greater sampling of music than the brief 4:35 highlight sample.

Here is the previous thread:

Here is a link to Pinar Toprak's website. Navigate to MUSIC and then select THE WIND GODS:

 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

I just had to post how much I truly love this score. I have listened to my CD in full the past 2 days and it just fills me up. This CD should well be sold out. Thank you Caldera-keep bring the goods. smile

 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   scottweberpdx   (Member)

I just downloaded this last week and agree...its really wonderful...I hope we get more scores from her in the future.

 Posted:   Feb 4, 2018 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

A favorite of mine as well. Toprak is a major talent.

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