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 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 3:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Do you know what the best film score was in 2017?

To me, there's no doubt -- Zbigniew Preisner's (and Lisa Gerrard's) score for the gorgeously poetic Norwegian film SKYGGENES DAL [VALLEY OF SHADOWS] -- also a film featuring in my Top 10 of the year.

Preisner utilizes more electronics than usual, but in a lofy, ethereal way, plus some gorgeous writing for strings, male chorus and some spellbinding moments (two tracks) featuring Lisa Gerrard on vocals. It really captures the mystery of the forest, as seen through the young boy's eyes and imagination. Just pure bliss!

Alas, the score does not (yet) have a commercial release. I really hope it does soon. But meanwhile, you can hear two tracks from the promo in my webcast episode on the best scores of the year. Scroll to 44:20 here: http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-54-the-10-best-scores-of-2017-18th-international-edition/

Who do we bother to get this score properly released?



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Thanks Thor for promoting rather unknown scores like this. I like both Zbigniew Preisner and Lisa Gerrard and should check out this one since your description looks promising. In another thread, you mentioned Forget’s LA FORET. Believe it or not: although I’m French, I never ever heard of this composer before! I visited his website in the meantime and listened to a few excerpts from this TV score as well as from MISSIONS, another effort for the TV. I will try to play the full CD's in order to make up my mind. There are several newcomers such as this guy or Mathieu Lamboley and it's not always easy to keep up to date. But thanks for your curiosity and for sharing your findings with the members of the board.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2018 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

No problem! Yeah, Forget's LA FORET was a late discovery for me; after I had done my Top 10. But that and this score are really made of the same "ilk" (perhaps not surprising, since both seem to be about the mysteries of the forest), although the superior score is Preisner's, by far.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, enthusiastic as I am about this one, I realize it's not easy to create buzz here, for a score that is not available outside the movie, and for a movie that will probably never screen at your local Cineplex.

But it seems to have been a trend with Preisner lately -- several of his newer scores remain unreleased. For example, the drop-dead gorgeous score he wrote for A História Da Eternidade (2014). Again only a promo. When was the last time Preisner released a commercial soundtrack for one of his scores?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

It seems the last one was LA REINA DE ESPANA (2016) of which the score was released by Quartet Records. I didn’t have the opportunity to listen to that one:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2411144/?ref_=nm_flmg_com_4

Preisner also scored the British movie LIES WE TELL that came out today:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4423984/?ref_=nm_flmg_com_1

No idea if this soundtrack is likely to surface on record.

Laurent

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It seems the last one was LA REINA DE ESPANA (2016) of which the score was released by Quartet Records. I didn’t have the opportunity to listen to that one:

Ah, that's right! I think I sampled it, and wasn't as impressed with that as I've been with several of his unreleased scores. Weird priority. But I'll give it another go.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Thor, I eventually was given the opportunity to listen to LA REINA DE ESPAGNA and it’s a nice and varied score. Believe it or not, it even encompasses some joyful passages! If you get it, be prepared to a lot of very short cues: 40 tracks representing ca 55' of music.

Regarding this composer, I had quite another surprise yesterday evening: I was watching David Gilmour’s live performance as captured in Wroclaw in 2016. A string orchestra was accompanying this legendary guitar player and his band. At one point Gilmour thanked the conductor and I felt: wow, this is weird, his name sounds much like Zbigniew Preisner. I still had doubts because of the pronunciation and also because this famous Polish composer usually doesn’t conduct his own scores and I simply could not imagine him as part of this act. I proved to be entirely wrong: it was Preisner himself conducting!!! And he seemed to enjoy it a lot.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 2:54 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Regarding this composer, I had quite another surprise yesterday evening: I was watching David Gilmour’s live performance as captured in Wroclaw in 2016. A string orchestra was accompanying this legendary guitar player and his band. At one point Gilmour thanked the conductor and I felt: wow, this is weird, his name sounds much like Zbigniew Preisner. I still had doubts because of the pronunciation and also because this famous Polish composer usually doesn’t conduct his own scores and I simply could not imagine him as part of this act. I proved to be entirely wrong: it was Preisner himself conducting!!! And he seemed to enjoy it a lot.

That's right. I had forgotten he conducted that.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2018 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

According to Preisner's Facebook page, this is finally getting a commercial release!

https://www.facebook.com/Zbigniew-Preisner-219716348081/?hc_ref=ARRtgg1hpvT_A0azLIM2QcM2hrboBh_6r2Mjlm1dRG_3P7xNBW_HcTQjw5Xe9YZAZRQ&fref=nf

This was last year's best score in the whole world, IMO, so go out and buy it the second it is out!

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2018 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

According to Preisner's Facebook page, this is finally getting a commercial release!

https://www.facebook.com/Zbigniew-Preisner-219716348081/?hc_ref=ARRtgg1hpvT_A0azLIM2QcM2hrboBh_6r2Mjlm1dRG_3P7xNBW_HcTQjw5Xe9YZAZRQ&fref=nf

This was last year's best score in the whole world, IMO, so go out and buy it the second it is out!


Wonderful news...definitely buying it. Caught the film a while ago and the atmospheric music was just amazing. Very ambient and often low key but as hypnotic as I found the film to be. Shame it’s just a digital release but something is better than nothing.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2018 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   Adam Krysinski   (Member)

Please VOTE for a CD/LP release on the official Preisner's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157670038748082&id=219716348081

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2018 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Please VOTE for a CD/LP release on the official Preisner's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157670038748082&id=219716348081


Thanks Adam. Wouldn’t have seen this otherwise. With what looks like just about 390 votes so far though I sadly doubt he’ll hit the required figure.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2018 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It's weird that he needs 3000 CD people but only 500 LP people.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2018 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Adam Krysinski   (Member)

It's weird that he needs 3000 CD people but only 500 LP people.

Polish manufacturer's requirements...

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2018 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Adam Krysinski   (Member)

1. Aslak’s Dream (1:16)
2. The Calling (9:47)
3. The Shadow (3:09)
4. The Forest Gate (3:13)
5. Aslak (3:37)
6. Search of Lost Time (4:22)
7. Moon (1:15)
8. Journey in the Woods (7:24)
9. Before Dawn (6:59)
10. Valley of Shadows (feat. Lisa Gerrard) (3:52)
11. Odyssey (12:07)
12. Valley of Shadows – Wake Up (feat. Lisa Gerrard) (1:19)
13. Metamorphosis (7:22)
14. Afterlife (3:59)

Total time - 69:41

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2018 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

More or less the same as the promo. The promo is exactly 70 minutes. Not sure where the extra seconds are hiding.

 
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