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4.0 out of 5 stars A crescendo of well-being, January 2, 2008
This review is from: Solaris (Score) (Audio CD)
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself attracted to the soundtrack of this film, since its subtle weave does not announce itself with a blaze of trumpets. Rather, its gentle rocking was clearly in tune with the film, and perfectly matched the pinks and blues of the dreamy land- and soundscape unravelling on-screen.

I thought initially that I was listening to synthesised sounds, but it was another pleasure to find that a full symphonic orchestra was called upon to create these fantastic sounds. So, we have the full-orchestral accompaniment credited on the sleeve, from violins to tuba. There is some electronic input into the matrix, especially apparent in track 4, 'Will She Come Back'.

Much of the music consists of long sustained notes - some rising, some already on their plateau - that are punctuated by strong chords. Underneath, gentle gamelan and steel drum sounds provide a warm and insistent rhythm. You could claim this is New Age music (whatever that is) and it is true that the music can be enjoyed in its own right without the film.

The music instils in me feelings of wonder, of melancholy, of darkness and light, of tension and re-assurance, just like the movie. I also sensed a warm, slow, transcending movement - like a night train working its way through and across a darkened world. The gamelan/steel drum arrangement can appear prominent in places, such as in track 9, 'Wear Your Seatbelt', and when this happens the feel is of cold metal.

The music has its discordant moments, especially in the fifth track, 'Death Shall Have No Dominion', and I was reminded of some of the Ligeti soundtrack on "2001: A Space Odyssey"; but the discords are never so bad as to set the teeth on edge. The longest track out of the total 43 minutes, lasting almost eleven minutes, is track 8 'Hi Energy Proton Accelerator', where pulses of sustained chords become randomly (?) discordant, but th track concludes in a positive crescendo of well-being.

Just like you will feel when listeing to this world!
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