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A Warrior's Odyssey

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Howlin' Wolf Records
  • ASIN: B009GLHXZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Penka Kouneva is one of the only female composers I have heard whose work seems to really 'have it'. To put things more precisely, she has the same innate emotional gut as a Poledouris, a Barry, or a Goldsmith. However, there are a few tracks on this release that display weak moments; most such moments are in action cues.

When the composer provides action accompaniment she often follows patterns for such laid by Hans Zimmer etc. . These are familiar. Since they are, one should strive to try something different. Nonetheless, when she creates something powerful, it truly is so. Worth listening to.
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Thanks to the podcast "Top Score" with Emily Reese (from Minnesota Public Radio) I have come to appreciate the world of composing music for video games. Penka Knouneva has worked on several major titles including "Gears of War." Anyone familiar with that score will here traces of it here. I means this as a compliment. Overall the music is very moving and stands up to repeated listening.
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Penka Kouneva, already known in the industry as a master orchestrator, shows us that she is also just as skilled as a composer in her own right. But "A Warrior's Odyssey" is not the score to any game or film, but rather a standalone album, a project of passion for Miss Kouneva, that tells a story through the music itself.

Much of what the album offers is hybrid scoring, mixing heavy electronics with modern orchestra, a combination made famous by Hans Zimmer and others. Miss Kouneva offers us her own unique contribution, giving us new depth and complexity. But there are also several tracks on the album with little or no electronic elements, and they are exquisite as well.

The album is highly enjoyable and moving, and the final track brings an exciting conclusion. Definitely worth a listen, and with mixing by the master engineer John Rodd, it is polished to the core.
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Composer Penka Kouneva has produced a truly inspiring and beautiful musical journey that transports the listener. Backed by an all-star cast of collaborators, Kouneva weaves together an evocative blend of powerful action and soulful pathos. Rich in thematic integrity and beautiful orchestration, one can't help but lose themselves in the performances. I recommend this album without hesitation for anyone with an appreciation for film scores, game soundtracks or classical music -- the experience is as rewarding as it enjoyable. Bravo to Penka and all involved in creating this masterwork!
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A very attractive experience for the ears, A Warrior's Odyssey showcases Penka Kouneva's musical brilliance. The music is rocking, electric, yet sensitive and emotional at the same time. Music like this is what makes video game playing so addictive and dynamic.
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Enjoyed listening to Penka Kouneva's album! Was interesting to hear a blend of Penka's rich classical and Hollywood film backgrounds that those tracks portray. It shows what Penka can really do with orchestral instruments, guitars, percussions and electronics, organizing all of these instruments in one, organic material that makes one's imagination wonder along fantasy kingdoms, beautiful worlds, dark realms and everything in between. Especially enjoyed cues like "Minotaur Battle" and "Chase Through Crete" that combine ethnic, energetic rhythms that make you look behind your shoulder imagining monsters and assassins chasing you.. Would be glad to hear more albums from Penka who loves to use as much live instruments as possible but at the same time who skillfully able to create a contemporary palette with a unique sound.
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