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Amundsen (CD)

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Music Composed by Johan Söderqvist

Perseverance Records teams up with Johan Söderqvist to release his score for the historical epic Amundsen. A true hero of Norway, Roald Amundsen is best-remembered for his incredible achievement of reaching the South Pole in 1911. Directed by Espen Sandberg, Amundsen stars Pål Sverre Hagen as the arctic explorer who is caught in a race to reach both the North and the South Pole and also becomes an early pioneer of flying over the Arctic scene - with tragic results...

Johan Söderqvist is one of the busiest and most successful Scandinavian composers. He has collaborated on a regular basis with Danish director Susanne Bier for whom he scored Brothers (2004) the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006), the Oscar-winning In a Better World (2010) and the romantic comedy Love Is All You Need (2012). His other credits include the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki (2014), the British/American horror The Limehouse Golem (2016) and the cult classic vampire film Let the Right One In (2008). 


Track Listing (TRT 55:02):

1 Intro
2 Antarctis
3 Two Brothers
4 The Financiers
5 Planning the Expedition
6 First and Second Attempt
7 The Ice Ravine/ Naming the Mountains
8 At the South Pole
9 High Society/ Three Years in the Ice
10 Roald Humiliated
11 Roald & Kiss/ To the Arctic Sea
12 The Polar Bear Attack
13 The Children
14 The Penguins and the Pipe
15 Roald's Speech
16 He's Alive
17 Mummified in Ice
18 Bitterness
19 To the North Pole
20 Proposing to Bess
21 Nobile Is Missing/ Roald and Bess/ Plane Crash
22 He's Dead
23 Epilogue: Dream of the North Pole

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  1. http://www.buysoundtrax.com/larsons_soundtrax-7-18-19.html 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Mar 2020

    [Perseverance Records] has released the soundtrack to Norway’s historical epic AMUNDSEN, which tells the story of the Norwegian polar explorer. “The director Espen Sandberg had a vision for the music – to create a whole new aural world for the South Pole, a place that was as unknown to the people at that time as Mars or Jupiter,” said Söderqvist. “We wanted it to feel like we’re arriving to a whole new world, a new universe. We recorded many different crazy things but in the end we really liked the sound of Indian native flutes being blown (or more like screamed into) through a wonderful new Russian electronic voice/breath processor called “The Pipe.” Together with heavily distorted ambiences & drums, this became the signature sound of the film.” The score is thoroughly compelling, evoking the hostility of the environment in a fresh and invigorating manner, with ringing sonorities and long, sustained tonalities. Söderqvist conveys a depth of tension throughout the score, bringing to life the dangerous expeditions Amundsen undertook, celebrating his triumphs in a glorious melodic upsurge in “He’s Alive,” mourning his death (while participating in a rescue mission for the airship Italia in 1928, an incident dramatized in 1969’s THE RED TENT) in “He’s Dead,” and honoring his legacy in “Epilogue – Dream of the North Pole.”

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