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Eastern Promises
(2007)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Violin Solos by:
Nicola Benedetti
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(September 11th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release. An additional four-minute track was initially available for download only on iTunes.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you are typically drawn to classical crossover scores of restrained beauty and are lured by solo violin performances of austere distinction.

Avoid it... if you expect substantial variance or dramatic inflection in Howard Shore's thematic development, leaving instead a score that is potentially stagnant in its consistency.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,314
WRITTEN 12/17/07
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Eastern Promises: (Howard Shore) The Russian mafia of London is the subject of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, one of the director's most widely praised and less bizarre films. The world of the Vory v Zakone is exposed in a character thriller that unravels a mystery while endangering lives of Russians both within and outside of the mafia. Among the continuing group of loyal collaborators of Cronenberg is composer Howard Shore, whose career, like the director's, has strayed closer to mainstream artistry in recent years. Shore's output since his stunning work for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy has mostly been heavily weighted in dramatics, both robust in orchestral construct and existing for films of greater popularity that before. While strong, none of these scores has been as appealing in its style as Eastern Promises, which conveys an attempt by Shore to transcend to a level of classically-inclined melodrama defined at the top by John Williams' Schindler's List. Shore claims that his inspiration for the score came from Russian folk music and the tattoo art of the mafia itself, though it's difficult to pinpoint a significant aspect of the score that points directly to either. The violin as a dominant element in the score was a discovery made by Shore after starting his work on Eastern Promises, and it is the performance of Nicola Benedetti that highlights the finished product. Shore provides two major themes for the film, and Benedetti's violin is the voice of both, creating an attractive consistency to almost every cue. The primary theme, introduced in "Eastern Promises," is an overarching representation of the mafia and the Nikolai character. Its descending, melancholy structure extends some of the bittersweet spirit of Gollum's motifs from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers while using the austere performances of the violin to hint at the history of the mafia's influence. One of the score's few weaknesses is the lack of development of this theme despite its frequent restatement. A short running time on album forgives the repetitive nature of Shore's employment of the theme, though only in the final cue on that album do you hear a truly interesting variant on the idea.



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Average: 3.24 Stars
***** 42 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:50
• 1. Eastern Promises (5:06)
• 2. Tatiana (5:12)
• 3. London Streets (1:56)
• 4. Sometimes Birth and Death Go Together (1:53)
• 5. Trafalgar Hospital (1:34)
• 6. Vory v Zakone (0:48)
• 7. Slavery and Suffering (2:00)
• 8. Nikolai (1:19)
• 9. Krill (2:09)
• 10. Anna Khitrova (3:26)
• 11. Eagle and Star (1:25)
• 12. Nine Elms (6:16)
• 13. Like a Place in the Bible (1:22)
• 14. Trans-Siberian Diary (2:31)
• 15. Stars on the Knees* (3:52)
* track initially only available for download at iTunes

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a synopsis of the film's plot and a note from Shore about the score and film.
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