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Gorky Park
(1983)
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1986 Varèse
2011 Kritzerland
Album 2 Cover Art
2014 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1986)

Kritzerland
(February 14th, 2011)

Intrada Records
(September 1st, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1986 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release that was still sold for as little as $10 throughout the 2000's. The 2011 Kritzerland re-issue of the same contents was limited to 1,000 copies but remained available for under $25 even after selling out within the first year of release. The 2014 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $20.
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Buy it... if you groove to James Horner's style of drum pads and synthetic rhythms in Commando and could tolerate an earlier, more dissonant and brutally raw variation on that distinctive sound.

Avoid it... if extended performances of the alluring orchestral love theme in this work are your primary target, for they occupy only a quarter of the score's otherwise tedious running time.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,516
WRITTEN 8/27/09, REVISED 2/6/15
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Horner
Gorky Park: (James Horner) Well executed was director Michael Apted's 1983 crime mystery Gorky Park, one of the first to apply the standard investigatory formula of police thrillers to the perspective of a Russian locale. The setup was familiar, Gorky Park opening with three mutilated bodies and William Hurt's dedicated detective tasked with tracking down the killer. His methodical research yields depth in not only his character, but also in his relationship with a woman tied to the case and the ranks of power within Russian society and government that eventually prove to be involved in the crime. A strong cast and noteworthy production values, not to mention the intrigue presented by the location in the early 1980's, could not save Gorky Park from public indifference as a reward for years of struggles with studios to get the film produced in the first place, and the film disappeared despite a decent showing with critics. One of the more interesting members of the crew at the time was composer James Horner, who had suddenly burst onto the major Hollywood scoring scene the previous year and experienced a remarkable amount of productive success in 1983. While Gorky Park may not be the flashiest of his scores from that year, it is solidly indicative of the composer's style at the time, exhibiting both fledgling orchestral and highly dated but predictable synthetic aspects of Horner's blossoming style that would inform his action and chasing scores later in the decade. When looking back at the origins of Horner's trademark sounds of the decade, many of the synthetic and pop applications to non-comedy situations can be traced to Gorky Park, which offers a preview of better recognized work in Commando and Red Heat. Horner's ensemble is more eclectic in Gorky Park than in those successors, however, better utilizing standard orchestral and solo cimbalom accents (among other stereotypical European tones) on top of his synthesizers to service the foreign location.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1986 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:56
• 1. Main Title (2:44)
• 2. Following Kirwill (2:59)
• 3. Irina's Theme (2:34)
• 4. Following KGB (2:04)
• 5. Chase Through the Park (1:56)
• 6. Arkady and Irina (2:40)
• 7. Faceless Bodies (1:54)
• 8. Irina's Chase (3:44)
• 9. The Sable Shed (6:42)
• 10. Airport Farewell (3:50)
• 11. Releasing the Sables/End Titles (4:18)
2011 Kritzerland Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 72:14
2014 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:02

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1986 Varèse album includes a note about Horner's career, but no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2011 Kritzerland re-issue contains a brief note about both. The 2014 Intrada album's notation is even greater in depth.
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