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The Courier
(2021)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Abel Korzeniowski

Co-Produced by:
Mina Korzeniowski
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(March 19th, 2021)
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Commercial digital release, with high resolution options.
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Buy it... if a conservatively dramatic thriller score of reserved rhythmic flow, highlighted by one outstanding cue at the end, can justify your interest in Abel Korzeniowski's return to the big screen.

Avoid it... if you continue to struggle with Korzeniowski's inability to develop thematic constructs in effectively engaging ways through his scores, this one desperately needing a more convincing narrative arc.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #2,002
WRITTEN 5/18/21
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The Courier: (Abel Korzeniowski) Espionage thrillers about true events may not offer many unexpected plot twists, but finely crafted ones are still quite engrossing. The 2021 film The Courier aims for this route, telling the story of average British businessman Greville Wynne who, in the early 1960's, is recruited by British intelligence to make contact with and return materials from a Russian colonel who supplies information critical to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The effects that this work have on him and his wife are the focus of the film, his efforts successful but coming at great cost. Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Wynne is the main attraction, especially after his capture and deterioration in a Russian prison. The movie was awards bait waiting to happen at the start of 2020 but was delayed by the pandemic well into 2021, and despite a moderately agreeable critical reception, the movie didn't generate much interest at minimal screen showings. The project represented a positive turn of events for film music collectors, however, as it led to a feature scoring assignment for Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski. Having impressed with his dramatic efforts from 2009 to 2013, Korzeniowski withdrew from cinematic projects in the latter half of the 2010's, with only The Nun in 2018 to his credit. Undoubtedly, The Courier is the kind of project that would have been perfect for Alexandre Desplat, who has tackled countless historical political thrillers in his career. For Korzeniowski, the film afforded him the opportunity to explore the tense and dramatic side of the same general techniques that Desplat would have applied. Both composers have a knack for classically precise rhythmic movement, and Korzeniowski applied these figures to outstanding results in W.E. and Romeo & Juliet in the early 2010's. He structures his music for The Courier similarly, most cues containing highly repetitive, almost hypnotically churning phrasing that ties directly into his accompanying motific development. With the tone of the score respectfully and intimately symphonic, expect the work to appeal to Desplat collectors just as much as it will to those eagerly awaiting new music from Korzeniowski. That said, there is little warmth in this score, for the story doesn't have the romantic element of something like The Russia House, so expect a businesslike tone throughout.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 40:47
• 1. Spies and Typewriters (2:23)
• 2. Iron Curtain (2:22)
• 3. First Contact (2:01)
• 4. Greville (1:34)
• 5. Secret Meeting (2:15)
• 6. Prelude (1:30)
• 7. It Has to Be You (3:06)
• 8. Eyes of the State (2:07)
• 9. Cigarettes (2:08)
• 10. Cuban Missiles (1:05)
• 11. Our Last Trip to Moscow (4:02)
• 12. I Have a Light Day (1:18)
• 13. Trenchcoats vs. KGB (3:04)
• 14. Arrested (2:25)
• 15. Cold Soup (2:11)
• 16. Breakdown (1:32)
• 17. When You Come Home (1:04)
• 18. Maybe We Are Only Two People (4:40)

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