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Hierro (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Zacarías M. de la Riva
Performed by: The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Movie Score Media
RRP: £13.99
Available 23 March 2010

Spanish composer Zacarías M. de la Riva (who was recently nominated for an IFMCA Award for his Imago Mortis score) presents his highly emotional, complex and exciting orchestral score from Spanish drama thriller Hierro. De la Riva’s score for the film is a dark journey where dissonant writing (inspired by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s avant garde music) meets stirringly captivating suspense and action music that recalls the music of soundtrack masters Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith and beautiful, reflective solo piano music...

The first track, 'Titles', has a wonderful theme, which starts about half-way through. This is a theme that is echoed throughout the album, most notably on 'The Island' and 'In the Car'.

If you've heard Normand Corbeil's soundtrack for the PS3 game Heavy Rain, then 'Diego Disappears' has a certain familiarity about it. This track also has elements of Alan Silvestri's earlier work on Back to the Future and Predator.

Other beautiful themes run throughout 'Running' (if you'll excuse the pun); 'Diego'; 'Requiem for a Caravan'; and 'Farewell'.

Like his score for Imago Mortis, Zacarías M. de la Riva's music to Hierro contains plenty of beautiful themes and styles that make this an interesting addition to any soundtrack fan's collection.


Darren Rea

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Zacarias M. de la Riva - Hierro (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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