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Reaching for the Moon
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Marcelo Zarvos
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 14 January 2014

Marcelo Zarvos composes the music for this sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary. Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen...

Marcelo Zarvos's score for Reaching for the Moon is up there with some of his other wonderful soundtracks (The Bay, Beastly, Won't Back Down, and The Words). This is yet another album you can immerse yourself in entirely - whether you've seen the movie or not. It's a score packed full of beautiful themes.

Highlights include 'Corujas'; 'Shooting Stars' (which reminded my of Thomas Newman's score for The Shawshank Redemption); 'Lonely Birthday'; 'Bishop Leaves'; 'Crossing the Equator'; and 'The Art of Losing'.

The album contains 26 tracks (57 min).


Darren Rea

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