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Original Television Soundtrack


Composer: Marco Beltrami
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
5 055667 604165
Release Date: 16 December 2014

MovieScore Media release Marco Beltrami's TV soundtrack to 1864. The year marked a dramatic turning point in the history of Denmark with the battle of Dybbøl; 150 years later the national tragedy is commemorated by an epic eight-hour long mini-series created by top Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal. The most expensive Scandinavian production to date features extensive battle recreations (filmed in the Czech Republic) and a touching story about two brothers cast in the bloodiest battle of the country’s history...

Once again Marco Beltrami knocks it out of the park with his latest score, for the TV series 1864.

The album's opening track '1864', which is echoed throughout this album, reminded me, in parts, of Dennis McCarthy's main theme for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In addition, that track also has a small segment (and incidentally a large segment in 'Opening') that sounded similar to Stephen Harwood and David McGarry's music for 2005's Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 console game.

In fact, every now and then the score brought to mind various WWII console games - it's probably down to the fact that on occasion Beltrami employs instruments that are common in military bands and which have been used extensively to give games a WWII feel.

This is a beautiful score, with the only possible complaint being that over the course of the 22 tracks (58 min, 54 sec) Beltrami does have a tenancy to overuse of the main theme.


Darren Rea

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