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Fort Ross
Original Motion Picture Score


Composer: Yuri Poteyenko
Label: KeepMoving Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 September 2015

KeepMoving Records release Yuri Poteyenko's intricate score for Fort Ross, a Russian adventure film based around the history of Russia's most important colony in California. The story shifts between St. Petersburg in 1825, Fort Ross in 1820 and modern times as a group of Russian journalists travel to San Francisco. Thanks to an iPhone struck by lightning, the group gets transported back to the 19th century where they immediately witness the hardships of Russian colonists. While battling a motley group of pirates and forging an alliance with the local Pomo Indians, the people of Fort Ross turn out to be real adventurers who can stand their own ground, even though all they wish for is to be left on their own and prosper...

Yuri Poteyenko's soundtrack for Fort Ross is an impressive action/adventure album, not dissimilar to '80s John Williams scores and Dave Grusin's work on The Goonies. The score contains 24 tracks (57 min, 29 sec) and contains plenty of epic, blockbuster themes.

'Escape from the Ship/Under Fire/Pursuit' reminded me of Alan Silvestri's music for the Back to the Future movies. In addition, 'Pirates vs. Naval Cadets' brought to mind Gustav Holst's The Planets, Op. 32.

The CD comes with 8-page liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the film and the score. The album is only available on CD, with a limited print run of 300 copies, from KeepMoving's website (


Darren Rea