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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Uno Helmersson
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 02 December 2016

MovieScore Media releases Uno Helmersson's score for Magnus, the documentary detailing the life of a most extraordinary sportsman. Directed by Benjamin Ree over a period of ten years (between 2004-2014), the film covers Magnus Carlsen’s rise to fame from his humble beginnings as a child prodigy when he was dubbed the Mozart of chess to his nail-biting showdowns with the greatest champions in order to conquer, then defend the title of World Champion. In late November 2016, Magnus successfully defended his world title against Russian contender Sergey Karjakin...

It's strange, because if you listened to this album without knowing what movie it was composed for, I'm guessing that most would be hard pressed to work out that it was written for a documentary about a world chess champion.

Uno Helmersson delivers some deep and emotional themes here. The album contains 18 tracks (38 min, 50 sec), with personal highlights including 'To India'; 'Family'; 'The Miracle'; and 'Out of Timelapse'.

It's an interesting and varied score that's well worth seeking out.


Darren Rea

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