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Nocturnal Animals
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Abel Korzeniowski
Label: Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 02 December 2016

Abel Korzeniowski’s gripping, brooding and Herrmannesque, string laden score to Tom Ford’s much anticipated second feature film, Nocturnal Animals, is released through Silva Screen Records...

There are two composers working at present who constantly produce work that goes above and beyond the norm. Both composers deliver work which is rich and varied and never disappoints. The first is the great Guy Farley, and the other is Abel Korzeniowski.

It's true that the spirit of Bernard Herrmann permeates this score, most notably in the main theme, but there are also elements of John Barry's work peppered throughout. This is meant as no insult to Korzeniowski, I mean it as a compliment. I'm not suggesting that he's writing in a style similar to these legends of cinema, more that his work evokes the same passion and melancholic beauty as Herrmann and Barry produced at the peak of their career.

The main theme for Nocturnal Animals is woven intricately throughout this album, but that's not to say it's a score with only one domineering theme. There are plenty of moments that will send shivers down your spine, but it's most satisfying when the main theme creeps in.

The album contains 13 tracks (33 min, 37 sec) with highlights including 'Wayward Sisters'; 'Restless'; 'Revenge'; and 'City Lights'. However, this is a score that's best heard as it's presented, played from start to finish. That way you can appreciate the build of the main theme.

If you're new to the work of Korzeniowski, I strongly advise you to pick up a copy of his Early Works as well checking out his music for Penny Dreadful.


Darren Rea

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