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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Henrik Åström
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 19 April 2019

MovieScore Media release Swedish composer Henrik Åström's original score from the Albanian movie Internment. Written and directed by Kast Hasa, the ambitious historical tableau tells the story of three generations of an Albanian family’s struggle to survive their totalitarian regime when a friend returning from America is mistaken for a spy. The story of love, family and cold war espionage is told through the story of 18-year old Frida, her rebellious love Artur and their powerful relations which must overcome the tragedy of the boy and his whole family’s internment...

Henrik Åström delivers an interesting score for Internment. The album contains 25 tracks (48 min, 01 sec). Notable tracks include the memorable opening theme 'The Spirit of Albania' (which is echoed throughout the score, in tracks including 'Missing Artur', 'Nick is Released', 'Remembering The Past', 'Albania Is Free' and 'Returning Home'); the melancholic 'Interrogation', which is designed to hint at events to come; the subtle 'Sigurimi'; and the reflective 'Returning Home', which a melancholic, yet oddly upbeat theme. 'Interrogation' also reminded me, in spirit, of Marco Beltrami's score for The Woman in Black.

Talking about the soundtrack, the composer said: "The music is very sparse in the first half of movie but is eventually allowed to bloom out and almost become a character of its own towards the end. There is a love theme between Frida and Artur that develops into a larger theme representing the strengths and struggles of the Albanian people during the communist era. Instead of closely following the suspense on screen, I chose to use a combination of solo flutes, bassoons and guitars to give a voice to the inner thoughts of the characters."

It works well as a standalone collection of themes, even if you haven't seen the movie. But if you enjoyed the film then you'll be eager to add this album to your music library, as it's the heart and soul of the project.


Darren Rea

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