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Gagarin: First In Space by George Kallis

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Gagarin: First In Space (Soundtrack) by George Kallis

Gagarin: First In Space
Composed by George Kallis
Moviescore Media (2013)

Rating: 8/10

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“GEORGE KALLIS has composed a wonderfully lyrical and melodic score for full orchestra and choir. His themes are bold but not intrusive. His action is grand, but not over the top and there is so much beauty in his writing.”

The Russian Stuff
Review by Steven Sharratt

 

Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, was the first human in space when he orbited the Earth on 12 April 1961, effectively winning the first round of the space race for the Soviet Union. While the USA's side of the space race has been well accounted for in Hollywood, the Soviet-side has seen considerably less dramatic-representation.  It should be noted that Hollywood's presentation of the space race has yielded some pretty impressive movie scores such as: THE RIGHT STUFF (Bill Conti), and APOLLO 13 (James Horner).  If such dramatic treatment was given to a slice of the Russian space program, we'd expect there to be plenty of opportunity for equally compelling musical expression.  Thanks to MovieScore Media's recent release: GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, we finally afforded such an opportunity.

Made and financed in Russia, GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE is an historical drama that follows Yuri’s life and the events that led to his amazing achievement.
On scoring duties for this film is GEORGE KALLIS, whose music you may have heard in the film HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE (2007) or the UK prison drama SCREWED (2011). Born in 1974 in Cyprus, Kallis studied music composition in the US and UK, where he honed his skills to write dramatic music for orchestra.  And Kallis demonstrates his talents for this here in Gagarin.

GEORGE KALLIS has composed a wonderfully lyrical and melodic score for full orchestra and choir. His themes are bold but not intrusive. His action is grand, but not over the top and there is so much beauty in his writing. There really is a lot to explore and enjoy here; from the orchestral heroism of “Launch of Vostok (5)”, the choral majesty of “Levity (8)”, to the dark electronic “The Hanging (11)”. There is a great rendition of the main love theme in “Cosmos (12)”; we first hear gentle piano and strings before it ascend into full choir. “Orange Parachute (20)” is another highlight with its bombastic drums, solo trumpet and choral finale.

In terms of style and melodic approach, GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE often sounds like a score from Basil Poledouris. There are moments where you may be reminded of The Hunt For Red October and Conan the Barbarian. High praise indeed! Do you need any more incentive to seek this one out? Of course, GEORGE KALLIS has a unique sound of his own and it’s great to hear something this fresh in the current climate of electronic sound design and Hans Zimmer wannabes. It’s certainly one of the best non-Hollywood scores of 2013 and comes highly recommended.
 

Rating: 8/10


Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 The Night Before 1:04  ***
2 Vostok 2:10  ****
3 Yuri and Valentina 2:30  ****
4 Goodbye Brothers 1:56  ***
5 The Launch of Vostok 4:06  *****
6 Earth from Above 1:56  ***
7 Good News 2:05  ****
8 Levity 2:04  *****
9 Command Headquarters 1:10  ***
10 Discussions 1:30  ***
11 The Hanging 1:49  ***
12 Cosmos 3:48  *****
13 Goodbyes 2:12  ****
14 Vostok in Space 2:40  ****
15 The Tumble 0:56  ****
16 Remember Me in Prayer 2:48  ***
17 People in the Streets 2:54  ****
18 Father 1:54  ***
19 Falling and Remembering 1:49  ***
20 Orange Parachute 4:08  *****
21 Glory 3:10  ****
  Total Running Time (approx) 49 minutes  

 

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