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 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

From the official site:

http://www.keepmovingrecords.com/eng/news/view30/

KeepMoving Records opens the new year with two releases, including our most ambitious undertaking to date. One of our declared missions at the labels has always been to bring attention to lesser-known film scores that may not have an international recognition due to the subject matter of the movie they are attached to. Our latest CDs certainly fit that category as we're issuing the complete presentation of a remarkable score to a Czech historical story and unearth a lost soundtrack by one the greatest living film composers.



The Pagan Queen (2009) by Benedikt Brydern was written for a film about Libuše, the founder of the Czech Premyslid dynasty and the mythical grand matriarch of the entire nation. Mixing elements of fantasy and popular historical fiction, the story spans a score which is filled with brilliant references to Czech classical music. Antonin Dvorák’s “Romance in F minor” is wonderfully varied in Libuše's theme which transforms alongside her relationship with Premysl, the father of the Czech nation. References to the fourth part of Smetana’s “Má Vlast” (subtitled "From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields") are used for presenting the natural beauties of Bohemia in this lush and epic historical score that was (naturally) recorded in Prague.

http://www.keepmovingrecords.com/eng/disc/54/



The other release in this batch takes place in Russia: Giuliano Montaldo's The Demons of St. Petersburg (2008) is a fictionalized biography of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky who must stop an anarchist plot and complete his magnum opus at the same time. The score by long-time Montaldo collaborator Ennio Morricone is one of the Maestro's great discoveries as none of the music heard here was available before. Based on an album assembled by the composer himself, the program includes all the music Morricone wanted to include on a proposed soundtrack that never materialized... until now! Featuring a propulsive theme for the anarchist plot and a darkly passionate love theme for Dostoyevsky's relationship with his stenographer, the album is a wonderful find and we're proud to have played a part in rescuing it.

http://www.keepmovingrecords.com/eng/disc/53/

Both CDs are released in the limited edition of 500 copies. The discussion for The Pagan Queen is based on original interviews with director Constantin Werner and composer Benedikt Brydern; the 12-page booklet includes many stills alongside the discussion of the Libuše myth, the making of the film and the writing of the score. The 12-page booklet for The Demons of St. Petersburg also share a wealth of inside information about the making of the film, the troubled life of Dostoyevsky as well as a track-by-track analysis of Morricone's score and its usage in the film. Order your copies while they last!

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Like the samples of the Morricone. Great release!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Nice. I wasn't even aware of this new label. Sounds like another 'Moviescore Media' in its profile.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

Where is this label located? Their contact page only shows an e-mail address.

I would assume somewhere in the US as prices are listed in US dollars.

All the CDs they have on their site cost no more than $12 + shipping, and yet Screen Archives has marked everything up to $19.95 apiece...

http://www1.screenarchives.com/display_results.cfm/category/542/KEEPMOVING-RECORDS/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Merry Goldsmith   (Member)

KeepMoving Records is from Russia and now "in business" for several years. So it's not really a new label.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

This is terrific news, Morricone had one of his greatest parterships with director Montaldo including the wonderful score to the 1982 tv series MARCO POLO, the moving score to SACCO E VANZETTI in 1974 and the marvellously atmospheric TEMPO DI UCCIDERE. Their collaboration spanned many years and began with the delightfully bouncy score to the crime move AD OGNI COSTO in 1967.
Cannot wait to hear this one!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   PatrickB   (Member)

Hello David,
Nice to see you here and there again (I left you a PM on the Morricone board).
Indeed a very good news, since the former CD cancellation.
I wasn't convinced by the music in the film's cuts, but the samples in the label' site and on chimai.com seem more promising, more varied and less withdrawn.
Here we maybe have the longest end titles music by Morricone : 8'44 !

A Russian label for this soundtrack ? Logical indeed...

Gergely Hubai, lecturer in film music, known in FSM on-line, writes in our on-line fanzine Maestro too.
Friendly,
Patrick


This is terrific news, Morricone had one of his greatest parterships with director Montaldo including the wonderful score to the 1982 tv series MARCO POLO, the moving score to SACCO E VANZETTI in 1974 and the marvellously atmospheric TEMPO DI UCCIDERE. Their collaboration spanned many years and began with the delightfully bouncy score to the crime move AD OGNI COSTO in 1967.
Cannot wait to hear this one!

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Perhaps it's my imagination (I haven't looked into it exactly), but it seems to me that most of Morricone's scores in the last few years, have had no CD release.

This is a welcome release. I started a page for KMR over at www.en.ScorePedia.org. It's a work in progress.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

Great release!!!

I wish the release of "Mi ricordo Anna Frank" (another wonderful score by Mr. Morricone).

Maybe KeepMoving?

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

If anyone has second thoughts whether they should buy the Morricone album or not, ChiMai hosts a special First Listen where you can sample all the cues and learn a bit about the music as well:

http://www.chimai.com/index.cfm?screen=special&id=578¤t=yes

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

Double post, sorry.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2014 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Nice. I wasn't even aware of this new label. Sounds like another 'Moviescore Media' in its profile.

They released Maciek's Clockwise which is how I knew of them. I received my order today and Demons of St. Petersburg looks and sounds great. The english liner notes discuss the music as it appears in order of the movie, referencing to the separate cues in the tracks of the out of order album program, a nice touch. The 8+ min "For my father" is a very nice closer.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

Thank you very much for your kind words Francis. I'm glad you enjoyed the album and the last track in particular. Here's a fun fact: the composer originally planned to put the end titles piece as the third track in the original planning stages. Although the album is not in chronological order (it would be impossible, Morricone edited together some unrelated cues per usual), but we thought the end credits piece would work much better where it's meant to be - the end.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

And I don't want to forget about the other release either!

Please enjoy this soundtrack trailer for Benedikt Brydern's The Pagan Queen. It's a selection of musical cues accompanied by stills from the film as well as the booming narration of Tim Burden.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

A review of The Demons of St Petersburg, if anyone's interested:

http://www.movie-wave.net/the-demons-of-st-petersburg/

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

six copies
very low quantity
such price
wow


http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26571/THE-DEMONS-OF-ST-PETERSBURG-500-EDITION-LIMIT-ONE-PER-CUSTOMER/

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

six copies
very low quantity
such price
wow


http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26571/THE-DEMONS-OF-ST-PETERSBURG-500-EDITION-LIMIT-ONE-PER-CUSTOMER/


I just got my copy this week after ordering it a month ago. Thank God I ordered it when I did at a reasonable price.

James

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

It's averaging $80 on eBay right now too. Picked this up at $40 a couple nights ago before SAE bumped up the price to $45.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I bought the Morricone from Keep Moving on the day when it was announced. Interesting to see how quickly it went OOP. As far as I am concerned, I would vote for more copies being pressed as there is obviously enough interest in this title (and a good one it is).

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   The Cat   (Member)

Interesting to see how quickly it went OOP. As far as I am concerned, I would vote for more copies being pressed as there is obviously enough interest in this title (and a good one it is).

Unfortunately this is all hindsight and 500 copies may have been enough of this title. It's a rather obscure Morricone film and it's very recent (i.e. it doesn't have the cult appeal of Silver Age Morricone titles from the 1960s and 1970s). It's for every label to decide what kind of rist they're willing to take - that said, I do have an extra copy I'm willing to part with if the price is right. Please send your best offer to my e-mail address. smile

 
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