FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE ORIGINAL TELEVISION SERIES SOUNDTRACK FOR PENNY DREADFUL
With Original Music By Abel Korzeniowski
(August 4, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records will release the PENNY DREADFUL – Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD August 19, 2014. The soundtrack features an original score composed by Abel Korzeniowski (W.E., A SINGLE MAN).
“I started looking for an expression of dark beauty, something that can be terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time -- a poisonous infatuation,” said Korzeniowski. “The most inspiring clue I got was John Logan’s [writer, producer] description of the character of Vanessa as the Mother of Evil. Seeing her not as a victim, but as a creature of a complex dual nature, both good and evil, was a defining moment for the entire musical score.”
Born in Krakow, Poland, Korzeniowski studied classical composition under Krzysztof Penderecki. Korzeniowski’s scores have received tremendous critical enthusiasm and numerous awards, most notably, two Golden Globe nominations and three World Soundtrack Awards. This year, along with composer Rolfe Kent, Korzeniowski received the Elmer Berstein Award For Outstanding Contribution to Film Music in Córdoba, Spain.
Korzeniowski’s lush, stirring, highly original music for Tom Ford’s A SINGLE MAN starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, was greeted with immediate acclaim. The score caught the attention of Madonna, who invited him to create music for her feature film W.E.. Korzeniowski received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for both A SINGLE MAN, and for W.E.. In addition to his other film work, Mr. Korzeniowski has created musical identities for some of the world’s most prestigious brands, including BMW- i Electric Vehicles and Tiffany & Co.
PENNY DREADFUL is a series on SHOWTIME Television featuring some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. The PENNY DREADFUL cast includes actors Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green.
“The musical themes of PENNY DREADFUL represent both different characters and abstract ideas,” explained Korzeniowski. “One of the most unusual for a gothic horror story is a group of themes related to Victor Frankenstein's offspring -- Proteus and the Creature. They are the paragons of the modern age, or as the Creature puts it, ‘modernity personified’. Their music sounds more like an alternative/indie rock ballad than a classical score. The black-clad Creature, with his heavy make-up and pale skin, even looks like he could be in a band with Jack White.”
SHOWTIME Television presents PENNY DREADFUL -- season one is currently available on demand. PENNY DREADFUL returns to SHOWTIME with new episodes for a second season in 2015. The PENNY DREADFUL - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available digitally and on CD on August 19, 2014.
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ABOUT VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the industry leading independent soundtrack record label releasing the highest profile film music from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s 35-year catalog includes new soundtracks and newly recorded albums from practically every composer in the history of film, including Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Mark Isham, John Powell, Alan Silvestri, Brian Tyler, Christopher Young and Hans Zimmer.
Varèse Sarabande spotlights the best from the past with the Varèse CD Club and Varèse Vintage imprint. The Varèse CD Club releases previously out-of-print soundtrack titles and expanded edition packages put together with an eye for the film music collector.
Varèse Vintage Records specializes in releasing new albums by classic pop, jazz and country artists such as Trevor Rabin, Keith Emerson, Dwight Twilley, Ed Bruce and Billy Cobham, In addition, the label has a long history of reissuing great pop and soundtrack albums such as Flash Harry by Harry Nilsson, The Everly Brothers’ Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, The Family Way soundtrack by Paul McCartney and The Idol Maker, with music by Jeff Barry.
Varèse Sarabande continues the tradition they started by hosting and producing worldwide concerts celebrating film music with orchestras all over the world. Past gala events include the official Abbey Road Studios 80th Anniversary concert in London, the Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary concert in Tenerife, and a series of tribute programs to composers Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Bernard Herrmann, Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini and John Barry. To celebrate Varèse Sarabande's 35th Anniversary in 2013 there were a number of concerts worldwide, including in Macau (China), three concerts featuring the Golden State Pops Orchestra in San Pedro (CA), with additional events in Poznan (Poland) and Tenerife (Spain).
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