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There Be Dragons: Secretos de Pasion Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Distribution
  • ASIN: B006OAB400
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From the title, "There Be Dragons: Secretos De Pasion", it sounds like this is the score for a Spanish fantasy epic. Instead, the story is based upon the Spanish Civil War. I haven't seen the film, so my opinions of the score will be based on what I heard on CD only.

Having no preconceived expectations about this release (I hadn't heard of the film, or composer Robert Folk), I was very impressed at the quality of the orchestral writing and Folk's ability to add just enough Spanish flavour to make the score sound authentic for the subject matter. Some of my favourite tracks were "Who to Kill" (Track 22) - the guitar and orchestral writing was superb. "Love and War" (Track 6) is absolutely stunning - the brass section gets to shine, as does the choir. I won't go into every track in detail but I found it hard to single out tracks that I particularly enjoyed because the quality was so consistently high across the album.

There are 28 tracks present, and only two are over three minutes in length. This doesn't allow for a huge amount of thematic development within the tracks, but there is a good deal of variation across the album instead that makes up for it. The album duration is just over 52 minutes. Whilst probably below average in terms of soundtrack releases, the album doesn't sound short. There is good variation in the types of track present, ranging from all out action, to softer tracks with guitar. This is a good balance and helps the album to flow well. From a production perspective, the album sounds great. The guitar is at the forefront of the mix in the tracks it is present, meaning it isn't overpowered by the rest of the orchestra.

Overall, this release will surprise you by the consistently high quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Old Fashioned Romantic Score With A Strong Theme To Sweep You Away 14 Mar. 2012
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Roland Joffé is a very significant director, and if you don't know his work then I suggest you go buy some of his movies right now. His films The Killing Fields and The Mission are some of cinema's greatest and he always puts a huge emphasis on music. There Be Dragons is no different with a simply stunning score from Robert Folk. Robert Folk hold a special place in my heart for his score to A Troll In Central Park, which was a favorite of mine growing up. He also did additional music on Tremors and that's a huge deal for me too. There Be Dragons may be his greatest score. It is simply a stunning score with a heavy central theme, romantic orchestrations and wonderful textures.

The score has so much to offer and so many layers to it. Be it angelic choirs or Spanish guitar set to the orchestra, the music will give you chills from time to time. This is a great old fashioned epic score that plays everything bigger than it really is. I consider that a strength, but some may consider it a weakness. One could argue that it has melodramatic qualities, but honestly it played on me all the way through. There is substantial beauty behind the music and the main theme is so simple and grand. It has the feel of Ennio Morricone's The Mission mixed with Randy Edelman's Dragonheart if it took place during the Spanish civil war. That's the mood territory we're talking about here. The short track times may cause some flow problems for some, but overall the presentation is top notch. It's a wonderful score from Robert Folk; a voice we don't hear too often.

The romance theme is the best thing in this score, and it is a very beautiful piece of music. The score as a whole is an old fashioned romantic epic that will win listeners over no matter who you are or how old you are. Robert Folk is a fantastic talent and he shows it in this magnificent score. In a filmography filled with lots of zany comedies this is truly a shining light from a wonderful composer.
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