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All Good Things

Music by Rob Simonsen
Produced by Stephan Eicke

Reviews:
“Simple-hearted and elegant creation with a beautiful main theme and evocative air in some of its melodies, both the dramatic as in the sentimental. It is solidly structured and has very elegant moments.”
MundoBSO

“The music is so full of dramatic life – when I said above that Simonsen’s score is a little surprising, that’s because I was expecting it to be in a slightly detached, documentary style, but have no doubt about it – this is a full-on dramatic film score, colours so well-defined.  There are slight hints at times of Philip Glass, Danny Elfman at others, and I’m impressed by how bold the composer was prepared to be in what was the biggest film he’d scored solo up to that point.  All Good Things is indeed impressive on every level and comes with a strong recommendation.”
Movie-Wave.net

“Simonsen’s work on the Danna brothers-scored Gosling courtroom thriller “Fracture” certainly paid off here as lush, Hermann-esque seduction pulls Katie into a spider’s web of the twisted Manhattan rich, gossamer chords capturing both the elegance of their lifestyle, as well as the victim-to-be’s growing sense of anguish and betrayal. It’s gorgeously melodic, spellbinding stuff that soon takes on a harsher, classical edge with militaristic percussion, sinister plotting that’s captured in an elegant, piano-driven melody and slashing violins as the music gets across a well-bred murderer cunningly covering all of his bases for a perfect crime. Simonsen’s “Good Things” are gripping from soft start to its intellectually nasty finish for this auspicious feature score, one that makes the anticipation to hear what Simonsen will cook up for his upcoming killer millionaire score to the already-acclaimed “Foxcatcher.” Caldera Records has brought forth Simonsen’s first score in the genre with another impressive release for the label, with Gergely Hubai’s liner notes, and an audio recording of Simonsen himself revealing the facts behind the musical crime scene, even as the actual “Katie”’s sad whereabouts remain unknown.”
Filmmusicmag.com

“Simonsen explores a different genre, the thriller, where each group of instruments is beautifully exploited through
detailed orchestrations. A real surprise!”
Underscores.fr

“I really liked “All Good things” and I am happy that I have a chance to get to know Rob Simonsen and his music even better. I also love that Caldera Records includes audio commentaries from the directors in their releases. It is a very welcomed addition and I wish more labels did this.”
SoundtrackDreams

“All Good Things is a solid thriller score with some exciting music to be found. It is a matter of taste obviously. I’ve never found the attraction to thriller music with a few exceptions. This is definitely one of the better thriller scores I have heard though which says something.”
SoundtrackGeek

The River Murders/Sinner

Music by Pinar Toprak
Produced by Stephan Eicke

Reviews:
“It’s highly impressive music.  Toprak paints a portrait of a tormented soul: sorrowful, mournful.  It’s frequently very beautiful and culminates in the outstanding “Killing John / The Letter”, which packs quite the emotional punch.“
Movie-Wave.net

“With a remarkable talent for expressive poignancy and melodic phrasing, Toprak’s score for THE RIVER MURDERS (aided by cello solos by Tina Guo) provides a haunting musical atmosphere for this 2007 murder thriller starring Ray Liotta and Christian Slater. Fragile melodies float across the music’s surface, enhanced by misty choral flavorings, while beneath the musical waters lie deep, foreboding tones of strings, keyboards, wisps of high soprano melisma, and a pervasive reverberating heartbeat of timpani.  This affecting album has my highest recommendation, with thanks to Caldera for making it happen.”
Buysoundtrax

“Beautiful and very elegant lyrical soundtrack with a remarkable main theme in which we have the prominence of the piano, cello and violin as main instruments, which evoke an apparent calm and placid tone, very evocative, with a moderate painful dramatic point.”
MundoBSO

“The Turkish composer strikes again with this fantastic duo winner as a mix between Goldsmith and Young, scores with a deadly beauty accented with heavenly voices and chilling strings. A shock.
Underscores.fr

“After their impressive initial releases of Guy Farley’s “Secret Sharer” and Johan Soderqvist’s “King of Devil’s Island,” Caldera Records continues to show excellent taste in finding subtle, yet powerful scores from composers of creative note – especially when it comes to their work for movies that might have flown under the radar. Now Pinar Toprak’s “The River Murders” sounds off with such tragic, heavenly resonance that you could easily have imagined this as the score for “Mystic River.”
Filmmusicmag.com

“The central solo instrument is cello, wonderfully performed by Tina Guo who I think we have all heard at some point. She actually takes the music and lovingly purveys it via her cello giving it heart, soul, depth and substance and also via her performance adds real passion to the proceedings. The second soloist is Liz Constantine who provides the haunting vocal performance on the score. Guo’s heartfelt cello performances combine with Constantine’s unblemished vocalizing on occasion within the score to create a wondrous sound that manages to invade the listener’s inner being”
John Mansell

“The music is delicate and loaded with force at the same times. An authentic gift!”
BSOSpirit.com

“This score stroke a chord with me from its first moments. I cannot resist a great cello solo and Tina Guo shatters my insides with her performance. The music is moving, elegiac and deep and I am pulled inside this score without delay.”
Soundtrack Dreams

“The mood Toprak creates is a great one. It’s dark, but not without specks of light and hope. I love the way Toprak use the cello for good, evil and everything in-between. I have to credit Tina Guo who gives us those delightful cello solos. There’s so much emotion in her playing that I could easily listen to that all day. The River Murder is a delight, a classy thriller score. The solo cello by Tina Guo is making a big difference and this score is full of emotions. It might not be a movie that’s well knows, but this score is a must listen.”
SoundtrackGeek

In einem wilden Land

Music by/Musik von: Karim Sebastian Elias
Produced by/Produziert von: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke
Executive Producers/Ausführende Produzenten: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke

Running time/Spieldauer: 70 Min.
Released/Erschienen: October/Oktober 2013

King of Devil’s Island

Music by Johan Söderqvist
Produced by Stephan Eicke

Reviews:
“Elegiac, sober and beautiful, the music, driven by strings, pays tribute to the most beautiful aspects in this story inspired by real events.”
Olivier Soudé, Underscores.fr

“This is such a good album: the music is exquisitely-crafted, continually so evocative; the composer created a compelling atmosphere and executes it perfectly.  Musical storytelling at its finest, there isn’t a single flashy moment and yet the listener is absolutely gripped from start to finish as the story unfolds.  It won’t be for everyone by any means but for me the deep expressions of emotion played against the cold, harsh – sometimes even brutal – landscape are simply brilliant.”
Movie-Wave.net

““King of Devil’s Island” is a beautiful and serious composition where the elegiac tone dominates and only finds release in the “End credits” when all other instruments die down and the solo piano plays the final notes.  This score is special and you will feel all the pain, sorrow, scares or rage of the characters. With only a few notes and instruments, Johan Soderquist introduced us into a world I wouldn’t want to be part of. He painted it so well that I can’t wait to get back to my real life once the score is over. “King of Devil’s Island” will leave and echo that will haunt you long after it’s over.”
Soundtrack Dreams

“This is a good score, a proper depressing and moody score, but in a good way. The sound is gritty, never clean, telling the story about these boys and the hell they went through on that island.”
SoundtrackGeek

Secret Sharer/Tsotsi

Music by Guy Farley
Produced by Stephan Eicke

Reviews:
“It is difficult to get out of listening to Secret Sharer, a great symphonic score, worthy of the greatest masters and whose addictive theme will waltz in your head for a long time. If each release proposed by the label appears in the same vein, we can only rejoice and wish good luck to Caldera!”
Underscores.fr

“Anybody who enjoys a good soundtrack full of melodies and emotion is going to find it in Secret Sharer and Tsotsi, an excellent example of the above mentioned style of composition. I also hope that it makes people discover a marvelous composer who deserves a much bigger presence in our collections. Certainly, right now, this soundtrack would be the first recommendation that I have for anybody who wishes to get to know Guy Farley.”
BSOSpirit.com

“Caldera Records show much promise with this debut release, offering a well designed and written booklet by international score specialist Gergely Hubai, as well as an ending audio interview with Farley himself, who insightfully talks about taking an atypical course for “Secret Sharer” when the score threatened to veer off into familiarly menacing Asian musical waters.”
Film Music Mag.com

“If Secret Sharer‘s ethnic moments are rather subtle then Tsotsi‘s are far more overt, with the percussion and vocals making for a lively evocation of contemporary South Africa.  It’s pretty dark music in the main but dramatically compelling and highly listenable, with some moments of beauty and passion, particularly the outstanding pair of cues that conclude the suite, “Hills” and “Mother to a Child”, which are really rather moving.  The album ends with another nice touch, a four-minute interview with the composer in which he talks about his experience on Secret Sharer, an impressive score full of nice touches that are revealed more and more on repeated listens.”
Movie Wave.net

“Farley has designed his SECRET SHARER music around a sublime primary waltz melody, introduced on the accordion and take by strings and winds; it captures a splendid nostalgic tonality befitting of the film’s period. Both scores together form a serenely evocative listening experience.”
Buysoundtrax

“Symphonic creation of classic air with a strong central theme that emphasizes the sense of adventure and epic, supported by some melodies similar line. The composer applies lyrical and dramatic themes to highlight the romantic components and the threat and danger that threatens the protagonists. The main theme, of love, is beautiful but very simple, at least compared with the strength of the adventure central theme, which although is narratively less relevant in the global discourse of the musical script ends up imposing.”
MundoBSO

“For me also there were little nuances and quirks of orchestration etc that gave the work a certain Barry-esque sound, the rich sounding strings and also the composer’s obvious gift to create haunting musical passages that are delicate, fragile and highly emotive bringing forth some beautiful and stunningly touching melodious pieces. This score is certainly worth having as I know that you will return to it many times to sample the highly emotive and poignant compositions.”
John Mansell

““Secret Sharer” is the kind of score I always listen to with pleasure. It’s laid back but there’s a fire burning inside it and I can feel that. It’s romantic and melodic and I love how the instruments complement each other. Guy Farley wrote a sensible and soothing score that will work very well when the sunset comes on the sea shore and you’ve already been there for a few days.”
SoundtrackDreams

“This is a pretty good and polished thriller score. It has the two main themes and a bit of thriller music that at times impresses.”
SoundtrackGeek