Valley of Shadows

Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Produced by Stephan Eicke

Reviews:
“Working as a seamless unit with his cinematographer brother Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, and making majestic use of a melancholy, trance-like score by the great Kieslowski collaborator Zbigniew Preisner, the director shows bold assurance that helps paper over thin stretches in the narrative.”
Hollywood Reporter

“To provide a correspondingly enthralling yet disquieting score, Gulbrandsen enlists Krzysztof Kieślowski favourite Zbigniew Preisner, whose blend of piano and electronic instruments proves just as astutely crafted.”
Screen Daily

“If you are into ambient minimalism, it rarely gets better than this; there’s no drama, no loud moments, just that eternal, sparse flow of sounds. I’ve been missing dearly an album like this. Brian Eno once said that “Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting”. “Valley of shadows” fits right in.”
Soundtrack Dreams

“Shot in 35mm by the director’s brother Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen using achingly beautiful images that feel as if they’re recalling some forgotten legend of Norse mythology (with a touch of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”), the film isolates this eerily fair-skinned child in a shadowy landscape of inchoate menace, accompanied by Zbigniew Preisner’s richly realized orchestral score.”
Variety

“It is a minimalist, but beautiful work by Preisner with sustained notes for strings, a male choir and synths, which present a sense of purity, even a certain religiosity or mysticism. Considering the genre, this is quite striking, and I imagine it will fascinate some listeners while it might bore others.”
Underscores.fr

“The composer created a soundtrack with orchestra, synthesizers and with the prominent use of the piano to create an atmosphere that is placid, melancholy and dramatic. The voice of Lisa Gerrard has a magical, gothic air to it, and it helps to provide a sense of mystery. It is slow, atmospheric, at times hazy and lyrical as well as luminous.”
MundoBSO

“This is a beautifully lyrical and mesmerizing work which is as sonically enchanting as it is haunting. The music’s dark and menacing fabric manages to be creepy but evocative, deliriously compelling and yet dangerously foreboding.”
BuySoundtrax

“It’s an album that you can give your full attention to, as what at first appears mellow and ambient, is in fact multilayered and carefully structured. It’s not, however, a soundtrack that you can dip in and out of very easily. This is a score that you need to listen to from start to finish, as some of the themes and motifs grow and shift as the album progresses. It’s a beautifully rich score that is extremely rewarding.”
ReviewGraveyard

“This is a beautifully lyrical and mesmerizing work which is as sonically enchanting as it is haunting. The music’s dark and menacing fabric manages to be creepy but evocative, deliriously compelling and yet dangerously foreboding.”
MusiqueFantastique

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