Solaris [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Steven Soderbergh took a big risk when he decided to remake Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's art house classic Solaris both films based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem. Some critics felt he'd have been better off directing his considerable energy toward less hallowed material like, say, Ocean's 11. Still others notably J. Hoberman of The Village Voice proclaimed it one of the best films of 2002. Just as science fiction was a new genre for Soderbergh to explore, it was also new for the director's longtime composer of choice, Cliff Martinez. As Soderbergh explains in the liner notes, "We were both pushing ourselves, trying things we'd never tried before." And just as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Steven Soderbergh took a big risk when he decided to remake Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's art house classic Solaris both films based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem. Some critics felt he'd have been better off directing his considerable energy toward less hallowed material like, say, Ocean's 11. Still others notably J. Hoberman of The Village Voice proclaimed it one of the best films of 2002. Just as science fiction was a new genre for Soderbergh to explore, it was also new for the director's longtime composer of choice, Cliff Martinez. As Soderbergh explains in the liner notes, "We were both pushing ourselves, trying things we'd never tried before." And just as the movie is more of a psychodrama than a conventional work of science fiction -- somewhat like director James Cameron's The Abyss -- Martinez doesn't gum up the works with grand gestures or quirky sound effects. He keeps things quiet, tense, dreamy -- or nightmarish, depending on your point of view. Solaris asks viewers to question what's real and what's merely a projection of the feverish imaginations of the various denizens including George Clooney's widowed psychologist, Chris Kelvin of the lonely space station orbiting the beautiful yet eerie, seemingly empathic planet of Solaris. All the while, these ambient instrumentals -- featuring treated strings and woodwinds, but no percussive elements like drums or piano -- bleed into one another with little distinction, just minor changes in volume and tempo. It doesn't make for the liveliest listen, but Martinez successfully establishes a distinctive mood, somewhat like the quieter passages in 2001: A Space Odyssey or the similarly underrated Andromeda Strain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924116128
  • Catalog Number: 1161
  • Sales rank: 27,699

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Martinez Primary Artist
Bruce Fowler Conductor
Steve Kujala Flute
Richard Todd Horn
William Booth Trombone
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Walt Fowler Trumpet
Armen Garabedian Violin
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin, Concert Master
Susan Greenberg Flute
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Miran Kojian Violin
Janet Lakatos Viola
Victor Lawrence Cello
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Dane Little Cello
Charles Loper Trombone
Jorge Moraga Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Dan Neufeld Viola
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Jim Self Tuba
Haim Shtrum Violin
Kurt Snyder Horn
John Steinmetz Bassoon
Josefina Vergara Violin
Miwako Watanabe Violin
David Riddles Bassoon
John Walz Cello
Tom Boyd Oboe
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Jeanne Evans Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello
Rafael Rishik Violin
Leslie Reed Oboe
Sara Parkins Violin
Agnes Gottschewski Violin
David Washburn Trumpet
Susan Rishik Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Emily Bernstein Clarinet
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Michael Valerio Bass
Trevor Handy Cello
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Nicolas Philippon Bass
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Sungil Lee Violin
Shanti Randall Viola
Cassandra Richburg Viola
Steven Roberts Clarinet
Joshua Ranz Clarinet
Leanne Becknell Oboe
John Reynolds Horn
Armen Movsessian Violin
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Donald Ferrone Bass
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Matt Cooker Cello
Phillip Levy Violin
Paul Cohen Cello
Amy Hershberger Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
Tamara Hatwan Violin
David H. Speltz Cello
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Louise di Tullio Flute
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Dave Shostac Flute
Cecelia Tsan Cello
Charlie Bisharet Violin
Marina Marukian Violin
Technical Credits
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
Cliff Martinez Composer, Score Producer
Alan Meyerson Engineering
Nick Redman Reissue Producer
Bill Talbott Engineer
Leanne Ungar Engineering
Tom Steel Stage Crew
Tom Cavanaugh Music Business Affairs
Fredrik Sarhagen Engineering
Steven Soderbergh Liner Notes
Michael V. Gerhard Executive Producer
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Jim Titus Art Direction
Julie Kergo Liner Notes
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