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MSM/Kronos: The Dark Valley [2014] - Matthias Weber

The Dark Valley [2014]
Music by: Matthias Weber

Nominated for nine German Film Awards (the Lolas), the Austrian/German vengeance thriller The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal) by Andreas Prochaska features an ominous score by Matthias Weber. MovieScore Media releases the Lola nominated soundtrack on April 1, following the multiple nominations of the film and its score by the German Film Academy. The movie tells the story of the mysterious Greider (Sam Riley), a lone horseman who approaches a lone village in the Alps in the late 19th century with revenge on his mind. This interesting hybrid of a film (a story set in the Alps, but made like a western) features a musical score that’s as much of an exciting blend as the story itself.

The music for The Dark Valley is courtesy of German composer Matthias Weber who studied at the renowned film music programs of the Berklee College of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music. Weber initially worked on episodic television, including Baywatch, The Sopranos and The Shield. As a programmer, he worked with composers like Hans Zimmer (Pearl Harbor, Tears of the Sun) and Trevor Jones (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman). His German-language scoring credits include Simon Aeby’s Medieval epic Shadow of the Sword (2005), Prochaska’s Dead in Three Days 1 and 2 (2006/08) and My Best Enemy (2011) which was nominated for the Austrian Film Award for its music.

The music for The Dark Valley blends classical music elements with ambient, electronic textures and rhythms, featuring manipulated orchestral sonorities and rare solo instruments like the guitar viol, the alpine horn or the ronroco. The score is performed by the Skopje Film Orchestra whose recording is fronted by artists like Tina Guo (cello), Lisbeth Scott (ronroco) and Eliana Burki (alpine horn). Weber’s score fetched one of the film’s nine nominations for the German Academy Awards (Lola). The soundtrack also features the original songs written for the film: “Sinnerman” (performed by Clara Luzia during the main titles and bz One Two Three Cheers and a Tiger in the end) and ”How Dare You!” by Steaming Satellites.

CD EDITION: Kronos Records

DIGITAL: MovieScore Media

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