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Marvel Music/Hollywood Records: "BLACK WIDOW" music by Lorne Balfe

Marvel Music/Hollywood Records has released the digital soundtrack from Marvel Studios' "Black Widow."  The album, featuring an original score composed and produced by Lorne Balfe ("Mission: Impossible - Fallout," "The Crown"), is available here.  Executive Soundtrack Producers are Cate Shortland, Kevin Feige and Dave Jordan.  Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, "Black Widow"-the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe- launches simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets today.

Commenting on Balfe's score in her liner notes from the vinyl album, Shortland said, "The score is fragile at times, embodying Natasha's fears and her longing for connection. Her tenuous bond to the earth. But then it is completely powerful and I get cold shivers at how fun and epic it is. Lorne takes us on a spectacular ride."

According to Balfe, from the moment he first watched the reels he felt Natasha needed a musical heritage. "I wanted to introduce the soundtrack of her story," he said. "I listened to a lot of Russian folk music-it's a very particular sound. This music is the ghost of the past that is always with her."

Balfe wrote folk music that helped define Natasha from a musical point of view. "The instrumental DNA includes balalaikas, duduks, dombras and hurdy-gurdies," he said.  "In addition to these instruments of that geographical place, we also needed it to have a female voice."   Balfe achieved this with a 20-piece female choir, singing in Russian.  "The Russian language sounds a bit hard or aggressive, but there's something very magical about it-something beautiful and rustic."

Led by conductor Gavin Greenaway, the score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with 118 musicians and a 60-piece choir, consisting of both classical and gospel, featuring 40 men and 20 women.  Balfe said, "Abbey Road has been the musical home to the Avengers Family for many years. With 'Black Widow,' there was only one studio in the world that could match the epic-ness of her story, and the largest orchestra ever recorded at Abbey Road seemed fit for the occasion."

Balfe discusses his "Black Widow" score in a new episode of Disney's For Scores podcast series, available on July 21 wherever podcasts are enjoyed and at  The Black Widow 2x 180 Gram colored vinyl album is now available for pre-order.  For more Marvel music, listen to the playlist here.

In Marvel Studios' action-packed spy thriller "Black Widow," Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina.
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