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Bitter Harvest
(2017)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Orchestrated by:
Andrew Skeet
Geoff Alexander
Oscar Senen

Co-Produced by:
Chris Craker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 20th, 2017)
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Limited edition of 1,000 copies, available at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $16.
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Buy it... if you desire respectfully ethnic, romantically longing music for a challenging depiction of genocide, Benjamin Wallfisch supplying conservative but very well executed dramatic melodicism for this otherwise disastrous film.

Avoid it... if you require your orchestral and vocal melodrama to strike a more imposing posture for a historical tragedy, this score seemingly content to explore the majority of its themes without the overwhelming weight the topic might have demanded to engage otherwise bored audiences.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,899
WRITTEN 3/3/18
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Bitter Harvest: (Benjamin Wallfisch) With tensions between contemporary Moscow and Ukraine flaring once again, it is no surprise that Ukrainian financiers supported the 2017 romantic historical drama Bitter Harvest, a love story set against the Holodomor famine of the early 1930's. Although some scholars have resisted labeling it an act of genocide by Joseph Stalin as the Soviets seized the crops in Ukraine and caused an extraordinary famine that led to 7 to 10 million deaths, history has generally concluded that Stalin intentionally caused the suffering as a way of quelling resistance from the region. The event had not been depicted on screen before, and a combined effort of Ukrainian money and filmmakers from Canada and the United Kingdom brought the English-language Bitter Harvest to life by packaging it as a solemn romance in which two young lovers are separated by the tumultuous campaign and fight to reunite despite the widespread gulags and executions. The project turned out to be a surprisingly boring affair, a financial disaster of tens of millions of dollars as critics bemoaned its tepid impact. (Fans of English actor Terence Stamp could at least rejoice in a supporting role for the veteran of glowering menace.) Attempting to boost the dramatic punch of the film is Benjamin Wallfisch's typically respectful but understandably emotional orchestral score. The English composer was the orchestrator and conductor for the accomplished Dario Marianelli throughout the 2000's, collaborating on many outstanding Marianelli dramas during that time. Since exploring a solo career as a composer, Wallfisch has tackled a number of documentary-style productions in the 2010's, though his career was enveloped later in that decade by his collaboration with Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions that, in its early ventures, has somewhat tarnished Wallfisch's classical brand. Listeners familiar with the composer's better-known horror and suspense efforts of 2017, highlighted by A Cure For Wellness, may overlook Bitter Harvest, a shame given that the obscure drama is among the top film score highlights of the year.



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63 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.49 Stars
***** 14 5 Stars
**** 21 4 Stars
*** 15 3 Stars
** 8 2 Stars
* 5 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 65:33
• 1. Rusalka (4:52)
• 2. Portrait (2:57)
• 3. Lake Ritual (1:08)
• 4. Red Star (1:55)
• 5. Free Men (2:06)
• 6. Reign of Terror (4:31)
• 7. Leaving the Village (4:05)
• 8. Ancestors (2:15)
• 9. Natalka (2:43)
• 10. Kiev (1:18)
• 11. Letter From Home (1:53)
• 12. Sense a Change (0:57)
• 13. Elegy For Ukraine (2:32)
• 14. Gulag (3:14)
• 15. Moonlight (2:29)
• 16. Letter to Yuri (1:38)
• 17. Escape (1:16)
• 18. Women's Revolt (1:32)
• 19. Orphans (1:56)
• 20. The Icon (1:53)
• 21. Field Ambush (2:14)
• 22. Smila is My Home (3:22)
• 23. Cossack Prayer (2:20)
• 24. Battle For Ivan (2:17)
• 25. Phoenix (1:50)
• 26. River (3:50)
• 27. In Memoriam (1:12)
• 28. Bitter Harvest (1:28)

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