Dario Marianelli & Víkingur Ólafsson – Darkest Hour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 51:58 minutes | 528 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
For Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill wartime drama, the director initially suggested solo piano but also, composer Marianelli says, “great propulsion, great momentum forward,” all conveying “the sense of restlessness of the man.” Enter world-class soloist Vikingur Olafsson. The Icelandic pianist was “particularly versed in minimalism, with an expressiveness that wasn’t remotely romantic,” Marianelli says. He quickly expanded the scope of the score to be more fully orchestral.
Rhythmic use of strings permeates “Darkest Hour,” with short motifs that act as “signposts, trying to mark the way or show you where you might be going,” Marianelli says. One associated specifically with Churchill, another a “buildup to war, a vaguely militaristic musical idea with drums and brass.”
Toughest of all was underscoring Churchill’s final, inspirational “we shall fight” speech, rousing the British to war: “It was six or seven minutes. You start from almost nothing and you build and build.” Worth noting: Marianelli already has an Oscar for “Atonement” and two additional nominations, all for Wright films.
02. Where Is Winston?
03. Full English
04. A Telegram From The Palace
05. One Of Them
06. Winston And George
07. First Speech To The Commons
08. The War Rooms
09. From The Air
10. I Wouldn’t Trust Him With My Bicycle
11. Radio Broadcast
12. History Is Listening
13. An Ultimatum
15. We Must Prepare For Imminent Invasion
16. The Words Won’t Come
17. Just Before The Dawn
18. District Line, East, One Stop.
19. We Shall Fight