Soundtrack Album Review Music By Victor Reyes
MovieScore Media/5 Tracks/Disc Time: 32:21
Grade: A- (BEST OF 2014)
The thriller “Grand Piano” is one of the more inventive thrillers that went under the radar last year that follows along the lines of the criminally underrated Johnny Depp thriller, “Nick Of Time” from twenty years ago with its’ real time concept as well as the Colin Farrell thriller, “Phone Booth”. The film stars Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”) as Tom Selznick, a former famous piano prodigy who suffered a major breakdown on stage trying to play a piece composed by his mentor and developed stage fright until an attempted comeback aided by his movie star wife watching from the balcony that he hopes would get his career back on track performing a concert. As he is about to do so, he finds a note from a mysterious sniper named Clem (John Cusack, “Say Anything”) in which he can’t leave or move away from the stage until he performs his concert in full.
With a film that relies heavily on music for it’s tight ninety minute running time, a composer was needed that would keep the action moving as well as the suspense and thriller aspects of Wood’s predicament in the film. Composer Victor Reyes was brought in to write the score as he was not a complete stranger to a film such as this having scored the claustrophobic Ryan Reynolds thriller, “Buried” years ago. Reyes’ task was very simple in that he had to compose a symphonic score based around a piano concerto that despite its’ short running time, is a truly masterful work for a film that at times didn’t deserve it.
The score starts off with the Bernard Herrmann influenced “Grand Piano Main Titles” that sets up the main theme performed beautifully by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the soloists John Leneham and Reyes himself on piano which would be the driving and diverse influence of the score which is separated into three movements as if it was a classical piece of music that features alot of suspense and pure driving musical energy that makes you feel as if you were at a classical music concert. These movements are well crafted and really are well put together. “La Cinquette” which was composed by Reyes and the film’s director Eugenio Mira closes out a great score with a piece that is reminiscent of that of the main title which is an excellent finish.
MovieScore Media’s album is a beautiful and electric work that is a major showcase for the virtually unknown composer Reyes who really scores big here and time and time again really is the engine that drives this intense thriller throughout its’ running time. It’s a beautiful thrilling symphonic work that easily is one of my favorite scores of this year and a score that deserves alot of attention. This a noteworthy score in that Victor Reyes should be getting more and more work in the years to come. “Grand Piano” is masterpiece. Enthusiastic thumbs way way way up!