Music By Ilan Eshkeri
Also Contains Dialogue From The Film (Disc 2)
Varese Sarabande VSD- 7141
Disc One (Original Score) 21 Tracks – Disc Time: 41:02
Disc Two (Music & Dialogue) 15 Tracks – Disc Time: 36:13
Coriolanus was Ralph Fiennes directorial debut of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (Fiennes), who was the hero of Rome. A great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people and his extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody, hungry, manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is then banished from Rome and soon offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler). The film was most recently released on Blu Ray and DVD.
Adding to the trials and anger Coriolanus is the music of composer Ilan Eshkeri who perfectly captures the music hits and motives of revenge with gusto. Eshkeri who’s musical star has risen over the last few years with film such as Stardust (definitely his best score written), Kick-Ass, Johnny English Reborn, Ninja Assassin and Layer Cake. The music for this film is very avant garde in a way with its string laden orchestrations and influence of heavy, clanging percussion hits which are effective with Fiennes’ stark visuals. As a soundtrack album, it simply does not work and the main reason it doesn’t is that it isn’t all that interesting and the music with its lack of themeatic material really doesn’t help it. I can understand the approach to the score, but it really doesn’t generate anything plausable to sustain any energy or rhythms to keep the listener from tuning it completely off.
The second disc is a music and dialog laden disc that actually does work slightly better, but overall it’s almost a complete repetition of the first disc just with William Shakespeare’s memorable lines being recanted with Eshkiri’s music in tow as filler. I get the idea behind this disc, but since the music isn’t all that great, it really is a throwaway disc made for fans of the film and the play. Varese Sarabande’s set is the right idea meant for the right target audience which is fans of the playwright and for those who like classical music in general. They might like this album more than idea because of its tone in the avant garde and in general, it’s a huge disappointment for those who like Eshkiri’s work and also as a whole. Coriolanus is an intriguing project and film, but the music on its own, is just a turn off. A definite pass on this one.