MovieScore Media’s latest wonderful winterland release is an epic romantic score for a late 19th century adventure wherein Guy Farley’s music stands on its own against the world of Claude Debussy and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Directed by Michael Lockshin, Silver Skates is takes place in the magical city of St. Petersburg in 1899 and 1900. As the calendars are about to turn, young aristocrat Alice (Sonia Priss) wants to leave the path that her aristocratic family has chosen for her. On New Year’s Eve, she falls in love with Matvey (Fedor Fedotov), a delivery boy whose only valuable possession is the titular pair of silver skates. Though they do not belong together according to society, Matvey and Alice are ready to take a leap into the new year together… In collaboration with MovieScore Media, a physical CD release will be released shortly by KeepMoving Records.
“Director Michael Lockshin wanted strong themes, emotion, drama, classic orchestral story telling as the story is set onset on the frozen canals of St. Petersburg, where the iced over river Neva is used as the main source of transport, employing skaters as couriers,” explains Guy about his music. The score’s strong thematic material builds upon an epic opening title sequence, grandiose music for the aristocracy, contrasted with an original love theme growing out of Debussy’s Claire de Lune for star-crossed lovers Matvey and Alice. The score uses a host of Russian instruments, balalaikas, domra, gusli, dulcimer, saz, bayan (a Russian accordion) and ethnic percussion – but a few cues also have a quasi-gypsy flavour to represent a gang of thieves.
Composer Guy Farley is a returning guest to MovieScore Media – his previous albums with the label include Land of the Blind (2006), The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007), The Flock (2007), Knife Edge (2008) and The Hot Potato (2011). In 2017, Farley was one of the executive producers and composers on Britain’s Got Talent 2017 winner and classical musician Tokio Myers’ debut album, entitled Our Generation. In the world of film music, he is also known for the scores for Modigliani (2003), Mother Teresa (2004) and That Good Night (2017).
MMS20029 SILVER SKATES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release date (digital): December 18, 2020
Release date (CD): TBC