The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig

Composed By: Knut Avenstroup Haugen

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on characters created by author Kjell Aukrust, The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig is a Norwegian animated film that takes place in  Flåklypa.  The residents of the town are horrified that they might have to celebrate Christmas without snow, so they task Inventor Reodor Felgen with creating a snow machine.  But when the snow machine falls into the wrong hands, it's up to Solan and Ludvig to save the town before a record breaking blizzard threatens to bury it.

                The musical score of The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig was created by classically trained Norwegian composer Knut Avenstroup Haugen.  One of Norway's most sought after composers, Knut Avenstroup Haugen began his career composing scores for video games and became best known for his compositions for the Age of Conan series.  Since then, his music has been performed in such notable venues as the World Ski Championships and the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Oslo. 

                The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig is mainly orchestral, featuring trumpets, clarinets, bassoons, harp, piano, drums and strings, but there are some more interesting musical instruments added in such as the accordion, musical saw (the perfect instrument to supply the haunting sounds for The Robot Reporter and Ghosts in the Workshop) and jaw harp (Intermezzo III).  These unusual additions make for a rather unique sounding score, one minute featuring classical sounds, the next jazz.  I love the happy-go-lucky theme created for Solan and Ludvig and found the bad guy theme to be just the right mix of drama and ominous sound.  The music found on The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig album is mainly upbeat, fun in its jazzier moments and incredibly beautiful in the slower, more classical tracks.

                I found The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig Soundtrack to be incredibly enjoyable and an excellent representation of the film, allowing us to follow the adventures of the main character and the mishaps that befall them without the visuals of the film.  Having never heard of Knut Avenstroup Haugen before listening to this soundtrack, I must say that I am incredibly impressed with his work and am looking forward to hearing more from this composer.  The Christmas of Solan and Ludvig Soundtrack will make an excellent addition to my soundtrack collection.


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