Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Composed By: Karl Preusser

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is based upon the first novel of the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy, the first trilogy in the bestselling series of Dragonlance novels and anthologies set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.  Our story takes us to the peaceful land of Krynn, where the evil goddess Takhis and her evil dragons threaten the world with death and destruction.  All that stands in their way are priestess Goldmoon (Lucy Lawless), half-elf warrior Tanis (Michael Rosenbaum) and wizard Raistlin (Keifer Sutherland).  The movie uses a mix of traditional animation and computer-generated 3D elements to depict a fantastic epic adventure of swords and spells.

            Chosen to compose the soundtrack for Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is Karl Presseur, a composer whose uniqueness and creativity have been causing a stir in the movie and television industries for quite some time.  He has created musical score for such television series as The Planet’s Funniest Animals, Wild California, and Spymaster.  Short film credits include Songbird and I Am Stamos.  He has also composed musical scores for such feature films as Dementia, Ronnie and Seed of Contention.

            Karl Presseur happens to be the perfect choice to create the soundtrack for this film.  Using a full orchestra and choir, he supplies us with the perfect soundtrack for an epic fantasy adventure.  Action sequences are met with fast-paced music filled with horns and cymbals, the music rising in crescendo as the action reaches its peak.  Every aspect of the movie – the action, adventure, fantasy, suspense – all are communicated through the music Presseur has composed for Dragonlance.  Listening to this soundtrack – this big 29-track orchestral production – it is hard to believe that this was all composed for an animated film.  This is the stuff worthy of epic adventures such as Lord of the Rings.

            I listened to Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight numerous times before reviewing it, not because I needed to, but because I WANTED to.  This is a terrific soundtrack that I plan to add to my vast collection.  The composition of each track is beautiful and the CD is perfect as a stand alone album.  When I first received the Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Soundtrack, I was surprised – this was an animated film that I had never heard of.  Funny enough, the following day, I walked into a video store and there it was on the new releases shelf.  Go figure!  Having heard the soundtrack, I am actually very interested in seeing the film.  That doesn’t happen very often and I consider this a sign of a job well done on the part of the composer.  Check out the Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Soundtrack.  This is one soundtrack that will make any music aficionado happy.


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