Grand Piano

Composed By: Victor Reyes

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the Spanish thriller Grand Piano, Elijah Wood is Tom Selznick, an up and coming concert pianist until the day he lost his nerve due to a bout with stage fright in the middle of a concert.  Five years later, Tom is staging his comeback in Chicago, performing in memory of his mentor.  While in the midst of his performance, Tom finds a note on his sheet music, warning him that if he plays the wrong note, he will die.  Tom is now engaged in the performance of a lifetime, one that could be his last if the sniper doesn't like what he hears.  No pressure, right?     

                The musical score of Grand Piano was created by Spanish composer Victor Reyes, whose musical career began in the 1980s, working for a pop band called Mecano, Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin.  In the mid-1990s, Reyes made his foray into music and television scoring and is best known for his work on Buried and Red Lights.

                Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the music of the Grand Piano Soundtrack is basically an orchestral concert.  Each track is its own symphony with the piano as its centerpiece.  The score has sinister undertones indicating the danger Tom Selznick has found himself in.  Only five tracks in length, the Grand Piano Soundtrack contains thirty minutes of well-written concert score.

                Just listening to the music on the Grand Piano Soundtrack, I had trouble figuring out what the film was about.  That being said, I really didn't care.  The music was just that enjoyable.  This soundtrack is terrific for folks who enjoy concert piano and performances by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.  However, folks who are not really into concert music may find the soundtrack boring.


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