The Riot Club

Musical Score By: Kasper Winding

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on Laura Wade's 2010 play, Posh, The Riot Club stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as Alistair and Miles, aristocrats starting their first year at Oxford University.  Though different in temperament, thanks to their aristocratic ties, both finds themselves as candidates for the infamous Riot Club, a long established elite drinking club in which reputations can be made or destroyed in a single night.  But as the Riot Club's activities come to light, will either candidate want to remain?

                The musical score of The Riot Club was created by Danish composer Kasper Winding, who started his first job as a composer at the age of fourteen with his score for The Beach Revolution.  That same year, Winding joined the Danish radio orchestra as a drummer.  Since then, he has released eleven records and written twenty scores for film and television, including The Flying Devils, P.O.V., Epidemic, From Heart to Hand, The Salvation and more.

                As you listen to The Riot Club Soundtrack, you will find that it really doesn't clue you in on what this movie is about.  Unless you have already seen the film, you will never understand the mix of contemporary orchestral, orchestral with guitars, opera, rock/punk and more.  Now that I have an inkling, I understand that the orchestral music and opera represent the status of the students involved and that the rock and punk represent what they become while engaged in the Riot Club.

                Despite the diverse music, or perhaps because of it, I found The Riot Club Soundtrack to be quite engaging, captivating my attention throughout the album.  The music is a perfect accompaniment to the film and serves as quite an interesting stand alone soundtrack.  This is an album well worth the listen.


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