“Say It In Russian” Original Motion Picture Score
Limited Edition of 500 copies
Label: KMRCD 032
Film Date: 2008
Album Date: 2014
Directed by Jeff Celentano, Say It in Russian is a passionate romance with a dash of thriller inspired by the real-life experience of its main star, Agata Gotova. The film tells the story of Daria Larina, a Russian socialite who meets American businessman Andrew Lamont in the city of lights, Paris. Upon returning to her Russian home with her new boyfriend, Daria is distraught by the cold treatment from her father. What she doesn’t realize is that his dad is a former oligarch turned Minister, whose life is seriously threatened by his old business partners.
The music for Say It in Russian was written by Istanbul-born composer Pinar Toprak. Completing his musical studies at the Istanbul State Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and California State University, Northridge. Pinar got her first gigs by doing musical programming for some Hans Zimmer scores at Remote Control Productions. She also worked with master orchestrator William Ross before getting her Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil. Since then, she has worked on everything from family animation (Light of Olympia) to creature features (Ogre), comedies (The Lightkeepers) and sports documentaries (The Wind Gods) as well.
The dark and passionate score inspired by the musical legacy of Russian romanticism was recorded by 75 musicians of the Belgrade Film Orchestra, making it the composer’s first symphonic recording. KeepMoving Records is proud to present the complete underscore from the film, parts of which were available only on promotional releases by the composer. By doing a new mix and including several short but sweet cues for the first time, we’re happy to give you the definitive presentation of this sometimes tragic, sometimes propulsive, but on the whole wonderful score.
The CD comes with an 8-page booklet with commentary by Gergely Hubai and personal commentary by Pinar Toprak recalling the excitement of recording her first-ever symphonic score.