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Russia: Land of the Tsars

Russia: Land of the Tsars

Whirled Music (WM20032)

Release Date: 2003

Conducted by Gary Pozner

Performed by
Osu Symphony Orchestra

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. The Russian People
2. The Vikings Set Sail
3. Peasants
4. Murder of Brothers
5. Russians and Ottomans
6. The Uprising
7. The Mongol Yoke
8. Baru Kahn
9. Paying Tribute to the Mongols
10. The People Battle the Mongols
11. Prince Dimitry
12. The Holy City Falls
13. Moscow
14. The Feast
15. Ivan Claims the Crown
16. Glory of Ivan the Terrible
17. Ivan's Reign of Terror
18. Despair Across the Land
19. Ivan Dies
20. Peasants Try to Survive
21. The Orichniki
22. Russia's Neighbors
23. Peasants Become Slaves
24. Polish Pretender
25. Time of Troubles
26. Save the Motherland
27. Peter the Great is Crowned
28. Sophia's Rumor
29. Peter Takes Charge
30. Stronghold of Azov
31. The Warrior Tsar
32. Peter Sails the Seas
33. The Streltsy Revolt
34. Death at St. Petersburg
35. Tsar Peter and Marfa
36. Tsarevich Alexei is Tortured
37. The Battle with Sweden
38. Elizabeth's Moonlight Ride
39. Elizabeth Summons Sophia
40. Paul and Catherine
41. Catherine the Great
42. The Murder of the Tsar
43. Catherine Reforms Society
44. Catherine the Great Dies
45. Paul Makes a Mess of Politics
46. Paul is Killed
47. War in Crimea Land
48. Russian People Unite
49. Tsar Alexander Liberates Paris
50. Conspirators Meeting
51. Iron Tsar Nicholas
52. Conspirators Plot Revolution
53. Alexander Pushkin Loses the Duel
54. Russia at War
55. The Saddest War
56. The Iron Tsar Dies
57. The Plot Takes Shape
58. Sophia Plans an Attack
59. Start the Revolution
60. The Poor are Even Poorer
61. Into the Future
62. Nicholas and Alexandra
63. Tsar Nicholas Expands
64. Funeral Bride
65. Naval War Against Japan
66. Protestors at the Tsar's Palace
67. The Murder of Rasputin
68. Tsar Nicholas Returns Home
69. Bloody Sunday
70. The End of the Empire
71. The Romanov Family is Executed
72. The Beginning of a New Russia
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by Josh Wisch
June 21, 2004
[1 / 5]

Russia: Land of the Tsars is a History Channel film, so I suppose it's unfair to expect much from the soundtrack. That being said there are occasionally pieces of music that make you deeply wish you could request the wasted moments of your life back that were spent listening to them. As Dr. Smith from Lost in Space would say, "Oooh the pain!" Not to bury the lead, but this is one such piece of music.

The music is composed by Gary Pozner, an unknown to many film score buffs. If he keeps up his present level of excellence, it will undoubtedly remain that way. Pozner has recently formed a company called "Whirled Music," which produces music for films, television, commercials, and the like. According to his biography at Whirled's webpage, in his former life, Pozner played piano in the Catskills, and was part of an African-Celtic-Gospel-Rock band called "EO." One hopes that he goes back to his band, because when it comes to film scoring, he's not quite ready for prime time.

Land of the Tsars is like the soundtrack for a jungle video game. You can envision the little pixelized character sitting, looking around, while the music continues to drone on with the same melody, oh so ponderously. Alternatively, this would provide lovely background for a rousing game of Dungeons and Dragons. Nowhere is this more typified on the soundtrack than early on, with "The Vikings Set Sail." I would name other tracks on the score, but it doesn't matter. Really, believe me, it does not matter. Each successive track is more unwieldy and less enjoyable than the one before. Ok, I'll name one more: "Russians and Ottomans" is a perfect display of just how this soundtrack is so incredibly by the numbers. Cymbal crash there, medieval flute there, little bit of violin over to your left please, and slower, slower, then crescendo and yes! build! build! build! MORE MEDIEVAL FLUTE AND FRENCH HORN! The only track I found even remotely redeeming was "Glory of Ivan the Terrible," for the sole reason that it was pretty and I'm straining to say something nice here.

In case you are still considering purchasing this album, consider this: for some inexplicable reason, dozens of tracks on the score are approximately 10 to 20 seconds long. Arguably this is beneficial in the sense that the pain diminishes more rapidly, but it's also damnably distracting.


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