Solaris [Original Score]

Solaris [Original Score]

by Cliff Martinez


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Steven Soderbergh took a big risk when he decided to remake Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's art house classic Solaris (both films based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem). Some critics felt he'd have been better off directing his considerable energy toward less hallowed material (like, say, Ocean's 11). Still others (notably J. Hoberman of The Village Voice) proclaimed it one of the best films of 2002. Just as science fiction was a new genre for Soderbergh to explore, it was also new for the director's longtime composer of choice, Cliff Martinez. As Soderbergh explains in the liner notes, "We were both pushing ourselves, trying things we'd never tried before." And just as the movie is more of a psychodrama than a conventional work of science fiction -- somewhat like director James Cameron's The Abyss -- Martinez doesn't gum up the works with grand gestures or quirky sound effects. He keeps things quiet, tense, dreamy -- or nightmarish, depending on your point of view. Solaris asks viewers to question what's real and what's merely a projection of the feverish imaginations of the various denizens (including George Clooney's widowed psychologist, Chris Kelvin) of the lonely space station orbiting the beautiful yet eerie, seemingly empathic planet of Solaris. All the while, these ambient instrumentals -- featuring treated strings and woodwinds, but no percussive elements like drums or piano -- bleed into one another with little distinction, just minor changes in volume and tempo. It doesn't make for the liveliest listen, but Martinez successfully establishes a distinctive mood, somewhat like the quieter passages in 2001: A Space Odyssey or the similarly underrated Andromeda Strain.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
Label: La-La Land Records
UPC: 0826924116128
catalogNumber: 1161
Rank: 43746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Martinez   Primary Artist
Bruce Fowler   Conductor
Steve Kujala   Flute
Richard Todd   Horn
William Booth   Trombone
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Miran Kojian   Violin
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
Charles Loper   Trombone
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Jim Self   Tuba
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Kurt Snyder   Horn
John Steinmetz   Bassoon
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
David Riddles   Bassoon
John Walz   Cello
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Jeanne Evans   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Agnes Gottschewski   Violin
David Washburn   Trumpet
Susan Rishik   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass
Trevor Handy   Cello
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Nicolas Philippon   Bass
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Sungil Lee   Violin
Shanti Randall   Viola
Cassandra Richburg   Viola
Steven Roberts   Clarinet
Joshua Ranz   Clarinet
Leanne Becknell   Oboe
Armen Movsessian   Violin
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Donald Ferrone   Bass
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Matt Cooker   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
John A. Reynolds   Horn
Paul Cohen   Cello
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
David H. Speltz   Cello
Timothy Morrison   Trumpet
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Dave Shostac   Flute
Cecelia Tsan   Cello
Charlie Bisharet   Violin
Marina Marukian   Violin

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Cliff Martinez   Composer,Score Producer
Alan Meyerson   Engineering
Nick Redman   Reissue Producer
Bill Talbott   Engineer
Leanne Ungar   Engineering
Tom Steel   Stage Crew
Tom Cavanaugh   Music Business Affairs
Fredrik Sarhagen   Engineering
Steven Soderbergh   Liner Notes
Michael V. Gerhard   Executive Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Jim Titus   Art Direction
Julie Kergo   Liner Notes

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Solaris [Original Score] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a word, this score is haunting. While watching "Solaris" in the theater a few weeks ago, I found myself holding my breath, hoping for Cliff Martinez's luminous central melody to surface once more before the movie ended. The minimalist music treads softly throughout the film, perfectly ambient and pure. I love it. It's remarkably reminiscent of U2 a la Brian Eno. If you're looking for something simple, moving, and seductively irresistible, this is your score.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago