Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Music Composed And Conducted By Alberto Iglesias
Score Produced By Alberto Iglesias and Javier Casado
Silva Screen Records SILCD 1369
19 Tracks – Running Time: 59:22
To Be Released On November 21, 2011
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the latest film adapation of John leCarre’s novel due to open here in the U.S. on December 9th starring Gary Oldman, Academy Award Winner Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy. Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Jones.The story takes place in the early 1970s during the Cold War, as the head of British Intelligence, Control (Hurt), resigns after an operation in Budapest goes horribly wrong. It transpires that he believed one of four senior figures in the service was in fact a Russian agent and the Hungary operation was an attempt to identify which of one them it really was. George Smiley (Oldman), an IM6 operative who had been forced into retirement by Control’s departure, but is asked by a senior government figure to investigate a story told to him by a rogue agent named Ricki Tarr (Hardy), that there was a mole in the organization. Smiley then considers that the failure of the Hungarian operation and the continued success of Operation Witchcraft confirms this, and takes up the task of finding him.
Composer Alberto Iglesias is one of the more interesting and talented composers in Hollywood at the moment. The Spanard import who was instrumental in the success and acclaim of famed Spanish director Pedro Almadovar’s films such as Talk To Me, Bad Education, Volver, and his latest film, The Skin I Live In starring Antonio Banderas. Iglesias as also worked with Steven Soderburgh on epic two-part docudrama “Che” starring Bencio Del Toro as well as racking up two Oscar nominations for his music for The Kite Runner and The Constant Gardener, which was also based on a novel by John leCarre’.
The music for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an engaging work that sometimes evokes a rather melancholic mood, but it is also has an mysterious elegance in its melodies. The music doesn’t try to be your typical spy movie suspense score and that’s where it does succeed. Usually a film of this type nowdays would normally be scored with an abundance of brass, electronics and pulsing action rhythms that at times can enduce headaches. Igleasias’ score is a well crafted work that well thought out and does pick its spots to enforce some darkly hued material. At times, the score takes on the feel of a string quartet that adds to the classical feel of the score at times. The use of jazz is another central element to the score which was something that Jerry Goldsmith (The Russia House) and Shaun Davey (The Tailor of Panama) had utilized for their respective John LeCarre’ film adapations.
“George Smiley” opens up the album is the score’s main theme which starts out in a jazzy atmosphere that sounds almost like Mark Isham’s work in a way with a solo and lonesome mournful trumpet solo with piano and guitar then to a classical sounding fugue of strings before the jazzy theme returns to further develop the material as it’s played throughout the score in various guises and moods throughout the album and in particular “Safe House” and a slow romantic variation “Karla”. The score features some really reflective, pensive moments admist all the suspense in tracks such as “Tarr and Iriana” which is very classical and evokes a bit of romance with some lush string performaces, As well as “Anything Else?” that is another nice track with a cool piano motif and some more lush strings, “Some of the score’s classically aggressive and engertic suspense material are featured in “Control and Westerby”, “Esterhase” with its rhythmic strings, “One’s Gone” which features a funky cool guitar and a plusing aggressive beat, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a basically a suite and reprise of the scores thematic material (George Smiley’s theme and the aggressive suspense stringwork) and is really well done to put a solid capper on this album.
Silva Screen Records has released a really good score that should warrant some attention come awards time and not to mention a very accessible album that should get repeat listens.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is easily now one of my favorite scores by Alberto Iglesias and the best surprise scores I’ve heard this year.
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy is going to be released on next Monday and available at Barnes & Noble and J&R Music and Computer World as well as Amazon.
1. George Smiley
4. Islay Hotel
7. Alleline And Bland On The Roof
8. Safe House
9. Tarr And Irina
10. Anything Else?
11. Jim Prideaux
16. Control And Westerby
18. One’s Gone
19. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
– Danny Gonzalez
Film Music Examiner NEW YORK – NYC