Lakeshore Records has released The Courier—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available now digitally worldwide! The album features original music by BAFTA-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Abel Korzeniowski (Nocturnal Animals, A Single Man)! View the track list, soundtrack purchase links, and more below.
The Courier film is now playing in theaters.
“Philip Glass-inspired score” indiewire.com
“The score from Abel Korzeniowski wears at the heartstrings “ silverscreenriot.com
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
01. Spies and Typewriters
02. Iron Curtain
03. First Contact
05. Secret Meeting
07. It Has To Be You
08. Eyes Of The State
10. Cuban Missiles
11. One Last Trip To Moscow
12. I Have A Light Day
13. Trenchcoats vs. KGB
15. Cold Soup
17. When You Come Home
18. Maybe We Are Only Two People
ABOUT ABEL KORZENIOWSKI
Abel Korzeniowski is a BAFTA-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated composer, whose work in film music places him in a small group of composers destined to define the future of the art form. His most recent film, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, won the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, and recently won a Golden Globe Award for supporting actor, and received 9 BAFTA nominations, including a nomination for Abel for Best Original Music.
This is the second collaboration between Ford and Korzeniowski. They also worked together on Ford’s first film, A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Abel’s stirring score earned him a Golden Globe nomination, as well as the attention of Madonna, who chose him to score the film, W.E., for which he received his second Golden Globe nomination. Described as stylish and bittersweet, the score for “W.E.” brilliantly reflects the glamorous romance between Wallis Simpson and The Duke of Windsor. Evgeni’s Waltz, a piano piece from “W.E.,” became the basis of a new version of Madonna’s hit Like a Virgin, performed during her 2012 MDNA world tour. In addition, Abel has won three World Soundtrack Awards, as well as the 2013 International Film Music Critics Association Composer of the Year Award for his work on Romeo & Juliet and Escape From Tomorrow.
Abel also received numerous accolades for his work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. In addition to his BAFTA win, he received his three Emmy nominations for his work on the show.
Born in Krakow, Poland, Korzeniowski studied classical composition under the world-renowned composer Krzysztof Penderecki. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles. He currently resides in the Hollywood Hills.
“a lovely waltz-like score” variety.com
“A decorous, solidly smart thriller“ ew.com
“A solid spy drama about ordinary people caught up in Cold War espionage” hollywoodreporter.com
“an enjoyable and entertaining spectacle“ thespool.net
“Cumberbatch is absolutely committed to the role, enduring a physical transformation that would impress the likes of Christian Bale“ theplaylist.net
“An incredibly compelling true espionage tale” joblo.com
Recorded in an old scoring stage in Warsaw with the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, the taut, yet richly emotional orchestrated score augments the Cold War thriller with an added personal resonance as Korzeniowski grew up in communist Poland. The Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate film directed by Dominic Cooke and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley and Merab Ninidze will be released in theaters March 19.
The Courier is the true story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative (Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Says Korzeniowski: “My main inspiration for the score was the constant anxiety, relentless suppression and grotesque absurdity embedded in everyday life behind the Cold War’s Iron Curtain. Since I lived that life myself, having grown up in communist Poland, this is still very personal.
The sound is raw and rough at times, like a concrete wall of the prefabricated social housing of that period. For the sake of authenticity, we recorded in a large, old scoring stage in Warsaw with Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, which infused it with the characteristically expressive and emotional Eastern-European sound. My music follows the impossible transformation of Greville Wynne, from an average, money-oriented businessman, to a selfless hero, from a five-bedroom house in Chelsea, to a Soviet prison cell. The score’s centerpiece is a waltz, representing the reckless cloak-and-dagger ploy and the growing friendship between a rookie British spy and a Russian defector.”