The Burnt Orange Heresy - Craig Armstrong | Music.Film & Varese Sarabande

Watch The Trailer For The Burnt Orange Heresy, Score By Craig Armstrong Out March 6

The Burnt Orange Heresy - Craig Armstrong | Music.Film Recordings & Varese Sarabande

Music.Film Recordings is set to release The Burnt Orange Heresy—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring music by the Golden Globe and Grammy-winning composer Craig Armstrong (Ray!, Moulin Rouge!), in partnership with Varèse Sarabande Records. Armstrong, who has worked with everyone from Baz Luhrmann to the London Sinfonietta to Massive Attack, has provided an orchestral and electronic-based score that is both lush and gorgeously spare.  It’s an evocative accompaniment to the sleek neo-noir thriller.  Music.Film Recordings will release the album digitally on March 6th.  See the album track list below.

The Burnt Orange Heresy film starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger.

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Track List

01. The Burnt Orange Heresy Theme
02. The First Morning
03. The Lecture
04. Night To Dawn
05. The Casa
06. I Wanted One
07. Coffee On The Terrace
08. Woman with The Red Scarf
09. How Many Days
10. Debney’s Arrival
11. If You Have Nothing To Lose
12. Invitation to Dinner
13. Where Are You Taking Me?
14. Berenice On the Lake
15. Is There Anything Left?
16. Blue
17. In Time You’ll Understand
18. Burning Studio
19. Acting A Little Strange
20. Painting The Forgery
21. The Burnt Orange Heresy
22. Berenice Confronts James
23. Finding Berenice
24. You’re the Fly
25. The Truth: The Painting of Berenice


Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.

Armstrong has composed scores for both Hollywood and independent films from Peter Mullan’s directorial debut The Close Trilogy to the BAFTA, Ivor Novello and Golden Globe winning award scores for Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby. Many more films have benefited from Armstrong’s music including The Quiet American, Orphans, Love Actually, World Trade Centre, Elizabeth:The Golden Age and Far From The Madding Crowd amongst many others. Armstrong’s film score for Ray! directed by Taylor Hackford garnered him a Grammy for original score. Armstrong collaborated again with Oliver Stone on his score for Snowden released in 2016 and in 2018 completing work on the critically acclaimed Mrs Lowry and Son, directed by Adrian Noble. Most recently Armstrong has worked with the director Giuseppe Capotondi for The Burnt Orange Heresy which will be released in 2020.

Armstrong has composed commissions for the London Sinfonietta with Visconti (2002) performed at the Stockhausen Festival, the Scottish Ensemble and Lewis Psalm Singers most recent performance of Martyrdom (2014). Armstrong has composed for the RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Capella Nova and the violin concerto Immer, which was composed for the vioinist Clio Gould. Working in theatre with the director Michael Boyd for the Royal Shakespere Company with scores for the Broken Heart and The Tempest. Armstrong’s second Scottish Opera commission, The Lady From The Sea, premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012 winning the Herald Angel Award.

Armstrong’s first solo albums were released on Massive Attack’s label Melankolic, The Space Between Us and As If To Nothing. Piano Works and Piano Works:The Film followed with a release on Sanctuary in 2004. Memory Takes My Hand was released on EMI Classics in 2008 featuring the violinist Clio Gould and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It’s Nearly Tomorrow, a solo album with BMG Chrysalis in 2014 which featured collaborations with Paul Buchanan and Vladislav Delay.
Armstrong’s latest critically accalaimed solo album with Decca Records in 2018, is an album for strings and piano featuring the Scottish Ensemble. Armstrong is now signed to Modern Recordings a new label on BMG with exciting plans for future releases.

Armstrong was awarded an O.B.E for services to the music industry in 2010 and in 2016 received the Henry Mancini Award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Music.Film Recordings is the new soundtrack label launched by music services specialist Cutting Edge Group, a Grammy Award-winning music company for film, television, advertising, and games, and owner of the world’s preeminent independent film music catalog, including Academy Award winners The King’s Speech, Whiplash, the John Wick franchise, and Academy Award-nominated Sicario. Music.Film Recordings provides its partners with a full suite of creative, marketing, promotional, licensing, and distribution services. Music.Film Recordings is distributed worldwide by Universal Music Distribution, in partnership with iconic soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande Records, wherever music is sold, downloaded, or streamed. Recent Music.Film Recordings titles include Sicario: Day of the Soldado composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Daniel Hart’s The Old Man & The Gun, and A Private War featuring Golden Globe-nominated original song “Requiem For A Private War” by Annie Lennox.

Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.


Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a newfound love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.

Says Armstrong: “It was a great experience to write for a film that had a lot of space for the music to grow and with such dynamic and colourful characters to compose for. The long edits within the filming gave room for the music to develop which made for a very enjoyable process as well as working with the director Giuseppe Capotondi for the first time too. I hope everyone enjoys the experience.”


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