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National Geographic Original Series Soundtrack


Composer: Lorne Balfe (main title theme by Hans Zimmer)
Label: Milan Records
Release Date: 28 April 2017

Milan Records release Lorne Balfe's original score for the National Geographic series Genius. The series features an original main title by Hans Zimmer. The show is the network’s first-ever scripted series, based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe. Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in groundbreaking discoveries that reshaped modern science...

Lorne Balfe's score for Genius is released as an EP (12 tracks - 17 min, 38 sec) but the short running time is more than made up for by the number of quality themes it contains.

Balfe was influenced by Einstein’s own musical talents with his approach to the score. Einstein was a violin player and that is reflected - specifically on the three bonus tracks 'Partita 1 - 'Double', for Solo Violin BWV 1002 (excerpt)'; and 'Adagio in E Major (for Violin and Orchestra) K.261 (excerpt)'; and 'Wiegenlied (Lullaby) K.350 (excerpt)'.

It's an interesting score that showcases Balfe's diversity as a composer.


Darren Rea

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