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Rory's Way
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Frank Ilfman
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 31 May 2019

MovieScore Media once again teams up with composer Frank Ilfman to release the emotionally-charged music, Celtic-flavoured score for Rory’s Way. Based on Jose Luis Sampedro’s novel The Etruscan Smile, Rory’s Way stars acclaimed British actor Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his baby grandson...

Frank Ilfman delivers an emotionally rich score for Rory's Way. At its core is the movie's main theme, 'Rory's Theme', which is woven intricately throughout the 16 tracks (45 min, 51 sec).

"Rory’s Way is a very emotional and heartfelt story with a strong Celtic identity," explains Frank Ilfman about his contributions to the picture. "The music is very melodic in its core, using a large orchestra comprise of strings, winds, percussion and some Celtic instruments to represent Rory’s heritage. I composed three themes that represent Rory’s character, his son and Rory’s relationship with his grandson always keeping central the strong emotions between the three generations."

It's a sweet album that doesn't disappoint. It's pretty obvious that the music plays an integral part of the movie, acting as its heart and soul, and I'm happy to report that it works just as well as a stand alone project of beautiful themes in its own right.


Darren Rea

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