16 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes


Apple Digital Master


Mastered for iTunes

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KlingonOpera ,

Satisfying realization of the Conan the Barbarian score on the organ!

This CD is a the film score of the movie “Conan the Barbarian” (score by Basil Poledouris) transcribed for organ by Philipp Pelster. As indicated by the brief liner notes, director John Milius’s intention was to create an opera in the form of a film, and toward that end Mr. Poledouris’ score is well suited. And this transcription definitely works to bring back the feelings and emotional content of the film.

The first track “Anvil of Crom” demonstrates what the organ is capable of bringing to the music of the score, while at the same time making evident that portions of the original music that were particularly percussive must be adjusted since the organ is not a percussive instrument. The transcription handles this particularly well by giving us notes in the bass that substitute for the drum beats and force present in the film. The organ also serves as a gentle messenger in track 7 “Theology/Civilization”, conveying wonder and positive feeling sequences of notes that are pleasing to both the ear and the reminiscing mind of the listener. Track 13 “The Orgy” was a highlight for me, though, with Mr. Pelster playing the delightful waltz rhythm with a sense of joy and playfulness that was infectious.
All in all, the music on the disc speaks for itself. It is obvious that Mr. Pelster was having a great time bringing this project to fruition, and you can hear it in his performance. If you fondly remember the music to “Conan the Barbarian” and appreciate the majesty that an organ can bring, then you should enjoy this CD very much. Recommended!