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Balint Sapszon | Solstice (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Solstice (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Balint Sapszon

"Solstice" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genre: Classical: Film Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nitestar Fanfare
0:28 album only
2. The Gift
1:14 album only
3. The Drive Home
3:04 album only
4. Couch Talk
3:10 album only
5. Ruminations
1:41 album only
6. Snow for Christmas
1:17 album only
7. The Long Walk
2:06 album only
8. Reflections
4:40 album only
9. Reconciliation - End Titles
5:52 album only
10. Budapest Scoring Studio 22
1:06 album only
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Album Notes
Music is so much more important to the emotional impact of a film than most audiences realize. When I first completed "Solstice" in 1992, I had always wanted an orchestral score similar to the temp tracks I had edited the film to. We directors tend to get spoiled seeing our stories play out against the music of composers like David Newman and John Williams but alas, my budget didn’t allow for it. Settling for a synth score I was never fully satisfied with, I accepted the film as it was finished with the limitations at the time.

As the restoration of "Solstice" commenced in 2016 however, it meant I’d also be reconstructing the sound edit using the original reel to reel elements for better audio fidelity. Starting from ground zero meant I could also replace the original synth score, but to whom could I turn that would help make me forget the older soundtrack music I had fallen in love with when I temp tracked my original edit in the 90's?

Bálint Sapszon is a multi-award winning composer and concert pianist born in Budapest. Composing entirely new themes performed by players from the most prestigious Hungarian symphonic orchestras, Bálint helped breath new life into my 25 year old film. We had many discussions on a musical approach that would steer away from scoring it as a traditional Christmas movie. As the film’s title is derived, winter solstice is seasonally the coldest, darkest time of the year. For some, it can be that way on an emotional level. Balancing that against the winter solstice also being a time of celebration and renewal with the onset of holidays would be Bálint’s challenge, and he delivered masterfully.

Brilliantly underscoring the soulful performances of leads Michael Kelley and Mary McCloud, Bálint musically guides Nick's Christmas Eve journey through the chilly streets of Chicago with the lonely heartache and eventual tranquility I always wanted a score to project. When I now think of Solstice, gone are the memories of music written for other films I had once used as temp tracks. I have found a new love in this score Bálint has provided giving the picture its own unique identity exceeding anything other composers could have provided. From the quiet piano melodies to the full, majestic orchestral sweep he has imbued our little story with, I will always be forever grateful.

Jerry Vasilatos, Director
December, 2018



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