Aleksandr Dovzhenko's classic silent film of life and death in a Ukrainian village amid the struggles of collectivisation is considered a poetic masterpiece of Soviet cinema. Its convenient ideology is overtaken by the epic landscapes and beautifully observed portrayals of family, community and human emotions.
Jan Kopinski's new CD captures the music of his specially commissioned live soundtrack to this remarkable film, intensifying the imagery with an intriguing mix of sadness and hope. At times, gently paced and lingering, the music is intense but always hopeful.
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