Tuomas Kantelinen / Altan Urag

Mongol [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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In "a note from the composer," Tuomas Kantelinen writes that director Sergei Bodrov "wanted to have the sounds of Mongolia very strongly" in the musical score for Mongol, a film about the rise of Genghis Khan, "yet he insisted that the music should be above all film music." By "film music," Bodrov apparently meant traditional Western orchestral music of a quasi-classical nature. Kantelinen resolved this apparently contradictory set of instructions by using several different orchestras, but also by bringing in Altan Urag, "a prominent Mongolian folk rock band," who are credited with composing and performing a number of tracks. The mixture of the traditional regional musical styles with the orchestra starts from the first notes of the opening cue, "Beginning," and from there Altan Urag, with their throat singers rumbling and wailing, and their musicians providing exotic tonalities played on ethnic instruments, alternate with Kantelinen's more conventional strings. As the soundtrack album goes on, more of the orchestra is heard, the better to accompany tracks with titles like "Final Battle, Death by Arrows." At the close, "No Mercy," the Mongolian musicians and the orchestral musicians are even joined by a hard rock ensemble, for a massive, if even more anachronistic, sendoff.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Mongol, film score
1 4:33
2 0:45
Mongol, film score
3 1:17
4 1:07
5 0:50
6 0:53
Mongol, film score
7 2:00
8 1:11
9 2:29
Mongol, film score
10 1:51
11 1:23
12 1:34
Mongol, film score
13 2:28
14 1:51
15 0:41
16 1:11
17 0:41
18 1:05
Mongol, film score
19 1:29
20 0:08
21 1:04
Mongol, film score
22 0:49
23 1:47
24 0:49
25 1:49
26 3:07
Mongol, film score
27 1:01
28 2:14
29 0:35
30 1:21
31 1:55
32 0:58
33 1:36
34 1:55
35 2:54
Work(s)
36 2:44
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