Cliff Eidelman's debut feature film score Magdalene introduces a composer of uncommon craft and ambition. Rooted in the traditions of Mozart, whose Requiem Mass is quoted at several different moments, the music boasts a vast symphonic and choral sound of immense power. Truth be told, Eidelman's melodies are a little too liberal in borrowing from classical sources, but there's still little doubting the imagination at work here. While piano and woodwinds delineate the score's romantic passages, its themes of revolution erupt with the full force of the 120-piece Munich Symphony Orchestra, creating a visceral intensity the composer would rarely achieve again in the years to follow.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny