Clint Mansell’s soundtrack to the 2010 Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan is a remarkable thing, taking key elements of Tchaikovsky’s original Swan Lake and recontextualising them, just as the film does. Familiar themes rise and fall, surrounded by more modern orchestral drama. Double gatefold LP on heavyweight vinyl, out on Mondo.
8/10 Jack Customer review, 28th June 2017
For Black Swan don't expect something similar to Mansell's previous scores. With Black Swan Mansell had to step back and take himself out of the score slightly to adopt the music of Tchaikovsky. Swan Lake was a huge part of the story (for obvious reasons) and Tchaikovsky's masterful music to that ballet had to be part of it in some way. So what Mansell has done is infused Swan Lake into his score. I guess you can look at it by saying the "Black" in the score is Mansell and the "Swan" is Tchaikovsky.
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