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The Italian Key by Tuomas Kantelinen (Review)

posted Jan 3, 2012, 7:53 PM by Kaya Savas

The Italian Key is a small score from Tuomas Kantelinen; the composer of films like Mongol and Renny Harlin's Mindhunters. With The Italian Key Kantelinen is not only the composer of the film but a producer as well. The score is a somber and romantic score that is heavy on the strings and slowly absorbs the listener into a unique state of mind. The score also incorporates some Italian and other world elements to craft beautiful textures as they are introduced into the soundscape.

People may not know of the Finnish composer, but his career is not that of an amateur. However, The Italian Key is one of those hidden gems that you will need to go searching for. Hopefully this review will entice you to go on the search for it. The music stays on a certain level and I found the score made me feel as if I were sitting in a bathtub enclosed in the world of the narrative. The music scoops you into a bowl (hence the bathtub analogy) where you can marinate in the small but charismatic melodies. The score can be sweepy and romantic while never overdoing it. It has the right amount of finesse and elegance to make the listening enjoyable and enriching. The Italian Key is a score worth checking out.

If you do go on the search for this music you may find it hard to find, and that's because it's not commercially available. It's an unfortunate reality for small productions, but since Kantelinen is a producer on the film he is probably responsible for this promo going out. You can find clips on YouTube and it's definitely worth checking out. Kantelinen also won best music for The Italian Key at the Angel Awards.

*Note: Cover Art used is not official.