The Russian Stuff
Review by Steven Sharratt
Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, was the first human in space when he orbited the Earth on 12 April 1961, effectively winning the first round of the space race for the Soviet Union. While the USA's side of the space race has been well accounted for in Hollywood, the Soviet-side has seen considerably less dramatic-representation. It should be noted that Hollywood's presentation of the space race has yielded some pretty impressive movie scores such as: THE RIGHT STUFF (Bill Conti), and APOLLO 13 (James Horner). If such dramatic treatment was given to a slice of the Russian space program, we'd expect there to be plenty of opportunity for equally compelling musical expression. Thanks to MovieScore Media's recent release: GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE, we finally afforded such an opportunity.