Saint Sinner
Clive Barker presents Saint Sinner


La-La Land Records (0826924100325)
Movie | Released: 2002 | Film release: 2002 | Format: CD
Limited edition: 3000 copies
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Benedictus - Main Titles4:09
2.Repository II3:49
3.Agnus Dei/Requiem1:43
4.Attack0:35
5.Tomas' Theme1:41
6.The Repository/Evil Unleased7:31
7.Adagio For The New World1:45
8.First Feast2:39
9.Oratorio Of Doom4:31
10.Too Late!1:30
11.Tomas' Confrontation0:53
12.Dagger Of Nicodemas1:45
13.Waltz Of Demise1:02
14.Rachel's House/The Cocoon1:48
15.Kyrie/Naraka1:47
16.Battle With Munkar3:06
17.Elegy For Tomas3:39
18.Dies Irae (The Return)0:55
19.Saint Sinner Quartet1:36
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Saint Sinner - 07/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
What invariably surprises me about lesser known composers, is how many awards, how many films and television shows they've scored and yet still seem to have fallen well below the radar of even the most keen film music enthusiast. On many occasions, while reading gushing commentaries regarding certain less famous composers, at the same time as listening to their latus opus, I've had to wonder exactly what the writer of these comments was listening to or how they could have won modestly prestigious awards. However, in the case of Christopher Lennertz, a great deal more talent than the average rising film music star is evident in his music. His previous scoring credits are hardly that inspiring, although the list of those he's worked with, ranging from Elmer Bernstein to Michael Kamen to - and perhaps most importantly in the case of Saint Sinner - Christopher Young, is impressive enough.

I seem to decry horror scoring almost every time a new one is released, my complaints usually stemming from an inherent lack of musical acumen in the writing and a disappointment that it isn't even in the same ballpark as Goldsmith's The Omen or Poltergeist or Young's Hellraiser scores. Ok, they are classics, but even though he's written quite a number of horror scores, Young's music is rarely less than listenable and engaging. Fortunately, Lennertz has actually managed to write a horror score to, well, write home about. The approach seems to actually turn the film into drama rather than just hitting every scare with a stinger, the bane of horror music everywhere. The opening track, Benedictus and Main Titles, is a great start, introducing the main theme and justifying the additional expensive of using a choir for the occasion. This isn't an aggressive Goldsmithian choir, but a more creepy yet liturgical one, with not a small hint of plain song and Gregorian Chant, underpinned with a modern orchestral setting.

The use of the Requiem Mass is a recurring motif, although whether the words actually have some deeper meaning when combined with the film, I couldn't say, but they are words that have inspired composers throughout the history of music and seem a good choice whether the meaning is important or not. After the high quality opening gambit, Lennertz doesn't quite always keep the momentum going and there are a couple of suspended high string passages that aren't all that interesting. These are punctuated by quite a bit of good material, particularly Evil Unleashed, which has some effectively thunderous moments, even if it doesn't have quite the cataclysmic dread that the title suggests. The more traditional choral sections are perhaps the most listenable parts, the very liturgical Oratorio of Doom being a fine stand alone piece.

Probably as fine a horror score as you're likely to come across these days and while that perhaps isn't saying much, Saint Sinner has much to recommend it, although in retrospect, it is the less horrific elements that are most memorable. The mixture of the consciously liturgical and modern orchestral horror writing is occasionally uneasy. There isn't really any natural progression from one to the other, so the change can be a little jarring, the result being that the score isn't really more than the sum of its parts. However, with some better assignments, Lennertz will hopefully turn into a composer to watch out for, just as long as he doesn't get stuck in the rut of scoring endless B list horror films. My fingers are crossed.
In 1815 a monk, Tomas Alcala, unwittingly unleashes two female succubi, Munkar and Nakir, upon an unsuspecting 21st century. He is chosen by God to travel through the centuries and stop the demons' rampage. La-La Land Records proudly presents its latest Limited Edition release... the sumptuous, full-blown orchestral score to the World Premiere Sci-Fi Channel Original Feature, 'CLIVE BARKER'S SAINT SINNER', composed by CRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (BRIMSTONE). Recorded in Budapest with a 70-piece orchestra and a 32-memeber choir, this rich, gothic score launches Mr. Lennertz, (who has worked with Basil Poledouris, Chris Young, Buddy Baker and Brian Tyler), as a fresh, major talent in film music. Here, Lennertz has crafted a terrific horror piece that pays homage to such greats as Herrmann, Goldsmith and Elfman. Check out our audio samples and you'll hear what we mean. The extensive LINEAR NOTES feature text by composer CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ, director JOSH BUTLER, and famed writer/creator CLIVE BARKER (HELLRAISER, CANDYMAN). This is a LIMTED EDITION pressing of 3,000 units. Each disc is hand-numbered to ensure only 3,000 exist. Music Composed and Conducted by Christopher Lennertz

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