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Kian Soltani

Cello Unlimited

Deutsche Grammophon

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1 Up is Down  
2 One Day  
3 Jack Sparrow  
4 Prologue  
5 Minas Tirith  
6 Mordor and Isengard (From  
7 Memories of Rivendell  
8 The Final Battle  
9 Epilogue. Into the West  
10 Intermezzo. A Scene from the Past  
11 Tango  
12 Main Theme  
13 Chevaliers De Sangreal  
14 Love and Death  
15 Cello Unlimited  
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Kian Soltani will never forget his first encounter with Spider-Man. The Austrian-Iranian cellist was just ten when he saw the first of Sam Raimi's epic movies about Peter Parker and his superhuman spider-like powers. He was held spellbound by its visuals and by its soundtrack, the experience sparking a lasting love affair with film. The enormous pleasure and inspiration Soltani takes from the cinema come together in his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, a voyage through movie music like no other. Cello Unlimited, set for international release on 8 October 2021, offers a uniquely personal take on unforgettable themes and epic musical thrills from, among others, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Identity and The Da Vinci Code.

"Everything on this album is made exclusively with the cello," explains the cellist. Soltani recorded every note himself, from soaring solo melodies to infectious percussion sounds, mighty orchestral chords to whistling countermelodies. Having chosen his favourite film scores, he reimagined them for a supersized cello ensemble and played each part by ear. Multitrack recording sessions at Berlin's Emil Berliner Studios, a giant leap from Soltani's early experiments with his iPhone's GarageBand app, enabled him to construct deep layers of sound and uncanny contrasts of tonal light and shade, always by recording without reference to notes on a page. The painstaking creative approach, a genuine labour of love, was emotional and intuitive, rooted in what the cellist described as his immediate "aural impression" of scores conceived for the big screen.

When lockdowns were imposed last year, Soltani's live schedule was transformed overnight from packed to near empty. He returned to his archive of film score arrangements, essentially documents of ideas recorded in the moment, and it occurred to him they contained the makings of a recording project. "I realised it would take a lot of time," he recalls. "But I now had a lot of time! So I thought, why not give it everything? Why not spend all the time I have pursuing a dream I've had for many, many years, to create an album made exclusively from my own arrangements of epic movie scores."

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