Music for the Nordic Gods

August 1, 2019

Ron Goodwin’s Final Score, Animated Fantasy VALHALLA, Given Deluxe Soundtrack Treatment on CD

In December 1985 composer Ron Goodwin attended his very last film scoring session. It was at Easy Sound Studio in Copenhagen, and the score being recorded was for an ambitious Danish animated adventure fantasy called VALHALLA, based on Peter Madsen’s comics of the same name.

At the time of its release in 1986, VALHALLA  had become the most expensive film in Danish film history, and the four years of production had taken their toll on the many devoted crew members, who had worked tirelessly to see the film come to life. Now, some 30 years later, the film remains a classic in Denmark, and part of the reason for its continued success is due to the wonderful symphonic score by legendary English composer Ron Goodwin (VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS [1963], OPERATION CROSSBOW, WHERE EAGLES DARE, Hitchcock’s FRENZY, Disney’s ONE OF OUR DINOSAURS IS MISSING).

Originally, Danish composers Bent Hesselmann and Jussi Adler Olsen (now a famous author) were assigned with scoring the film. Part of their music was incorporated into the final score by Ron Goodwin, and their original contribution to the film’s ten-minute pilot receives a world premiere release on this album.

After VALHALLA, Ron Goodwin gave up film scoring, and focused on conducting instead. He remained active until the days before his death in January, 2003.

PlantSounds are extremely proud to present this Anniversary Edition of the music from VALHALLA.  The album is now available for pre-order; shipping is expected to commence on August 26th, with the album also available on streaming sources beginning on September 1st.

  • The package includes:
  • The score, as presented on earlier releases by Replay and Label X, but remastered by Audioplanet for this release.
  • Never before heard demos for Valhalla by Ron Goodwin (exclusive to the CD).
  • World premiere release of music from VALHALLA’s 10- minute pilot, composed by Bent Hesselman and Jussi Adler Olsen. (exclusive to the CD).
  • A 16 page booklet containing an in depth look at Valhalla, and its music, written by Brian Iskov.

Pre-order now to qualify for a €2.50 discount.

Amongst all pre-orders, the label will select 20 orders at random to receive a signed album by Peter Madsen.

View tracklist, see further details, sample some tracks, and pre-order here.

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