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Title - 'Chernobyl' (Music From The HBO Mini-Series)
Artist - Hildur Guðnadóttir

For those not in the know, although I'm pretty sure you have most all heard her music on TV and in film at one time or another, Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic musician and composer.

A classically trained cellist, she has played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Múm and Stórsveit Nix Noltes, and has also toured with Animal Collective and Sunn O))).

In 2006, she released a solo album under the name Lost In Hildurness, Mount A, on which she attempted to "... involve other people as little as I could."

It was recorded in New York City and Hólar in the north of Iceland and 2009 saw the release of her second solo album, Without Sinking, on the UK-based audio-visual label, Touch.

As well as the cello, Hildur also sings and arranges choral music, once arranging a choir for performances by Throbbing Gristle in Austria and London.

As a composer she has written a score for the play Sumardagur ("Summer Day") performed at Iceland's National Theatre. She has also written the score for the Danish film Kapringen (2012), Garth Davis' 2018 film Mary Magdalene (in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson), Stefano Sollima's Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), and the 2019 Chernobyl mini-series.

And it is there that we touch today as Chernobyl (Music From The HBO Mini-Series) has just been released on CD via Deutsche Grammophon this past August 23rd, 2019.

1. 'The Door' (2:43)
2. 'Bridge Of Death' (4:44)
3. 'Turbine Hall' (2:36)
4. 'Vichnaya Pamyat' (Homin Lviv Municipal Choir) (4:07)
5. 'Pump Room' (3:43)
6. 'Clean Up' (1:41)
7. 'Dealing With Destruction' (1:54)
8. 'Waiting For The Engineer' (1:31)
9. 'Gallery' (2:23)
10. '12 Hours Before' (2:31)
11. 'Corridors' (3:13)
12. 'Líður (Chernobyl Version)' (2:48)
13. 'Evacuation' (4:44)

This near 40 minute musical accompaniment to the heavily-lauded HBO show - which brings to us a story set in April 1986, where an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes - begins with 'The Door,' a building, throbbing work that bleeds seamlessly into the caustic 'Bridge of Death.'

Haunting tracks such as 'Turbine Hall,' and the ethereal 'Vichnaya Pamyat' (Homin Lviv Municipal Choir), and both the intense trio of 'Pump Room,' 'Clean Up' and 'Dealing With Destruction' are beautifully sculptured, and are backed by the frenetic pairing of 'Waiting for the Engineer' and 'Gallery.'

The calmer '12 Hours Before' is a work of ambient art, and is followed by the reverberating essence of 'Corridors,' with the soundtrack coming to a close with the stoic 'Líður (Chernobyl Version),' and then finally the building heartbeat found within 'Evacuation.'

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