By Nurettin Mert Aydin
Woman In Gold is a collaboration between Martin Phipps and Hans Zimmer, and the score sounds quite dreary and melodramatic (as expected for the type of film it scores) with most of the tracks in minor scale with emphasised piano patterns. An astounding approach, it deserves kudos. The tracks composed by Phipps contain minimal synthetic elements, hitting layers similar to Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross on The Social Network whereas those composed by Zimmer sound purely analogue. It’s really an atmospheric banquet and both composers’ work mixes well.
Zimmer takes a different approach this time compared to his previous work, especially after his score for Interstellar. Personally, I’ve never heard this level of sadness in Zimmer’s previous compositions, so be prepared. Woman In Gold deserves a lot of attention and I can easily add it to my collection somewhere between Wojciech Kilar’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the aforementioned The Social Network. Highly recommended, especially on vinyl.
Woman In Gold is out now from Sony Classical.