Russian All The Way!!! by Thomas Kiefner (August 19, 2002)
When I went to the theater to see the film, I had little if any expectations. The reviews had not been good, but being a fan of Harrision Ford, I went anyway. Not only did I enjoy the film, but I heard an incredible soundtrack. This is not the average soundtrack that you normally here. It is 100% Russian classical in nature, but yet it still has the flavor of Hollywood mixed in. I am sure that Klaus knows and understands very well, the 20th century Russian composers because he hit the nail on the head, driving it in with one swing!!! It is ominous and dark because that is what the film's story is about. The recording was performed by who else but the outstanding Kirov Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
A strong word of caution. You must listen to this recording a few times before you get the true flavor and feeling of the recording. My first listen is not how I feel about it now. The first time I listened I thought they just put a bunch of tracks on the CD and put it out for sale. The Suite For Orchestra and Chorus in G Minor is a work that can stand on its own and be performed by any symphony orchestra in the world.