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Varèse Sarabande presents Calvary
15-May-2014 -

Varèse Sarabande Records will release Calvary - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD May 20, 2014. The soundtrack features the original score by Patrick Cassidy. Calvary won the Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014 and was nominated for a total of six awards at the Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Original Score for Patrick Cassidy.

“I felt it was important to set the right mood with the prologue being so dark, the contrast of the mountain and the beach over the opening is visually dramatic and demanded a big musical statement,” said Cassidy.

Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson as Father James, a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told he is marked for murder during a confession. Set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast comes a darkly comic thriller from writer director John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran and Aidan Gillen.

“I wrote three main themes. The Calvary theme is the leitmotif of Father Lavelle. The Ben Bulben theme I feel is evocative of the landscape. Ben Bulben is the table mountain we see forming the backdrop of many scenes in the film. The mountain is famous in Irish mythology and in the poetry of W.B. Yeats. The third theme Veronica is meant to represent faith and spirituality.” said Cassidy of his treatment of Calvary the score.

Patrick's aria Vide Cor Meum was originally intended as a mini opera for the Ridley Scott film Hannibal. This aria has been presented at both the Oscar® and Emmy Awards® and Vide Cor Meum has appeared in multiple top-ten lists and essential collections throughout the world, including Warner Classics’ CD of the '40 Most Beautiful Arias'. Patrick currently resides in Los Angeles, where in addition to his concert work and compositions, he scores and collaborates on films and documentary projects.
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