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Soundtrack review: War and peace (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek – 2007)

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Soundtrack review: War and peace (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek – 2007)



“War and peace” the epic Tolstoy novel, got a lot of screen adaptations. Jan A.P. Kaczmarek wrote the score for the 2007 French-Italian-German miniseries. I was very curious about this one, because a good, proper score for such a story could come in handy when I want to reread parts from the novel. It could enhance the reading experience. As the book itself, the score is massive, almost 80 minutes long, and includes a few cues longer than 6 minutes.

The main theme “War & peace” sounds like an epic choral theme from movies about heroes. I like it. “Napoleon is coming” warmed me up I because it made me think of James Horner’s “Braveheart”, a score which has a very special place in my heart. The theme for the Rostovs is a wonderful dance of notes.

The entire score made me feel as if I was in those times, in Russian castles or ball rooms, living in the story. The war cues are not aggressive they are just slightly more serious and alert than the love cues. The music is sweeping and deep, and the score doesn’t feel as long as it is. You get immersed and lost in the beautiful sounds and there’s no need to get out from under that spell. The middle cue of the score, “Death”, is among my favorites. It has everything I want in a dramatic cue. “Masha Bolkonsky” is another highlight, a beautiful and emotional cue.

“War and peace” is a beautiful composition which will definitely enhance the reading experience of the novel. I don’t care if the movie adaptation it was composed for is good or not. For me, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s score will serve another purpose. It will be the score for one of my favorite novels…

Cue rating: 76 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 37 / 78

Album excellence: 48%



War & Peace

Napoleon Is Coming


Andrey and Liza

The Grand Ball


Sonya and Natasha

Masha Bolkonsky


Rostovs Return to Moscow

Natasha and Pierre


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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