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Soundtrack review: Summer song (Andrew Holtzman & Peter Bateman – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: Summer song (Andrew Holtzman & Peter Bateman – 2015)


“Summer song” is a movie about a talented young musician with the opportunity of a lifetime who is torn between obligation to her family and the chance to realize her dream. Saddled with the care of her five siblings as a result of an alcoholic mother a breathtakingly irresponsible father and a terrifyingly misguided preacher of a brother, she falls in love with an aspiring young writer. The score of this drama was written b y a pair of composers I wasn’t familiar with: Andrew Holtzman and Peter Bateman. The music is touted as being just the thing for Rachel Portman and James Horner fans and since I fall in both categories, I expect good things.

It’s impossible not to instantly fall in love with a cue like “Summer song”. The tenderness of the strings, the innocence of the piano and the sweeping wave of romance that blesses the final minute mean this score has me from hello. It makes me think of summer, of joy, of light and of a time when I don’t have a care in the world.

The score continues with an almost waltz like variation. “Dance to a tune” is beautiful and playful. It takes me by the hand into a whirlwind of emotions I’d better try to take it drop by drop. The Cello brings back down this balloon of gorgeous music and the cue is an instant replay. We are in the golden period of this score I guess, where nothing goes wrong. “Summer sailing” is a dream, the kind you will always remember. It’s a permanent bookmark in your memories, the kind that you will only cherish more with the passing of time, the kind you will treasure and put on the pedestal. It will soon transcend from memory to fantasy. Yes, this cue is that beautiful.

You might think that “A shining light emerges” is a little quieter. But pay attention, the key word here is “emerges”. Just wait a minute and you’ll hear… “Summer love” is elegant and sensitive even if it’s light and joyful at times. This is the essence of a summer love of course. The score does a great job of creating moments, memories and you can always go back and choose which one you want to relieve. You can appreciate the chill of “Flashback” where a solo piano and a cello communicate quietly and seriously. The conversation slowly picks up pace before the piano goes silent and the guitar takes its place.

The dramatic moments in “Summer song” are still beautiful and meaningful. The instrumentation is lonelier and more poignant but never pathetic or exaggerated. The music is still soft like silk and the (only) 33 minutes go by as fast as those days you enjoy the most. This score isn’t just for the ones who enjoy Rachel Portman’s music. The two composers whose names I will surely know from now on delivered a sweepingly romantic orchestral score which I will gladly return to. Do yourselves a favor and pick up this release. It’s just beautiful music written from the heart. What more can you ask for?

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 27 / 33

Album excellence: 81%


Summer Song

Dance To A Tune

Summer Sailing

A Shining Light Emerges

Summer Love


Summer Drive

Summer Ends


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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  1. qsering@yahoo.com 1st April 2015

    hi I really like your songs it can make me feel good and remember the past since I was young I really like orchestra because i can feel relax to hear the sounds that so emotional and lovable it can maked me feel in love more and more to the one I love thank you…


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