Sony Music To Release Original Soundtrack Of The Epic Television Series Vikings, Featuring Score By Emmy-Winning Composer Trevor Morris And Theme Song By Fever Ray Soundtrack Available Digitally and as Manufacture on Demand CD July 2, 2013

NEW YORK, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Music is pleased to announce the release of the original soundtrack of the acclaimed epic television series Vikings, featuring music by Emmy-winning composer Trevor Morris and the main theme song, "If I Had a Heart" by Fever Ray.  The soundtrack is available digitally and as manufacture on demand CD on July 2, 2013.

The Vikings soundtrack features 37 score cues composed by Morris, recorded at Trevor Morris Studios in 2013.

The theme song "If I Had a Heart," written and performed by the Swedish female vocalist Fever Ray, is a perfect complement to the score thanks to its insistent, echoing rhythm and an opening of dark, whispered tones that lead to a high lament at the conclusion. The song was first released in 2008 as the lead single from her debut solo album Fever Ray. In combination with the compositions by Morris, it makes for a varied and imaginative soundtrack, which will be of interest to a wide (broad) audience.

Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis FimmelThe BeastBaytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling  man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel ByrneIn TreatmentUsual SuspectsMillers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

Joining Fimmel and Byrne are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar's wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson's beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England, Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar's impulsive, wild, care-free brother and Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships.

The action, suspense and emotional range of the series give Morris a wealth of material to work with. Morris is a Canadian orchestral composer and creator of electronic music who has the finest credentials for writing TV soundtracks, above all historical dramas such as Vikings. He is best known for the soundtracks for the television shows The Borgias, The Tudors, and The Pillars of the Earth.  His work on these projects earned him multiple Emmy and Gemini Nominations and Awards, including two Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for The Tudors and The Borgias.  He was also nominated for 2 more Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for The Borgias, and one for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for The Pillars of the Earth.  His recent feature film projects include the score for Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and Immortals (2011).

A vital element of the series is atmosphere, to which Morris's score makes a decisive contribution. Brooding and sombre themes evoke the darkness and mystery of the Viking world, pounding percussion and blaring brass its violence. However, the composition conveys much more than blood and thunder. Yearning passages for the string section underline romantic episodes and the mourning of victims of the plague. Shimmering, unearthly orchestral sounds accompany pagan rites and the drama of human sacrifice, while folk pipes are in evidence for the domestic and light-hearted scenes.

Tracklisting



  1. If I Had A Heart – Fever Ray
  2. Battle Field
  3. The Eye of Odin
  4. Of Fathers and Sons
  5. Journey to Kattegat
  6. Northern Lights / Entry to Kattegat
  7. The Sunstone
  8. You Shall not enter Valhalla
  9. Meeting Floki
  10. Ragnar's Sail
  11. Ragnar Recruits
  12. Seduction
  13. Vikings Set Sail
  14. North Sea Storm
  15. Madness Takes Hold
  16. Vikings Reach Land
  17. Vikings Attack Village
  18. Floki's Fire
  19. Vikings Sail Home
  20. Vikings in Hexham
  21. Mano e Mano
  22. Battle on the Beach
  23. Athelstan asks for Freedom
  24. Ragnar Challenges the Earl
  25. Making a Deal
  26. Earl Accepts the Challenge
  27. Ragnar Fights the Earl
  28. Sending the Earl to Valhalla
  29. Ragnar Takes the Throne
  30. The Angel of Death
  31. Lagertha Oversees Dispute
  32. Vikings Attack
  33. Rollo is Baptised
  34. Rollo Left Behind
  35. Ragnar Meets the Naked Woman
  36. The Ash Tree
  37. Aslaug is with Child
  38. An Uncertain World

About Vikings

Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O'Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The TudorsThe Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias).

VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S.  MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.

 

 

SOURCE Sony Music



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