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Album Review

Ronin thrust Czech-Swedish composer Elia David Cmiral into the international spotlight, and with good reason — this sleek, stylish thriller score is a profoundly visceral listening experience, illustrating an expert grasp of pacing and atmosphere. While the bulk of the music employs ominous synthesizers and thunderous bursts of brass, Cmiral creates his beautiful main theme on the Armenian duduk, an unusual but effective choice that immediately establishes Ronin's unique place within the modern thriller canon. And while he ratchets up the tension with surgical precision, the score never errs on the side of bombast — themes like "Thank You" and "Passion" possess a sophistication and complexity all too rare within the action genre.


Born: 1957 in Czech Republic

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Elia Cmiral emerged as one of the most compelling and innovative action composers of his generation via John Frankenheimer's 1998 cult favorite Ronin. Born in Czechoslavakia in 1957, Cmiral was the son of an actress and stage director. After writing his first symphony at age 11, he composed his first theatrical score for his father's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. After fleeing his Communist-controlled homeland for Sweden in 1980, Cmiral studied electronic music in Stockholm, eventually winning...
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