Olexandr Ignatov is a Ukrainian composer, arranger, producer and multi instrumentalist, playing keyboards and piano. He has released music as a solo artist before including his 2012 debut album, Prime 1. This album is comprised of classical instrumentals, comparable to film music composers like John Williams, Thomas Newman, David Arnold and Hans Zimmer.
Forgotten Reality consists of sixteen pieces, starting strongly with the opening Adventure To Go. Strident strings combine with powerful horn lines and bombastic percussion to create a cinematic soundscape of stately grandeur. The orchestral rendition is so convincingly performed and programmed that the average listener will think the piece has been performed by a real orchestra.
The title track also makes a strong impact, with an insistent four note rising motif doubled in high (violins,violas) and low (cellos, basses) strings, portentous low end piano setting the tone. The music then explodes in a firework display of combined themes and harp glissandos, the music building in emotional force and tension. It’s as good as anything you’ll hear in the cinema.
Can’t Stop The Sunrise is a contrast, based around a simple but effective lilting piano melody. Here the music is more restrained and subtle, gradually building in complexity. Land Of The Lost is a return to the highly dramatic style of the first two tracks while Truth Will Triumph is a moving piece with a haunting melody that follows an intro of solemn chords. The final section is simply euphoric.
Immortal is one of the most exciting pieces, swirling strings creating a fierce momentum and some superb percussion heightening the effect. The following Extroverted has a similar style but is lighter in tone, perfect music for a flying scene in a film. Blue Ice showcases his gift for writing memorable melodies, with perhaps the most beautiful one on the album on this piano-led piece.
Shock Therapy is brief at less than eighty seconds long but it’s perhaps the most futuristic and dramatic sounding piece here, with morphing synths and ‘edge of your seat’ tension. Unstoppable Time is a title perfectly in sync with the music, which has a fine, flowing momentum like time itself, based on a rising melodic figure.
A Bomb Will Go Off is in the vein of Shock Theory, a brooding minimalistic piece of intense musical drama full of ominous drones and percussive hammer-blows. Infinite Survival is a first rate piece of composing, with an understated and serene melody that has a majestic quality, the arrangement unfolding and growing perfectly.
Rising From The Ashes is one of the more poignant pieces, sparse piano setting an evocative mood, alternated with sections featuring tribal-esque percussion. Together We Are A Force is by contrast one of the most inspiring, with a cascade of uplifting string patterns creating an epic sonic tapestry.
Golden Age takes this concept even further with octave spanning arpeggios on strings counterpointed by a noble horn theme. The final piece Battle Is Over is a fitting way to finish, another emotive and moving melody which is beautifully orchestrated and completes the musical journey.
Overall, this is a superb collection of piano and orchestral instrumentals by a truly gifted composer with a strong facility for melody and an excellent compositional technique. Across the duration of the album he shows his skill, range and invention to great effect, aided by the very high standard of the production. It stands alone in its own right as music of great quality but you can easily imagine these pieces appearing in films. Indeed, Olexandr Ignatov may well become a famous film composer in the future.
VERDICT: 9 out of 10
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