Silva Screen Records has announced a soundtrack album for the adventure movie The Eagle. The album includes Atli Orvarsson’s original score for the film starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. The soundtrack will be released on February 22, 2011. The movie directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) takes place in Roman-ruled Britain, where a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem. The Eagle is opening in theaters today. To find out more about the movie, visit the official movie webpage and watch the trailer below.

For a recent interview with Orvarsson, where he briefly talks about his score for The Eagle, visit Scorenotes. Also check out this statement from the soundtrack announcement press release, where he talks about working with director Kevin Macdonald:

“Handmade and authentic. These became the key words in my conversations with director Kevin Macdonald as we started working on the music for The Eagle. With a background in documentary film making, he had a deep desire for the music to feel “real and true” to the period and geography of the film… in Kevin I had the perfect collaborator who constantly encouraged me to seek out the unknown and challenged my “musical comfort zone.” From recording Ram’s horns, carnyx and stone whistles in an Edinburgh church, to finding the deeply talented Neff brothers on Myspace, to discovering the hauntingly beautiful Persian Kamancheh … In the end I had the privilege to weave all these elements, along with my themes and an orchestra, into the tapestry that is this score.”

Here’s the album tracklisting:

1. Testudo
2. Highlands
3. The Return Of The Eagle
4. The Ninth Legion
5. North of the Wall
6. Honourable Discharge
7. Out Swords!
8. May Your Souls Take Flight
9. The Seal People
10. Searching
11. Barbarians
12. I Will Return
13. Better Angry Than Dead
14. Eagle Lost, Honour Lost
15. Fleeing The Village
16. Edge of the World
17. Esca’s Freedom
18. Beyond The Territories

  1. James Meyer says:

    I was fascinated by the movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Gaelic speaking, though it sounded like Scottish gaelic. My gaelic is Irish, but I understood most of the wording. It is not often, I hear something like this here in Canada. The music had a brilliant feel to it all through the movie, and especially in the end as well. I should like to get my hands on the CD with that music on it.
    Mile glor chughat ag chur picturi mar seo ar adhaidh.