“When we decided we wanted to record our favorite movie soundtracks ‘Moon River’ was high on our list,” said Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. “Henry Mancini’s composition has a timeless quality and beautiful melody. We wanted to capture that with our arrangement for the cello. We enjoyed playing with intimacy and passion, and the soaring strings of the London Symphony Orchestra were the perfect accompaniment for this most romantic of tunes. We filmed our video in the beautiful city Dubrovnik to reflect those qualities.”
SCORE brings 2CELLOS’ game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television. Score will be supported by a world tour, kicking off with its U.S. leg this summer. The first single from the album was the Game of Thrones theme song, which garnered over 4 million views on YouTube.
An international sensation since their unique video version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011, the Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have created three high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks. Score finds them exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here – to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity – is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Sulic and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).
The album opens with an arrangement of Ramin Djawadi’s melodies that score Game of Thrones, culminating in the bold Main Title theme, in which the stirring sound of cellos announces each of what may be the most eagerly awaited episodes in contemporary television.
Themes that drove some of the biggest epics in movie history are also featured in fresh new treatments – favorite Oscar-winning themes from James Horner’s score for Titanic (“My Heart Will Go On”), John Williams’ score for Schindler’s List and Vangelis’s score for Chariots of Fire, as well as “For the Love of a Princess” from Braveheart (also by Horner); “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (introduced in the film by Enya); and the inspiring “Now We Are Free” from Gladiator, by the film’s composer Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Badelt.
The vocal beauty of the cello’s sound is a perfect match for a brace of romantic themes. They include Ennio Morricone’s beautiful themes for Cinema Paradiso and Malena; Nino Rota’s love theme for The Godfather; Francis Lai’s Oscar-winning theme from Love Story; Hans Zimmer’s theme from Rain Man; and Stanley Myers’ haunting “Cavatina” heard in The Deer Hunter.
2CELLOS have forged a signature style that breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. As impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, Sulic and Hauser know no limits when it comes to performing live. They have sold out shows around the globe and also performed with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.
2CELLOS were the first instrumentalists to be featured on Glee. They have also appeared multiple times on The Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in addition to The Tonight Show, The Bachelor Live Wedding Special among others. Their self-titled debut album, IN2ITION and Celloverse are available on Sony Music Masterworks.