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Artist
Zdenek Liska
ReleaseProduct
Malá Mořská Víla (The Little Mermaid)
Label
Finders Keepers Records
Catalogue Number
FKR040DL
Release Date
January 31, 2011

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The original orchestral/electronic score from Karel Kachyna’s 1976 Czech film adaptation of Hans C. Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, composed by Zdenek Liska (The Cremator / Fruits of Paradise) featuring Lenka Korinkova.

Liska’s legacy in the history of European cinema is huge in volume but relatively modest in it’s celebrity. Having already composed nine scores for Kachyna’s films to add to his 1976 filmography of 150 completed soundtracks.

Back in 2005, five years before Finders Keepers Records released Zdenek Liška’s soundtrack to Malá morská víla for the first time, folklore and fairy tale fanatics around the globe celebrated the 200 year anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s most celebrated children’s authors of the published era. This Danish born writer’s stories have been translated into over 150 languages and have continued to enchant and inspire children and adults, arts and crafts, film and theatre, providing a creative binding substance in modern society’s social fibre. With a life story that entwines equal measures of tragedy, mystery, intensity and majesty to that of his own written work, Hans Christian Andersen’s early years balancing contradictory roles as a weaver’s apprentice, a soprano singer, a fledgling poet and an abused grammar school pupil with speculative links to the monarchy, manifested themselves in his written world of fantasy and fiction. His running themes of mutation, metamorphosis, rebirth, prejudice and class distinction are none more prevalent than in what are perhaps his two best known tales The Ugly Duckling, first published 11th November 1843, and the bittersweet surrealist tale of The Little Mermaid, printed in the third booklet of the first volume of Eventyr, Fortalte For Børn (Tales, Told For Children) in 1837.

One of the most idiosyncratic and haunting undiscovered scores in the annals of European cinematic history, Liska’s forward thinking score has all the hallmarks of a Broadcast record, some 20 years before the band first committed sound to vinyl..

Beautifully remastered from the original master tapes with the full cooperation of the seminal Barrandov studios in Prague.

Available for the first time since being originally pressed in 2011 as part of the ongoing Finders Keepers’ 15th anniversary retrospective. Much like the previous Finders Keepers firsts (Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders and Ikarie XB-1) this soundtrack remains another Finders Keepers first. Released alongside another Czech New Wave and long out of print masterpiece Daisies (Sedmikrásky)(FKR013PX)

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Malá Morská Víla 4:02 Buy

    Malá Morská Víla

  2. 2 Witches Firewall 1:28 Buy

    Witches Firewall

  3. 3 Pearls From The Deep 2:46 Buy

    Pearls From The Deep

  4. 4 King Of The Ocean 3:37 Buy

    King Of The Ocean

  5. 5 The Pendant / The Little Mermaid (Theme) 2:20 Buy

    The Pendant / The Little Mermaid (Theme)

  6. 6 The Song Of The Siren (Theme) 1:19 Buy

    The Song Of The Siren (Theme)

  7. 7 The Sixth Sister 3:11 Buy

    The Sixth Sister

  8. 8 Statue Of Salt One 1:38 Buy

    Statue Of Salt One

  9. 9 Aquatic Babicka (Theme) 1:22 Buy

    Aquatic Babicka (Theme)

  10. 10 In Safe Hands 0:47 Buy
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