Concept album ‘Tár’ will feature Cate Blanchett and Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Fresh off its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, a concept album for Cate Blanchett’s “Tár” is slated for release on October 21. The film bowed to rave reviews and a six-minute standing ovation.

The Focus Features film, which premieres Oct. 7, stars Blanchett as the fictional Lydia Tár, the world-famous gay and sometimes tyrannical bandleader who finds herself in the crosshairs of a perilous #MeToo scandal.

The film is director Todd Field’s first film in 16 years, following the critically acclaimed ‘Little Children’ (2006) and his smash hit ‘In the Bedroom’ (2001).

Set in a world of contemporary classical music, Field brought in composer “Joker” Hildur Guðnadóttir to work on the music for the film.

The concept album is inspired by the film and includes works by Mahler, Elgar, Guðnadóttir and many more. Along with Guðnadóttir, the soundtrack will feature Blanchett conducting a rehearsal of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and the cello work of 20-year-old Sophie Kauer. To prepare for the role, Blanchett spent time working with an orchestra in London.

Guðnadóttir already has an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy. Blanchett is a two-time Oscar winner, which could put the actress on her way to earning a Grammy nomination.

Guðnadóttir cemented her place in Oscar history when she became the fourth woman to win an Oscar for the original score for “Joker.” She has been composing film music for over 20 years. Guðnadóttir released a solo album in 2006, “Mount A”, and scored his feature film debut, “The Bleeding House”, in 2011.

The award-winning composer will receive the Variety Artisan Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Awards later this month.

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