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14th Anniversary Special

 

Film Music Review began as an online e-zine with Volume 1, Number 1 on 8 July 1998.

In that first issue there were 6 scores and 4 compilations reviewed, with the highest ratings going to Max Steiner's KING KONG (Marco Polo CD) and John Williams CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Arista CD). Unfortunately, due to a computer malfunction, these early reviews were lost.

These are some of the comments received after the first few issues in 1998:

  • "Clearly you have a long view of this art form - and that is good!" -- Bob Bowd
  • "I was very impressed when viewing your site...I appreciate your taste in film music" -- Matthew Gear
  • "Enjoyed your web site - nice job and very informative"--
    Randall D. Larson
    , Editor, Soundtrack Magazine
  • "I want to congratulate you on your new site - for me it's one of the best review sites on the net (or in print) simply because it gets to the 'meat' of the story without all the fluff and nasty personal grudge stuff that seems to be standard at some other sites" -- Mark Northam, Publisher, Film Music Magazine
  • "Excellent site - straightforward, no nonsense and to the point. Every film music buff should visit it." -- David Wishart, the late prolific CD producer and writer

Now one of the longest-running e-zines of its kind, Film Music Review has grown to an impressive size with over 1,000 Book, CD, and DVD reviews.

Volumes 1- 7 of Film Music Review are no longer available online but the CD reviews are included in folders on a multimedia DVD-R with a book, music examples and video program. The DVD-R is titled,

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

 

 

If you enjoy music from older films, this DVD is highly recommended. It includes music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, David Raksin, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Franz Waxman.

 

Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound

 

 

 

 

A Special Limited Edition DVD
For the Herrmann Centennial (1911-2011)

Film Music Master:
A Tribute To Bernard Herrmann


Film Music Review - 14th Anniversary

July 2012A Note of

Putting together an online e-zine is not an easy task and usually goes unheralded. It takes many hours to write the article or review, add graphics, edit the information, and then publicize it online to film music readers.

Other film music sites also spend considerable time in their preparation and are deserving of support. I salute these sites. Also, I praise the restoration and preservation CD companies, like Film Score Monthly, Intrada, Monstrous Movie Music, Tadlow, Tribute Film Classics, and Varese Sarabande, which have all received Sammy Awards over the years.

Some film music fans have very narrow interests and seem to think if a critic disagrees with their favorite soundtrack or composer, he or she is treated as if they are an idiot. I strongly disagree with this view and also the nasty accusations that flame across cyberspace by anonymous fans who haven't learned how to behave. Every person is entitled to his or her opinion but they should treat others with respect -- yes, even film music critics. Disagreement is fine. Personal attack is not.

I'm especially pleased to express my gratitude to my fellow FMR critics, Steve Kennedy and Steve Vertlieb, for their articles and film music reviews. Both of them have greatly helped to make FMR a more interesting and diverse online e-zine.

Each year, I try to select a theme which is appropriate to the anniversary.

This year, Steve Vertlieb has written a fond personal remembrance of his friend, the revered fantasy writer, Ray Bradbury, with mentions of several film composers. At the end of Steve's remembrance I have added a retro CD review of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, based on one of Bradbury's best known books.

Also included in the 14th anniversary special are NOW SHOWING lists of favorite recordings of soundtracks and compilations by Steve Kennedy and myself for 14 years between 1998 and 2011.

So, I invite you to read these items and hope you will keep checking our latest updates and reviews in Film Music Review and the latest issue is
here.


Happy reading and listening!

Roger L. Hall
Managing Editor
Film Music Review
July 2012

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I SING BRADBURY ELECTRIC:
A LOVING, PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE

By Steve Vertlieb

 

 

 

Favorite Soundtracks and Compilations
(1998 - 2011)

by Steve Kennedy

Happy Anniversary to Film Music Review! 

It is truly hard to believe that the webzine has been going strong for this long.  So much has happened in the music world over that period as we went from CD to downloadable music!  We have seen many brick and mortar music stores disappear while a seemingly growing market for CDs continues in limited edition releases in specialty retailers.  In the past few years, it is equally odd to think of 1990s scores being re-issues in expanded packages.  All of the STAR TREK film scores (even Rosenman’s for STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME) have found a new life in complete releases. 

It has been a real privilege to be a part of FMR.  And in this world of on-line connections, one of my great honors was being able to meet Roger and his wife when I lived briefly in New Hampshire.  I think both our spouses shuddered to think that rather than being able to unload some of our CDs, we would simply exchange what we did not like with each other!  We unfortunately relocated shortly thereafter and missed an opportunity to grow what has mostly been a great on-line friendship these past few years.

In order to celebrate, I have listed one Vintage score and one compilation for the 14 years encompassing 1998-2011.  My choices are made based on what still finds its way to my CD player—a true test I think of how good a release is ultimately. 

Enjoy and perhaps revisit some of this great music!

Vintage Scores

1998

--???

1999

--CITIZEN KANE - Bernard Herrmann (Varese Sarabande)

2000

--OBJECTIVE , BURMA ! – Franz Waxman (Marco Polo)

2001

--HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE - Cyril Mockridge
(Film Score Monthly)

2002

--36 HOURS - Dimitri Tiomkin (Film Score Monthly)

2003

--The ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
(Marco Polo)

2004

--BORN FREE– John Barry (Film Score Monthly)

2005

--HUSH, HUSH…SWEET CHARLOTTE – Frank DeVol (Intrada)

2006

--BELL , BOOK AND CANDLE/1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS – George Duning (Film Score Monthly)

2007

--THE WIND AND THE LION – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada)

2008

--THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL -- Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada)

2009

--EXODUS – Ernest Gold (Silva)

2010

--SPARTACUS – Alex North ( Varese Sarabande)

2011

--THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION/ KINGS GO FORTH–
George Antheil/Elmer Bernstein (Kritzerland)

 

 

Compilations

1998

--???

1999

--CINEMA SERENADE 2 - THE GOLDEN AGE (Sony)

2000

--CINEMA CONCERTO - ENNIO MORRICONE AT SANTA CECILIA
(Sony Classical)

2001

--THE FILM MUSIC OF JERRY GOLDSMITH (Telarc)

2002

--PREVIN CONDUCTS KORNGOLD - THE SEA HAWK, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER(Deutsche Grammophon)

2003

--EPICS – ERICH KUNZEL/CINCINATTI POPS (Telarc)

2004

--YO-YO MA PLAYS ENNIO MORRICONE (Sony)

2005

--EPICS: THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOLLYWOOD (Silva Screen)

2006

--GREAT FILM FANTASIES – Erich Kunzel/Cincinatti Pops (Telarc)

2007

--THE FILM MUSIC OF JOHN ADDISON (Chandos)

2008

--VINTAGE CINEMA – Erich Kunzel/Cincinatti Pops (Telarc)

2009

--YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS TOO: CLASSIC FILM MUSIC ARRANGED FOR GUITAR – GOLD, NEWMAN, KORNGOLD, ROZSA, HERRMANN, MORLEY, TIOMKIN (BSX Records)

2010

--THE HOLLYWOOD FLUTE OF LOUISE DITULLIO – Various composers
(Cambria)

2011

--THE MUSIC OF MICHEL LEGRAND – Michel Legrand (Silva)

 

 

Favorite Soundtracks and Compilations
(1998 - 2011)

By Roger Hall

While it is very difficult to select only one soundtrack and one compilation of music with more than one score for each year, I have chosen them after careful consideration of those I especially admire for their production and of course for the music itself on the CD.

What follows are my choices for each year...

 

1998:

Starting off the first year with the first great Hollywood motion picture score The CD booklet contains cue notes by Ray Faiola and tributes to Max Steiner's monumental score by Louise Steiner Elian, James D'Arc, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Danny Elfman, David Allen, John Morgan and William T. Stromberg:


Score: KING KONG - music by Max Steiner (Marco Polo CD)

 

Also this first year there was a terrific compilation of music by one of the most underrated yet prolific film composers, Victor Young, with themes and suites from THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, THE UNIVITED, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, and BRIGHT LEAF:

Young: Uninvited (The) / Gulliver' S Travels

Compilation: THE CLASSIC FILM SCORES OF VICTOR YOUNG (Marco Polo CD)

 


1999:


THE SONG OF BERNADETTE - music by Alfred Newman (Varese Sarabande, 2 CDs)



MIKLOS ROZSA AT M-G-M (Rhino 2 CD set)


2000:

THE EGYPTIAN - music by Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann (Marco Polo)



Roy Webb: CAT PEOPLE - Classic Music for the Val Lewton Films (Marco Polo)


2001:


CLEOPATRA - music by Alex North (Varese Sarabande 2 CDs)

CELLULOID COPLAND - World Premiere Film Music (Telarc CD
)
   

2002:



FAR FROM HEAVEN - music by Elmer Bernstein (Varese Sarabande CD)

Max Steiner: The RKO Years, 1929-1936 (BYU FMA, 3 CD box set)



2003:



THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
(Marco Polo CD)


Varese Sarabande - A 25th Anniversary Celebration (4 CD box set)

 

2004:



THE VILLAGE - music by James Newton Howard

THE ALAMO: Dimitri Tiomkin - The Essential Film Music Collection
(Silva Screen, 4 CD box set)

2005:



LADIES IN LAVENDER - music by Nigel Hess (Sony Classical)

Three Choral Suites by Miklos Rozsa: BEN-HUR, QUO VADIS,
KING OF KINGS (Telarc CD)

 

2006:



NOTES ON A SCANDAL - music by Phillip Glass (Rounder CD)

ELMER BERNSTEIN'S FILM MUSIC COLLECTION
(Film Score Monthly, 12 CD box set)

2007:

FAHRENHEIT 451 -- music by Bernard Herrmann (Tribute Film Classics)

Miklós Rózsa: A Centenary Celebration (Varese Sarabande, 3 CD box set)

2008:



HIGH NOON -- music by Dimitri Tiomkin (Screen Archives Entertainment)

THE FILM MUSIC OF THOMAS NEWMAN (Silva Screen)

 

2009:

 

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE - music by Max Steiner
(Tribute Film Classics, 2 CDs)

A JOHNNY MANDEL TRIO Film Score Monthly, 3 CD Box Set)


2010:



SPARTACUS - music by Alex North (Varese Sarabande, 6 CD/1 DVD Box Set)



The Hollywood Flute of Louise DiTullio (Cambria CD)

2011:

WAR HORSE - music by John Williams (Sony Classical CD)

20th CENTURY FOX: 75 YEARS OF GREAT FILM MUSIC
(Varese Sarabande, 3 CD Box Set)

 

 

You are invited to read the list of reviews from 1998 to 2010 at

Film Music Review Index

 


 

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Previous FMR Anniversaries

 

You can read previous anniversary tributes at these links:

13th Anniversary Special: Thirteen Favorite Film Composers and Scores

12th Anniversary Special: Twelve Motion Pictures Themes and Songs

11th Anniversary Special: Eleven Favorite Film Scores

10th Anniversary Special: Ten Favorite Film Scores

9th Anniversary Special: Nine Favorite Film Scores

8th Anniversary Special: Two Film Music Essays

 


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