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Volume 9

Number 1 (January - February 2007)


Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy


This e-zine is focused on reviews of vintage soundtracks and compilations, but some new soundtracks are also reviewed.

Here is the FMR rating system:

**** (Superlative - Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 (Outstanding - Recommended)

*** (Good - Okay)

**1/2 (Fair - Nothing Special)

** (Mediocre - Barely Passable)

* (Poor - Save Your Money)

 

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during the month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

If you have any comments or questions, send them to

Film Music Review


CD Reviews (January - February 2007)


Editor's Choice -- Best of the Month for January

 

 

Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection

12 CD Box Set with music by Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, Alex North, Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

Editor's Choice -- Best of the Month for February

Around the World in 80 Days (Expanded Edition)

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Music by Victor Young

 

 

 


These CDs have received Special Merit:

 

NOTES ON A SCANDAL

Music by Philip Glass

 

 

THE PAINTED VEIL

Music by Alexandre Desplat

 

 


Other Reviews:

THE A-TEAM (TV Score) -- music by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY -- music by Alex North

Cinemusic: The Film Music of Chuck Cirino

THE HINDENBURG -- music by David Shire

Music from the films of Jacques Audiard -- music by Alexandre Desplat

We All Love Ennio Morricone -- various performers


For past reviews from 2006, click on these links:

Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 8/ Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)

Volume 8/ Number 5 (September - October)

Volume 8/Number 6 (November - December)


Film Composer Tributes

 

 

John Williams -- 75th birthday and Listener's Poll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar

 


So you think there have been bad choices for film music today?

Just read about the

Oscar Music Disasters of 1937


The Sammy Awards


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 19th Annual Sammy Awards have been announced!

 

Here are two categories for the 19th Annual Sammy Awards:

 

Nominees for Best Original Score:

THE DA VINCI CODE (Hans Zimmer) -- Decca CD

LADY IN THE WATER (James Newton Howard) -- Decca CD

NOTES ON A SCANDAL (Philip Glass) -- Rounder CD

PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (T. Tykwer, J. Klimek, R. Heil) -- EMI CD

THE PAINTED VEIL (Alexandre Desplat) -- Deutsche Grammophon CD

Nominees for Best Compilation:

CHARLIE CHAPLIN: The Essential Film Music Collection -- Silva Screen, 2 CDs

CINEMA RHAPSODIES: The Musical Genius of Victor Young -- Hit Parade

THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY: A Century of Flight -- Varese Sarabande

MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF MARLON BRANDO -- Silva Screen, 2 CDs

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! -- Turner Classic Movies/Rhino Music, 6 CDs

 

To read all the 19th Annual Sammy Awards, click here

 

See also:

18th Annual Sammy Awards (2005)

The Sammy Awards (1988-2004)


International Film Music Critics Awards


INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ITS WINNERS
FOR THE BEST FILM SCORES OF 2006


The members of the International Film Music Critics
Association (IFMCA) have announced their winners for the 3rd IFMCA
Awards, honoring achievements in film and television music in 2006.
The nominees and winners (in bold type) are:

A - FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
* The Black Dahlia (Mark Isham)
* The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* The Fountain (Clint Mansell)
*
Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil and
Johnny Klimek)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)

B - FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
* Alexandre Desplat
* James Newton Howard
* Mark Isham
* John Powell
* Hans Zimmer

C - BEST NEW COMPOSER OF 2006
* Caine Davidson (An American Haunting)
* Nicholas Dodd (Renaissance)
* Mark Orton (Sweet Land)
* Douglas Pipes (Monster House)
* Brett Rosenberg (Half Light)

D - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
* The Black Dahlia (Mark Isham)
* The Departed (Howard Shore)
* The Good German (Thomas Newman)
* The Nativity Story (Mychael Danna)
* The Painted Veil (Alexandre Desplat)
* The Queen (Alexandre Desplat)

E - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
* The Holiday (Hans Zimmer)
* Little Miss Sunshine (Mychael Danna)
* Miss Potter (Nigel Westlake and Rachel Portman)
* The Pink Panther (Christophe Beck)
* The Shaggy Dog (Alan Menken)

F - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FILM
* Cars (Randy Newman)
* Charlotte's Web (Danny Elfman)
* The Ant Bully (John Debney)
* Happy Feet (John Powell)
* Ice Age: The Meltdown (John Powell)

G - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/THRILLER FILM
* Casino Royale (David Arnold)
* The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* Firewall (Alexandre Desplat)
* Mission: Impossible III (Michael Giacchino)
* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Hans Zimmer)

H - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM
* Eragon (Patrick Doyle)
* The Fountain (Clint Mansell)
* Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* Superman Returns (John Ottman)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)

I - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION
* 24 Season 5 (Sean Callery)
* Battlestar Galactica Season 2/3 (Bear McCreary)
* Lost Season 2/3 (Michael Giacchino)
* Planet Earth (George Fenton)
* The Ten Commandments (Randy Edelman)

J - BEST SINGLE CUE OF 2006
* "Evey Reborn" from V for Vendetta (Dario Marianelli)
* "The Great Eatlon" from Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* "Chevaliers de Sangreal" from The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* "Eragon" from Eragon (Patrick Doyle)

K - FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
* Film Score Monthly (Lukas Kendall, producer)
* Intrada (Douglass Fake, producer)
* La-La Land (MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys, producers)
* MovieScore Media (Mikael Carlsson, producer)
* Varese Sarabande (Robert Townson, producer)


The International Film Music Critics Association, is an association
of editors, journalists and reviewers from online and print
publications who specialize in writing about original film and
television music. The IFMCA is a truly international organization,
with members from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Italy, Poland,
Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous winners of the IFMCA Score of the Year Award include John
Williams' Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Michael Giacchino's The
Incredibles
in 2004.

The winners in each category were announced on 23 February
2007.



See the FMR choices for

Best and Worst Film Music of 2006


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