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Volume 11

Number 4

Fall 2009

 

Editor:

Roger Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb

 


 

 

Recent Themes

Coming Soon

150 Greatest Movie Soundtracks

Hollywood Halloween

A Heavy Dose of Herrmann

 

 

 

Anniversary Tributes

"Mr. Lucky" -- Memories of Henry Mancini

"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" -- Johnny Mercer in Hollywood

Ken Darby Centennial

Twilight Zone Tribute

Two Classic Films From 1959

FMR Anniversary

 

Main Titles

Ratings and List of FMR Issues

The Sammy Film Music Awards

Essential Film Scores

Film Focus

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month

Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

End Titles

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Recent Themes

Coming Soon

The expanded edition will be available
with music examples from vintage film scores and songs,
an extensive image gallery, and past reviews from Film Music Review,
are all in this new edition titled:


A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC: Songs and Scores
(4th edition, PineTree Press)

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click on this link to

Film Composers and Soundtracks

 


Also watch for The Best Film Music of 2009 based on our reviewers choices.

See these past choices:

Best Film Music of 2008

Best Film Music of 2007

Best Film Music of 2006

Best Film Music of 2005

 

Are These The 150 Greatest Movie Soundtracks?

 

In the October 2009 issue of CLASSIC FM Magazine published in the UK is a list of favorites from an online film music poll. Also included with the magazine are two CDs: "Top 10 Soundtracks" (from the 150 soundtracks list) and "Classics At The Movies" (classical music from some titles on the list).

Here is the complete list from the magazine in reverse order,
with added Academy Awards (Oscars) and Sammy Awards (Sammys) in brackets:

150. THE QUEEN -- composed by Alexandre Desplat
149. RICHARD III -- William Walton
148. THE RED VIOLIN -- John Corigliano [Oscar & Sammy]
147. QUO VADIS -- Miklos Rozsa
146. ON THE WATERFRONT -- Leonard Bernstein
145. MUNICH -- John Williams
144. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY -- Bronislau Kaper
143. KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS -- Ernest Irving
142. HAMLET -- William Walton
141. DANGEROUS LIASISONS -- George Fenton
140. CLEOPATRA -- Alex North
139. CITIZEN KANE -- Bernard Herrmann
138. CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE -- Alfred Newman
137. A PASSAGE TO INDIA -- Maurice Jarre [Oscar]
136. THE UNFORGETTABLE YEAR 1919 -- Dmitri Shostakovich
135. THE SONG OF BERNADETTE -- Alfred Newman [Oscar]
134. SUNSET BOULEVARD -- Franz Waxman [Oscar]
133. LITTLE BUDDHA -- Ryuichi Sakamoto
132. SPELLBOUND -- Miklos Rozsa [Oscar]
131. SPARTACUS -- Alex North
130. SCOTT OF THE ANTARTIC--Ralph Vaughan William
129. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS -- Richard Rodney Bennett
128. KING KONG -- Max Steiner
127. CITY LIGHTS -- Charles Chaplin
126. AMISTAD -- John Williams
125. LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST -- Peter Gabriel
124. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE -- Elmer Bernstein
123. HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS -- John Williams
122. EMMA -- Rachel Portman [Oscar]
121. ELIZABETH -- David Hirschfelder
120. BABEL -- Gustavo Santaolalla [Oscar]
119. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS -- Victor Young [Oscar]
118. THINGS TO COME -- Arthur Bliss
117. THE LADYKILLERS -- Tristram Cary
116. THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD -- Alfred Newman [and Ken Darby]
115. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES -- Hugo Friedhofer [Oscar]
114. SHINE -- David Hirschfelder
113. SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET -- John Williams [Sammy]
112. ROAD TO PERDITION -- Thomas Newman
111. CONAN THE BARBARIN -- Basil Poledouris
110. CHARLOTTE GRAY -- Stephen Warbeck
109. NORTH BY NORTHWEST -- Bernard Herrmann
108. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY -- John Williams [Sammy]
107. THE LAST EMPEROR -- Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su [Oscar]
106. PLANET OF THE APES -- Jerry Goldsmith
105. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL -- Nicola Piovanni [Oscar]
104. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE -- Eliot Goldenthal
103. PSYCHO -- Bernard Herrmann
102. THE RED SHOES -- Brian Easdale [Oscar]
101. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE -- Alex North
100. LITTLE WOMEN -- Thomas Newman
99. GANGS OF NEW YORK -- Howard Shore and Jocelyn Pook
98. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE -- Stephen Warbeck
97. TAXI DRIVER -- Bernard Herrmann
96. HENRY V -- Patrick Doyle
95. FINDING NEVERLAND -- Jan Kaczmarek [Oscar]
94. WITNESS -- Maurice Jarre
93. HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE -- Patrick Doyle
92. THE UNTOUCHABLES -- Ennio Morricone
91. THE LION IN WINTER -- John Barry [Oscar]
90. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING -- Alexandre Desplat
89. EXODUS -- Ernest Gold [Oscar]
88. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING -- Patrick Doyle
87. HANNIBAL -- Hans Zimnmer and Patric Cassidy
86. BACKDRAFT -- Hans Zimmer
85. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD -- Elmer Bernstein
84. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON -- Tan Dun [Oscar and Sammy]
83. LIETENANT KIJE -- Sergei Prokofiev
82. VERTIGO -- Bernard Herrmann
81. FINDING NEMO -- Thomas Newman
80. INDEPENDENCE DAY -- David Arnold
79. HENRY V --William Walton
78. THE HOURS -- Philip Glass
77. EMPIRE OF THE SUN -- John Williams
76. OLIVER TWIST -- Arnold Bax
75. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA -- John Williams [Sammy]
74. BEN HUR -- Miklos Rozsa [Oscar]
73. A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE -- John Williams [Sammy]
72. HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX -- Nicholas Hooper
71. THE OMEN -- Jerry Goldsmith [Oscar]
70. THE MATRIX -- Don Davis
69. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY -- Patrick Doyle
68. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI [Oscar]
67. ATONEMENT -- Dario Marianelli [Oscar and Sammy]
66. THE ENGLISH PATIENT -- Gabriel Yared [Oscar]
65. STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE -- Jerry Goldsmith
64. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD -- Erich Wolfgang Korngold [Oscar]
63. HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN -- John Williams
62. THE DA VINCI CODE -- Hans Zimmer
61. LOVE STORY -- Francis Lai [Oscar]
60. THE GADFLY (Ovod) -- Dmitri Shostakovich
59. A BEAUTIFUL MIND -- James Horner
58. CHOCOLAT -- Rachel Portman
57. THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR -- Michel Legrand
56. 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE -- Vangelis
55. ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES -- Michael Kamen
54. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS -- Danny Elfman
53. CINEMA PARADISO -- Ennio Morricone
52. DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT -- Richard Addinsell
51. WILDE -- Debbie Wiseman
50. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND -- John Williams
49. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE -- Dario Marianelli
48. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST -- Ennio Morricone
47. ZORBA THE GREEK -- Mikis Theodorakis
46. FORREST GUMP -- Alan Silvestri
45. THE THIRD MAN -- Anton Karas
44. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION -- Thomas Newman
43. LADIES IN LAVENDER -- Nigel Hess [Sammy]
42. APOLLO 13 -- James Horner
41. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET -- Craig Armstrong
40. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE [Oscar]
39. GHOST -- Maurice Jarre
38. THE LION KING -- Hans Zimmer [Oscar & Sammy]
37. AMELIE -- Yann Tiersen
36. JAWS -- John Williams [Oscar]
35. AMERICAN BEAUTY -- Thomas Newman
34. THE PIANO -- Michael Nyman
33. THE BIG COUNTRY -- Jerome Moross
32. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN -- John Williams [Sammy]
31. PLATOON -- Samuel Barber and Georges Delerue
30. GONE WITH THE WIND -- Max Steiner
29. BRAVEHEART -- James Horner
28. THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN -- Ron Goodwin and William Walton
27. LAST OF THE MOHICANS -- Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
26. 633 SQUADRON -- Ron Goodwin
25. BORN FREE -- John Barry [Oscar for Score and Song]
24. SUPERMAN -- John Williams
23. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN -- Elmer Bernstein
22. DR. NO. (James Bond Theme) -- Monty Norman
21. HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE -- John Williams
20. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK -- John Williams
19. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA -- Maurice Jarre [Oscar]
18. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY -- Ennio Morricone
17. THE DEER HUNTER -- Stanley Myers
16. BLADE RUNNER -- Vangelis
15. THE GREAT ESCAPE -- Elmer Bernstein
14. THE GODFATHER -- Nino Rota
13. E.T. -- John Williams [Oscar]
12. JURASSIC PARK -- John Williams
11. TITANIC -- James Horner [Oscar]
10. DANCES WITH WOLVES -- John Barry [Oscar and Sammy]
9. OUT OF AFRICA -- John Barry [Oscar]
8. THE MISSION -- Ennio Morricone
7. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO -- Maurice Jarre [Oscar]
6. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN -- Klaus Badelt
5. SCHINDLER'S LIST -- John Williams [Oscar and Sammy]
4. CHARIOTS OF FIRE -- Vangelis [Oscar]
3. GLADIATOR -- Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003) -- Howard Shore [Oscars]
1. STAR WARS (1977) -- John Williams [Oscar]

And which composer has the most scores on this list? No surprise that it is
John Williams with 19 film scores on the list.

Next composers, with 5 scores apiece, are:
Bernard Herrmann, Maurice Jarre, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, and
Hans Zimmer.

Followed by these composers, with 4 apiece:
John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, Patrick Doyle and James Horner.


And what about these picks?

Another list appeared in CLASSIC FM magazine (May 2009).

This issue has the "2009 Hall of Fame" with 300 classical works chosen by radio listeners in the UK, and includes these film scores (arranged by their number on the list of 300 works):

285: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE -- Patrick Doyle
243: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK -- John Williams
233: ROMEO AND JULIET -- Craig Armstrong
215: JURASSIC PARK -- John Williams
165: WARSAW CONCERTO -- Richard Addinsell
157: HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE -- John Williams
148: STAR WARS -- John Williams
145: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN -- John Williams
137: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL -- Claus Badelt
119: GLADIATOR -- Hans Zimmer
116: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST -- Hans Zimmer
77: SCHINDLER'S LIST -- John Williams
58: LADIES IN LAVENDER -- Nigel Hess
21: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING -- Howard Shore
20: ASHOKAN FAREWELL (from PBS television series, THE CIVIL WAR) -- Jay Ungar

There is only one vintage score -- WARSAW CONCERTO (not really a "concerto") from the 1940s film, DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT (No. 52 on the above 150 list).

All the rest are film scores from the 1970s onward. Once again John Williams is well represented with 6 out of 15 film scores on this list.

But where are all those great classic film scores from the 1930s, '40's, '50s and 60's?

Do you agree with the choices on these two lists?

Send in your comments with your favorite film scores to:

Greatest Movie Soundtacks List

See also this list of

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

 

 

 

BOO!

 

Music For Halloween: A Devilish Dozen

 

 

 

A HEAVY DOSE OF HERRMANN

During the month of September, the Turner Classic Movies cable TV channel
will be honoring one of the greatest of all film music masters, Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975).
These are the titles and dates when they will be shown:

1 September (Early Career - Part One):
HANGOVER SQUARE (1945)
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY, 1941)
CITIZEN KANE (1941)
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)
ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1951)

8 September (Early Career - Part Two):
FIVE FINGERS (1952)
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1952)
BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF (1953)
THE NAKED AND THE DEAD (1958)
THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER (1960)

15 September (Herrmann & Hitchcock - Part One):
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955)
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
VERTIGO (1958)
More Herrmann: THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958)/ MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961)

22 September (Herrmann & Hitchcock - Part Two):
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
PSYCHO (1960)
MARNIE (1964)
More Herrmann: JOY IN THE MORNING (1965)

29 September (Late Career):
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968)
THE ROAD BUILDER (1971)
OBSESSION (1976)
TAXI DRIVER (1976)



More about Bernard Herrmann at these links:

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Bernard Herrmann On Radio (Free with A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC)

Bernard Herrmann: The Early Years by Roger Hall

Magical Tribute to Bernard Herrmann by Steve Vertlieb     

The Bernard Herrmann Society

 

 

 

 

A Memorial To Erich Kunzel
(1935 - 2009)

From FMR Editor, Roger Hall:

Erich Kunzel was the king of the current classical/crossover conductors. Like Arthur Fiedler and John Williams with the Boston Pops, Kunzel had the ability to showcase a wide variety of music in enterprising and exciting recordings.

He conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for 44 years,
with over 80 Telarc albums to his credit, many of them best-sellers.

Two of them received special awards:

AMERICAN JUBILEE
(Grand Prix Du Disque, 1989)

COPLAND: The Music of America
(Grammy Award, 1997)

 

Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops also received four other Grammy Nominations for:

--Aaron Copland: LINCOLN PORTRAIT (1987)
--A Disney Spectacular (1989)
--Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN (1891)
--Amen! A Gospel Celebration (1993).

Many of the Telarc CDs focused on movie music.
In his concerts and recordings, he made movie music more enjoyable to audiences everywhere.

He was a great conductor who helped to broaden the appeal of movie music, both from the past and present.

R.I.P., maestro E.K.

 

Here are a few of his Telarc CDs reviewed at Film Music Review:

Masters and Commanders

 

Three Choral Suites by Miklos Rozsa

 

The Ultimate Movie Music Collection (4 CD Set) -- a great collection!

Thanks to the Cincinnati Symphony for information and graphics.

More information about Erich Kunzel at:

Cincinnati Symphony official web site

 

 

 

In Remembrance of Maurice Jarre
(1924 - 2009)

Christopher Palmer with Maurice Jarre (on right)
during recording of A PASSAGE TO INDIA
[From CD -- DOCTOR ZHIVAGO: The Classic Film Music
of Maurice Jarre
, Silva America, 1995]

 

Sadly, another of filmdom's most revered film composers
has left us at the age of 84.

Maurice Jarre was one of the most respected film composers.
He composed over 200 scores during his long career,
from his first film score in 1952 until his last one in 2001.

He received three Oscars for major films directed by David Lean:
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)

In an interview, Jarre quoted his favorite director, David Lean, as saying:

"Maurice, you are the doctor of the film. It is true that music can help a scene run more smoothly, but it has to be a good film for the music to have its best effect. Music can cure a minor sickness
but it cannot help the terminally ill!"

R.I.P. Maurice Jarre, dedicated doctor of films.

 

A few recommended releases of his music...

 

The Essential Maurice Jarre Film Collection

The Essential Maurice Jarre Film Music Collection (2 CDs, 26 tracks)

 

 

Film Music Masterworks

Film Music By Maurice Jarre (Budget CD, 10 tracks)

 

Lean by Jarre: A Musical  Tribute To Sir David Lean

Lean By Jarre:
A Musical Tribute to Sir David Lean (CD/ DVD)

 

 

Read more about Maurice Jarre at

Wikipedia

 

Film Music Books



Read about A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC at this link:

Film Composers and Soundtracks

 

See a list of other film music books at the

Home Page

 



Anniversary Tributes

 

 

 

 

MEMORIES OF HENRY MANCINI

"Mr. Lucky" -- Memories of Henry Mancini

 

 


JOHNNY MERCER CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's most popular
and prolific songwriters of movie songs.

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)
received 4 Oscars for his movie songs (1946, 1951, 1961,1962).

Read the centennial tribute at

"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood

 

 

 

KEN DARBY (1909 - 1992)

Read about this multi-talented singer, songwriter,
arranger, and choral director who
received three Oscars for his work on musicals,
at

"RIVER OF NO RETURN"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby

 

 

 

TWILIGHT ZONE TRIBUTE


Film Music Review is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the best television series from the past.
The idea of the show's creator, master storyteller Rod Serling, this series premiered on CBS television on October 2, 1959.

Over the run of five seasons, this series had many outstanding scores by composers like Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Fred Steiner, Nathan Scott and others.

Our anniversary tribute is in two parts...

Part One (Articles):

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: AN ELEMENT OF TIME by Steve Vertlieb

THE TWILIGHT ZONE Magazine -- message from Carol Serling and list of fan favorites

Bernard Herrmann's "Walking Distance" by Roger Hall

Part Two (CD Reviews):

TWILIGHT ZONE 40th Anniversary Collection -- music by Goldsmith, Herrmann, Van Cleave and others (4 CDs)


FAHRENHEIT 451 and "Walking Distance" from THE TWILIGHT ZONE -- music by Bernard Herrmann

Do you have a favorite episode and music from this outstanding television series?

Send your favorite show with any comments to

THE TWILIGHT ZONE Tribute

 

 

 

Two Classic Films
From 1959
(CD Reviews)


One of the greatest of all Biblical Epics:

Ben-Hur: The Essential Miklós Rózsa

BEN-HUR: The Essential Miklos Rozsa (compilation)

 

One of the funniest of all Screen Comedies:


SOME LIKE IT HOT (soundtrack)

 

 

FMR ANNIVERSARY

Film Music Review celebrates its 11th anniversary online in 2009.

See the lists of 11 favorite film scores at

Anniversary Special

Read the picks from previous years at these links:

10th Anniversary Special

9th Anniversary Special

8th Anniversary Special



Main Titles

 

 

 

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a 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.

2009 (Volume 11)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)



2008
(Volume 10)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 


Volumes 1 - 7

These reviews no longer available online.
Here is a link to the complete list of


CD Reviews (1999-2005)


Many of these reviews will included
in the upcoming e-book:

A Guide to Film Music (4th edition)

 


The Sammy Film Music Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 21st Annual Sammy Awards

for film music CDs

have been announced

here

 

 

See also

20th Annual Sammy Awards

19th Annual Sammy Awards

18th Annual Sammy Awards

 

 

 


 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 


 

Film Focus

 

The series devoted to a composer and one major film score

 

No. 1: Hugo Friedhofer and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

No. 2: Miklós Rózsa and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: Max Steiner and
KING KONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4: Elmer Bernstein and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and VERTIGO

 

 

 

 

No. 6: Dimitri Tiomkin and
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Editor's Choice -
Best of the Month for 2009

 

 

Best of the Month for January

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON --
music by Alexandre Desplat

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for February

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE --
music by Max Steiner

 

 

 


Best of the Month for March

TIME AFTER TIME --
music by Miklos Rozsa

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for April

A JOHNNY MANDEL TRIO
(3 CD Box Set)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for May

HOW TO STEAL A MILLION and
BACHELOR FLAT --
music by Johnny Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for June

TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE--
music by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for July

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER --
music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for August

GOD'S LITTLE ACRE --
music by Elmer Bernstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for September

EXODUS -- music by Ernest Gold
also other film scores (2 CDs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for October

THE BLACK STALLION -- music by Carmine Coppola
Additional music by Shirley Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for November

TARAS BULBA -- music by Franz Waxman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Month for December

CAPTAIN ABU RAED --
music by Austin Wintory

 

 

 

 


 

Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews
for 2009

 

 

Special Merit 


THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD --
music by Bernard Herrmann

 

 

 

 


THE APARTMENT -- music by Adolph Deutsch
IRMA LA DOUCE and THE FORTUNE COOKIE -- music by Andre Previn

 

 

 

 

ANGELS & DEMONS [Capsule Review]

 

 

 

 

 

CULT CUTS:
MUSIC FROM THE MODERN CINEMA
[Capsule Review]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M
(5 CD Box Set)

 

 

 

 

 


THE DEAD POOL -- music by Lalo Schifrin

 

 

 

 

The Definitive Horror Movie Music Collection

 

THE DEFINITIVE HORROR MUSIC COLLECTION

 

 

 

 

 

 


DISCOVER FILM MUSIC
(2 CD compilation with 165 page booklet)

 

 

 

 

DRACULA A.D. 1972 [Soundtrack]

 

 

DRACULA A.D. 1972 -- music by Mike Vickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Film-Music-Ralph-Rainger-Thanks/dp/B001N05A24/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1237737713&sr=8-3

 

 

THE FILM MUSIC OF RALPH RAINGER

 

 

 

 

 

The Informant! - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

 

NEW!

THE INFORMANT! -- music by Marvin Hamlisch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"IN HARMS WAY" ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE.

 

 

IN HARM'S WAY -- music by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 

JAKE SPEED [Soundtrack]

 

 

JAKE SPEED -- music by Mark Snow

 

 

 

 

MARS ATTACKS! (Expanded!) [Soundtrack]



MARS ATTACKS! -- music by Danny Elfman

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAX AND HELEN & THE OASIS --
music by Christopher Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MUSIC OF BATMAN (compilation)

 

 

 

Music of Star Trek: Original Soundtrack

 

 

THE MUSIC OF STAR TREK (compilation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAR CRASH -- music by John Barry

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 / KORGOTH OF BARBARIA [Soundtrack]

TRANSYLVANIA 6-5000 (1985)/ KORGOTH THE BARBARIAN (2006) --
music by Lee Holdridge
[Capsule Review]

 

 

 

Special Merit 

 

You Must Remember This Too:
Classic Film Music Arranged for Guitar

 

 

 

 

 


 

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

DVDs

CAPTAIN ABU RAED (Due for Release in 2010)

 

 

THE FORD AT FOX COLLECTION:
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD


DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
FRONTIER MARSHAL
BECOMING JOHN FORD

Rating: ***1/2

 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Rating: ****

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

Recommended DVDs with Isolated Scores

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(2 Disc Special Edition)

Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by film & music historians John Morgan,
Steven Smith, William Stromberg, and Nick Redman


 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)


Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)


music by Alfred Newman
Commentary by
film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

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A History of Film Music
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Film Score Guides)

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Alex North's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
A Film Score Guide
by Annette Davison

 

 

 

 

The Soundtracks of Woody Allen:
A Complete Guide to the Songs and Music in Every Film, 1969-2005
by Adam Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 


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