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Volume 13

Number 4

Fall 2011

 

Managing Editor:

+Roger Lee Hall


Contributing Writers:

+Steven A. Kennedy

+ Steve Vertlieb


+Member

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Main Titles

Latest News

The Sammy Film Music Awards

The Best Film Music CD Releases of 2010

Ratings and List of FMR Online Issues

Film In Focus

2011 Editor's Choice - Best of the Month CDs

2011 Special Merit CDs

2011 Other Soundtracks and Compilations

Recommended DVDs and Books

Film Music Links

 

 

 

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Coming in January 2012

The Film Music Review Best CD releases of 2011.

See the CD releases chosen for 2010 here

 

Congratulations to our FMR critics!

Steven A. Kennedy, Steve Vertlieb and Roger Hall
are all listed in a reference book. These are the articles:

By Steve Vertlieb
"Tribute to James Bernard" in Memories of Hammer (2002)
edited by Gary J. and Susan Svehla.

"The Horror and Fantasy Films of Max Steiner" in
The Max Steiner Annual (1970)

"Film Music in the 1980s: A Symposium" in
Pro Musica Sana
(Spring 1990)

"The Reinvention of Miklos Rozsa" in
Midnight Marquee (no. 52)

By Steven A. Kennedy
"Copland on Celluloid" (interview with
conductor Jonathan Sheffer) in
Film Score Monthly (February 2001)

By Roger Hall
A Guide to Film Music: Songs and Scores
(1st ed, 1997; 2nd ed, 2002, 3rd ed, 2007; 4th ed, 2009)

"Arthur Freed" and "Bernard Herrmann" in
American National Biography (24 vols.)

"From Hitchcock to Harryhausen: Ten Essential Herrmann Scores"
in Film Score Monthly (April-May 2000)

"Remembering (David) Raksin"
in Film Score Monthly (September 2004)

"Elmer's Magnificent 7:
Essential Elmer Bernstein Scores of the 1960s"
in Film Score Monthly (October 2004)

"Tip to Moviegoers: Take Off Those Earmuffs!"
(interview with Aaron Copland)
in Soundtrack! (Fall 2000)

"The Magnificent One: 50 Years of Elmer Bernstein Film Scores"
in Soundtrack! (Summer 2001)

"Bernard Herrmann: The Early Years"
in Soundtrack! (Spring 2002)

"Dimitri Tiomkin's Golden Decade" (1948-1958)
in Soundtrack! (Winter 2002)

All these articles are listed in
this very useful reference book...

Film and Television Music: A Guide to Books, Articles, and Composer Interviews

FILM AND TELEVISION MUSIC -
A Guide To Books, Articles, and Composer Interviews
Compiled and Edited by Warren M. Sherk

 

New Film Music Poll

Attention Film Music Fans and Collectors!

Here is your chance to pick some of your favorite Hollywood movie songs
and film scores between the 75 years from 1933 to 2008.

The titles don't have to be what you consider to be the greatest or most popular film music. They are your choices of film music you especially enjoy, both songs and scores.

For some ideas, see these links:

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Top Ten Movie Song Favorites

The final list will be posted here.

Send your list of favorites (in any order)
by January 30, 2012 to:

My favorite movie songs and film scores

 

 

The Kotaku game site has named the score by Winifred Phillips to
LittleBigPlanet2
(Sony Computer Entertainment)
as"Best Game Music of 2011."
Read more here

 

 

 

 

A Tribute by Steve Vertlieb

Music By James Bernard:
Themes For A Tapestry Of Terror

 

 


New on DVD

A play by Roger Hall
based on a famous utopian novel
is now available on DVD and titled,

The Musical Telephone: A Romantic Narrative

 

Read about Dimitri Tiomkin's wonderful music
for this holiday favorite,

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

"Moon River" at 50

"Moon River" - Memories of Henry Mancini

 

 

 

 

 

Hayley Sings Morricone

Rapid Review:
This CD will probably be a big seller and it deserves to be --
for Ennio Morricone's gorgeous settings of his sensuous
film themes and several romantic pop songs, plus the beautiful voice of
Hayley Westenra, who is also a sensitive and promising lyricist.
This CD is Paradise indeed!
-- Roger Hall

CD: PARADISO - Hayley Westenra and Ennio Morricone

[She is shown on the cover of Classic FM magazine below]

 

The Classic FM Movie Music Survey

Classic FM magazine (October 2011)

101 soundtracks chosen by its listeners

The Top Twenty Vote Getters:

20. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - John Williams
19. DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT - Richard Addinsell
18. THE PIANO - Michael Nyman
17. CINEMA PARADISO - Ennio Morricone
16. LAST OF THE MOHICANS - Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman
15. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - Elmer Bernstein
14. JURASSIC PARK - John Williams
13. CHARIOTS OF FIRE - Vangelis
12. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA - Maurice Jarre
11. 633 SQUADRON - Ron Goodwin
10. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Maurice Jarre
9. LADIES IN LAVENDER - Nigel Hess
8. STAR WARS - John Williams
7. THE MISSION - Ennio Morricone
6. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - Klaus Badelt
5. DANCES WITH WOLVES - John Barry
4. SCHINDLER'S LIST - John Williams
3. OUT OF AFRICA - John Barry
2. GLADIATOR - Hans Zimmer
1. LORD OF THE RINGS - Howard Shore

Do you agree or disagree with this list?

What would be your own favorites?

Send a few of your favorites to:

Soundtracks I especially enjoy

 

 

 

In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War

An Interview with John Frizzell about GODS AND GENERALS

 

 

 

 

CITIZEN KANE Turns 70

70th Anniversary of CITIZEN KANE
and Bernard Herrmann's first film score
by Roger Hall

 

 

Our reviewers select their favorite film composers and scores

for the

13th Anniversary Special

 

 

Now Available!

Complete List of CD, DVD and Book Reviews
(1998 - 2010)


click here

 

 



Film Composers Remembered

John Barry (1933-2011)

 

 

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

 

 


 

 

Sammy Film Music Awards

The longest-running awards exclusively for recordings

The 24th annual Sammy Awards will be announced
on February 5, 2012

Read last year's choices:

Sammy Film Music Awards For 2010

 

 

 


 

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

IFMCA Legends

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is proud to announce the formation of the IFMCA Legends archive, celebrating the life and work of some of film music’s greatest historical artists.

Although the primary focus of the IFMCA is the celebration of the best in modern contemporary film music, it is also fully aware of the amazing legacy of groundbreaking music left by the classic Golden Age and Silver Age composers of decades past. To that end, the IFMCA has established the IFMCA Legends archive, which celebrates the work of these cinematic pioneers. Other than their musical contribution, the only other criteria necessary to become a member of the IFMCA Legends archive is to be deceased.

Each year, starting this year, IFMCA members will vote on new inductees who, in their opinion, have left an indelible mark on the world of film music through their groundbreaking scores, and who are deserving of recognition for their work. Each inductee will be the subject of an in-depth essay written by one of the IFMCA’s members, highlighting their life and most important scores, and which will be featured in a special new section on the IFMCA website.

For this inaugural year, IFMCA members chose five initial inductees. In future years, two new inductees will be chosen. The initial five inductees are:

 

 

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.

The IFMCA was originally formed in the late 1990s as the now-defunct “Film Music Critics Jury” by editor and journalist Mikael Carlsson, a regular contributor to Music from the Movies, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media. Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 40 members from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

The group’s main focus is the IFMCA Awards, which it presents annually to the best riginal scores from motion pictures, television and video games from the preceding calendar year. Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Michael Giacchino’s UP in 2009, Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007, James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006, John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of their awards, please visit them at this link:

http://www.filmmusiccritics.org

 

 
 

 

The Best Film Music CD Releases

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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.

2011 (Volume 13 )

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2010 (Volume 12)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2009 (Volume 11)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)


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)

These reviews are included on
the DVD,
A Guide to Film Music (4th edition)

 

Index to Volumes 1 - 12

nInCDs, DVDs and Book Reviews)

 


 

 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 


 

Film In Focus

The series devoted to one film and its film score

 

No. 1: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and
Hugo Friedhofer's Oscar-winning score

 

 

 

 

No. 2: PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE and
Miklós Rózsa's score

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: KING KONG and
Max Steiner's milestone score

 

 

 

 

 


No. 4: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and
Elmer Bernstein's score


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: VERTIGO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 

 



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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 7: THE SONG OF BERNADETTE and
Alfred Newman's Oscar-winning film score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 8: SOME LIKE IT HOT and
Adolph Deutsch's score

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

No. 9: PSYCHO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 

 

NEW!

No. 10: CITIZEN KANE and
Bernard Herrmann's first film score

 

 

 


 

Editor's Choice for 2011

(Best of the Month)


January

POLTERGEIST -- music by Jerry Goldsmith
(Film Score Monthly, 2 CDs)



February

HOME ALONE - music by John Williams
Expanded Original Score (La-La Land Records)

 

 


March

CITIZEN KANE -
The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann
(RCA Red Seal)

 


April

LAURA, FOREVER AMBER,
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores
(RCA Red Seal)

 


May


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

 

June

WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT - music by Burt Bacharach
and
PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU - music by Lalo Shifrin
(Quartet Records)

 

July

TARAS BULBA - music by Franz Waxman
(Tadlow Music - 2 CDs)

 

August

THE EGYPTIAN -
music by Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann
(Varese Sarabande, 2 CDs)


September

LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL -
music by Dimitri Tiomkin
(Counterpoint CD)

 

October

Lucie Svehlova - The Lark Ascending
Classical and Film Music Violin Romances

 

November

 

SUMMER AND SMOKE
music by Elmer Bernstein

(Kritzerland CD)

 

December

THE SAND PEBBLES
music by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 


 

Special Merit CDs

 

 

THE ARTIST (Sony Classical)
music by Ludovic Bource

 

HUGO (Howe Records)
music by Howard Shore

 

 

WAR HORSE (Sony Classical)
music by John Williams

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2 CDs, Prometheus) -- music by Basil Poledouris

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (2 CDs, Prometheus)
-- music by Dimitri Tiomkin

THE GREATEST MIRACLE (BSX Records)
--music by Mark Mckenzie

JANE EYRE - music by Dario Marianelli (Sony)

PROJECT MOON BASE - music by Hershel Burke Gilbert (MMM)

SPARTACUS -- music by Alex North (6 CD/1 DVD box set (Varese Sarabande)

 


Other Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews
For 2011

 


BLACK SWAN -- music by Clint Mansell (Sony Classical)

CARMEN -- music by Ernesto Halffter (Naxos)

Cinema Concertante -- Various film composers (Oehms Classics)

CITY OF FEAR -- music by Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada)

Film Music of Brian Easdale (Chandos)

Francis Lai - The Essential Film Music Collection (Silva Screen)

THE GOLDEN HILLS, THE SILLY LITTLE MOUSE, ADVENTURES OF KORZINKINA, and THE TALE OF THE PRIEST AND HIS WORKER BALDA -- music by Dimitri Shostakovich (Delos)

Heroines in Music (compilation) -- music by Carl Davis

IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE - music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter (MMM)

METROPOLIS -- music by Gottfried Huppertz (Capriccio)

THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD - music by Heinz Roemheld (MMM)

The Music of James Horner (2 CDs, Silva Screen Records)

The Music of Michel Legrand (2 CDs, Silva Screen Records)

MYSTERIES OF THE GODS -- music by Peter Thomas (Polydor)

RIVER OF NO RETURN and NIAGARA -- music by Lionel Newman, Leigh Harline,
Cyril J. Mockridge, Sol Kaplan (Intrada)

The Symphonic Celtic Album (Silva Screen compilation)

VILLA RIDES! The Western Film Music of Maurice Jarre (Tadlow Music)

THE WILDEST DREAM -- music by Joel Douek

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS -- music by James Newton Howard (Sony Classical)

X-MEN FIRST CLASS -- music by Henry Jackman (Sony Classical)

 

 


 

 

 

 

Useful resource guide now on DVD-R,
with 50 music examples and a video program.
Read more about A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC at

Film Composers and Soundtracks

 


 

Recommended DVDs and Books


DVDs with outstanding soundtracks

CAPTAIN ABU RAED

 

 

 

 

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(Blu-ray Special Edition)
Music by Bernard Herrmann


Isolated score track and
commentary by film & music historians: John Morgan,
Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

 

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

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)
Music by Bernard Herrmann



 

 

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

 

 


 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)
Music by Alfred Newman


Isolated score track
and
Commentary by film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

RecoRRecommended Books

 

The Hollywood Film Music Reader
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

Pick Yourself Up - Dorothy Fields and The American Musical
by Charlotte Greenspan

 

mmended Books

THE SONGS OF HOLLYWOOD
by Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson

 

 

 

 

A HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 


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