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Volume 15

Number 1

Winter - Spring 2013

 

Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger Hall


Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


All three of our writers are members of the...

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Latest Highlights

The Sammy Film Music Awards

International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards

Best Film Music CDs of 2012

Ratings and List of FMR Online Issues

Film In Focus - A series about classic films and film scores

Editor's Choice, Best Recordings of the Month - 2012

Recommended DVDs and Books

Film Music Links

FMR Editorials

 

 

 

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Worth another listen!

 

 

 

Retro CD Review: A.I.:ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (2001)

 

 

Bacharach is Back!

 

 

 

Retro CD Review: The Reel Burt Bacharach

 

 

 

 

In Memory of Ray Harryhausen


CD Review: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
(and other Ray Harryhausen animation classics)

 

 

 


John Williams: A Film Music Tribute

 

 

 

 

Favorite Film Music Poll

 

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

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100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Top Ten Movie Song Favorites

Twenty Essential Hollywood Musicals

 


 

 

Film Music Guide

An informative resource guide on DVD,
with 50 music examples and a video program
about vintage movie songs and scores.
Read more about the updated 5th edition of
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC at

Film Music Guide

 

 

Now On DVD

A play written with music by Roger Hall
and based on a famous utopian 19th century novel
is now available on DVD and titled,

The Musical Telephone: A Romantic Narrative

 

 

 


List of CD, DVD and Book Reviews
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Sammy Film Music Awards

 

The longest-running awards chosen
exclusively for film music recordings

The 25th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards have been announced!

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Read a special remembrance of
the man these awards are named after,


"High Hopes"
Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

 

 

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

IFMCA Awards

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION HONORS MULTIPLE FILMS; “LIFE OF PI” TAKES SCORE OF THE YEAR BUT DESPLAT, ELFMAN, GIACCHINO, NEWMAN, VELÁZQUEZ, WILLIAMS ALSO WIN

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2012. Unlike in previous years, where one score has taken multiple victories, the main film prizes are split equally between 11 different movies and composers, the greatest spread in IFMCA history.

The award for Score of the Year goes to Canadian composer MYCHAEL DANNA for his score for director Ang Lee’s vivid shipwreck drama LIFE OF PI. Danna’s dramatic and beautiful score made use of a large number of Indian musical elements in addition to a traditional western orchestra, capturing through music one the film’s key ideas, the collision of different cultures to form the large, ethnic melting pot from which the lead character, Pi Patel, originates. This is the first Score of the Year award from the IFMCA for Golden Globe winner and double-Oscar nominee Danna, who had never previously been nominated in this category, although he did receive five previous nominations in genre categories for scores such as BEING JULIA, THE NATIVITY STORY and THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS.

Hollywood A-lister DANNY ELFMAN was named Film Composer of the Year for his outstanding body of work in 2012, during which he composed music for such popular and successful films as DARK SHADOWS, FRANKENWEENIE, HITCHCOCK. MEN IN BLACK III, PROMISED LAND and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Elfman’s music in 2012 ran the gamut of styles and genres, from the soft rock of Silver Linings Playbook to the Gothic atmospherics of Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, to the subtle Bernard Herrmann echoes of Hitchcock, cementing his position as one of the most versatile and sought-after composers working today. This is the second Composer of the Year Award Elfman has received from the IFMCA, having previously been similarly honored for his work in 2008.

The IFMCA’s ongoing recognition of emerging talent in the film music world this year spotlights 37-year-old Colorado-born composer NATHAN JOHNSON, who was named Breakout Composer of the Year for his unconventionally percussive music for the acclaimed sci-fi thriller LOOPER. To create the film’s unique aural atmosphere Johnson took a standard small orchestra, featuring mainly strings and piano, and augmented them with a massive array of sampled sounds and processed percussion effects, ranging from trash can lids, an oscillating fan, and gunfire to hammered PVC tubes and fire alarms. The end result is cacophonous, unsettling, but weirdly fascinating music that somehow manages to bring together these seemingly random and incoherent musical collisions of sounds into a propulsive, exciting score.

Spanish composer FERNANDO VELÁZQUEZ wrote the IFMCA’s Film Music Composition of the Year – “The Impossible Main Title” from director Juan Antonio Bayona’s film THE IMPOSSIBLE, which tells the story of a family caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Velázquez’s main title is an overwhelming emotional powerhouse, capturing both the tragedy of the situation and the sense of desperation felt by the family concerned. The score was recorded by the excellent string section of the London Metropolitan Orchestra at the historic Abbey Road Studios, and has been praised by numerous mainstream film critics as one of the outstanding elements of the film. This is the first IFMCA Award win for Velázquez, who was previously nominated for his scores EL ORFANATO (THE ORPHANAGE) in 2007 and GARBO: EL ESPÍA in 2009.

The various genre awards were won by JOHN WILLIAMS for director Steven Spieberg’s historical drama LINCOLN, WALTER MURPHY for the raucous comedy TED, THOMAS NEWMAN for his work on the near-universally lauded James Bond film SKYFALL, MICHAEL GIACCHINO for the epic Edgar Rice Burroughs space adventure JOHN CARTER, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT for the whimsical fantasy animation RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, and Finnish composer PANU AALTIO for his music for the beautiful nature documentary METSÄN TARINA.

In the non-film categories, British composer MURRAY GOLD won the award for Best Original Score for a Television Series for his outstanding work on the most recent season of the classic BBC science fiction show DOCTOR WHO, while composer AUSTIN WINTORY won the award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media for his score for the groundbreaking game JOURNEY, which earlier this year made history by being the first Video Game score nominated for a Grammy.

La-La Land Records won the Best Archival Release of an Existing Score award for their magnificent release of Jerry Goldsmith’s classic 1979 score STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, newly re-mastered and re-released in a lavish 3-CD set. They also continued their monopoly of the Film Music Record Label of the Year category, winning for the third straight year, and solidifying their position at the top of the list of labels specializing in lovingly restoring the greatest film music of the past.

Finally, conductor Nic Raine and producers James Fitzpatrick and Luc Van de Ven won the Best Archival Re-Recording of an Existing Score award for the monumental re-recording of Miklós Rózsa’s score for the epic 1951 film QUO VADIS?, which featured stellar performances from the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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THE WINNERS

2012 Film Categories

 

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

• LIFE OF PI - music by Mychael Danna

 

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• DANNY ELFMAN

 

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• NATHAN JOHNSON

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

LINCOLN - music by John Williams

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• TED, music by Walter Murphy

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

• SKYFALL, music by Thomas Newman

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM

• JOHN CARTER, music by Michael Giacchino

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS - music by Alexandre Desplat

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

• METSÄN TARINA, music by Panu Aaltio

 

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• “The Impossible Main Title” from THE IMPOSSIBLE, music by Fernando Velázquez

 

Other 2012 Categories

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

• DOCTOR WHO, music by Murray Gold

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

JOURNEY - music by Austin Wintory

 

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, music by Jerry Goldsmith; album produced by Didier C. Deutsch, Mike Matessino, Bruce Botnick, MV Gerhard, Matt Verboys and David C. Fein; liner notes by Jeff Bond and Mike Matessino; album art direction by Jim Titus (La-La Land)

BEST ARCHIVAL RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE

QUO VADIS - music by Miklós Rózsa; conducted by Nic Raine; album produced by James Fitzpatrick and Luc Van de Ven; liner notes by Frank K. DeWald; album art direction by GINKO DIGI (Prometheus/Tadlow)

 

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

• LA-LA LAND RECORDS, MV Gerhard, Matt Verboys

 

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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.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise almost 60 members from countries as diverse as Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to John Williams’ WAR HORSE in 2011, John Powell’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON in 2010, 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 visit filmmusiccritics.org or facebook.com/ifmca, follow us at twitter.com/IFMCA, or contact us at press@filmmusiccritics.org.

 

 

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 original 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 CDs of 2012

 


Read our film music critics picks for

Best Film Music Releases of 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

2012 (Volume 14)

Number 1 (Winter-Spring)

Number 2 (Summer-Fall)


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

 

A series devoted to one film and its film score,
from the 1930s to 1960s

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

New

No. 11: HIGH NOON and
Dimitri Tiomkin's classic film score

 

 

New

No. 12: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and
Elmer Bernstein's greatest film score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor's Choice for 2012

Best Recordings of the Month

 

January

BATTLE OF NERETVA (1969) and THE NAKED AND THE DEAD (1958)
music by Bernard Herrmann
(Tribute Film Classics)

 

February

A Tribute To John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration
(Sony Classical)


 

March

BEN-HUR - 5 CD Box Set
Music by Miklos Rozsa
(Film Score Monthly)

 

April

SHIP OF FOOLS - Music by Ernest Gold
(Monstrous Movie Music)

 

May

 

THE WESTERNS - Music and Songs From Classic Westerns
(Jasmine 2 CDs)

June

 



ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Music by Max Steiner
(Tribute Film Classics 2 CD box set)

July

HATARI!
Music by Henry Mancini
(Intrada CD)

August

North By Northwest (Complete Original Soundtrack)

NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Music by Bernard Herrmann
(Intrada CD)

 

 

September



BODY HEAT
Music by John Barry
(Film Score Monthly, 2 CDs)



October

SHANE
Music by Victor Young
(La-La Land)

 

November

LINCOLN
Music by John Williams
(Sony Classical)

 

 

December

QUO VADIS
music by Miklos Rozsa
(Prometheus Records 2 CDs)

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended DVDs and Books


 

 

 

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


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


 

 

 

RecoRecommended Books

 

The Hollywood Film Music Reader
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

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

 

mmended Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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