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Volume 9

Number 5 (September - October 2007)


Editor and Publisher:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb

 


Contents

Latest News

FMR 9th Anniversary

Ratings and FMR Issues

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month

Film Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

Reviews (CDs, DVDs, Books)

Centennial Tributes to Gene Autry and John Wayne

Film Composer Tributes

The Sammy Awards

The Best Film Music

 

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Latest News


The new updated 3rd edition of A Guide to Film Music is now available.

It covers the years 1926 to 2006.

For a limited time, if you order this guide you will also receive a Free accompanying CD to this guide.

To read about it, go here:

Film Composers and Soundtracks

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The lists for this annual event include film music at these links:

National Carry A Tune Week 2007

National Carry A Tune Week (2006)

National Carry A Tune Week (2005)

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There are now ten film composers from the past who are listed on the

Tunemaker Hall of Fame

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FMR contributing writer Steve Vertlieb has written a review of the new Naxos CD:

Miklos Rozsa: Violin Concerto & Sinfonia Concertante

See also his column, "Vertlieb's Views," at Thunder Child and his article:

"Frenzied Genius: The Romantic Passion of Bernard Herrmann"


FMR 9th Anniversary


8 July 2007 marked the 9th anniversary of Film Music Review.

To celebrate, Roger Hall and Steven Kennedy have selected their 9 favorite film scores for the

9th Anniversary Special

What are the essential scores from the 1930s to 1990s? Here is a list of...

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

See also

Recollections of Rozsa by Steve Vertlieb

 

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Ratings and FMR Issues


Here is the FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative - Highest Recommendation

***1/2 = Outstanding - Recommended

*** = Good - Okay

**1/2 = Fair - Nothing Special

** = Mediocre - Barely Passable

* = Poor - Save Your Money

Only those soundtracks which receive **** have all track titles listed. .

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.

In addition to Best of the Month CDs, which have all received the highest rating, these are the soundtracks since July 2007 which have also received the highest rating:

Amazing Stories - Anthology Three [Special Merit]

D.O.A. [Special Merit]

ELIZABETH: The Golden Age

LUST, CAUTION

Miklos Rozsa: A Centenary Celebration [Special Merit]

For past reviews from 2007:

Volume 9/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 9/Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 9/Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 9/Number 4 (July - August)

 

For past reviews from 2006:

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)

 

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Editor's Choice (January - October 2007)


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

 

 

Best of the Month for February

Around the World in 80 Days (Expanded Edition)

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Victor Young)

 

 

Best of the Month for March

 

RAINTREE COUNTY (John Green)

 

 

Best of the Month for April

 

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Miklos Rozsa)

 

 

No Best of the Month for May

 

Best of the Month for June

 

THE BIG COUNTRY (Jerome Moross)

 

 

Best of the Month for July

 

THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN (Elmer Bernstein) &
THE TRAIN (Maurice Jarre)

 

Best of the Month for August

 

THE SEA HAWK & DECEPTION
(Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

 

Best of the Month for September

THE UNFORGIVEN:
Classic Western Scores from United Artists (1959-1969)

 

 

Best of the Month for October

 

Legendary Hollywood:
Alfred Newman Conducts His Classic
Motion Picture Scores

 

 

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Film Focus


The first in a series devoted to discussing a classic film and score

 

 

Hugo Friedhofer and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviews


Best of the Month for November

 

 

D.O.A. -- score by Dimitri Tiomkin


 

Special Merit

 

Amazing Stories - Anthology Three (2 CDs)

 

 

BECOMING JANE -- score by Adrian Johnston

 

 

 

 

EASTERN PROMISES -- score by Howard Shore

 

 

Elizabeth: The Golden Age [Music from the Motion Picture]

 

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE --
music by Craig Armstrong and A.R. Rahman

 

 

 

Film Music of Maurice Jarre

 

 

 

Film Music of Nino Rota

 

 

 

Film Music of Hans Zimmer

 

 

 

FRACTURE -- score by Mychael and Jeff Danna

 

 

 

LUST, CAUTION -- score by Alexandre Desplat

 

 

Special Merit

Miklos Rozsa: A Centenary Celebration

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER DAWN -- score by William Ross

 

 

 

 

VITUS -- score by Mario Beretta

 

 

And from last year...the return of the Halloween 13...

 

Music for Halloween: A Devilish Dozen + One

 

 

 

 

DVDs:

 

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW (Guest: Dimitri Tiomkin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS & THE RIVER -- music by Virgil Thomson

 

 

 

Book Reviews:

 

 

 

 

Hitchcock's Music by Jack Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

A Composer's Notes:
Remembering Mikos Rozsa
A Personal Recollection by Jeffrey Dane

 

 

 

 

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Centennial Tributes


 

 

 

Gene Autry (1907-1998)

 

 

 

 

John Wayne (1907-1979)

 

 

 

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Film Composer Tributes


Recommended Special Edition DVDs with isolated score tracks:

 

FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
music by Leonard Rosenman
commentary by Jeff Bond
isolated score track with commentary by
Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame,
Nick Redman

 

 

 

 


 

 

JANE EYRE (1944)
music by Bernard Herrmann
commentary by Julie Kirgo, Nick Redman,
Steven Smith
isolated score & F/X track

 

 

 

 

 

VON RYAN'S EXPRESS (1965)
music by Jerry Goldsmith
isolated score track with commentary by
Jon Burlingame, Len Dobbs, Nick Redman
Disc Two: The Music of VON RYAN'S EXPRESS
Featurette

 

 

 

 

Three Film Music Masters:

 

 

 

 

Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar

 

 

 

 


100th Birthday Tribute to Miklos Rozsa and Web Poll

A Tribute to Miklos Rozsa in Washington, DC

 



 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sammy Awards


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read all the 19th Annual Sammy Awards for 2006

click here

See also:

18th Annual Sammy Awards (2005)

The Sammy Awards (1988-2004)

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The Best Film Music


See the FMR choices for

Best Film Music of 2006

Best Film Music of 2005


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