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Volume 9

Number 6 (November - December 2007)


Editor and Publisher:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


FILM MUSIC REVIEW

is an online e-zine focused more on older soundtracks,

but also has reviews of new soundtracks too.


Contents

Latest News

Film Focus: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (Friedhofer) and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE (Rozsa)

FMR Anniversary

Ratings and FMR Issues

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month Reviews (November - December)

Other Reviews (CDs, DVDs, Books)

Centennial Tributes to Gene Autry and John Wayne

Film Composer Tributes

The Sammy Awards

The Best Fim Music

 

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Latest News


Film Music Books:

The new updated 3rd edition of A Guide to Film Music - Songs and Scores is available from PineTree Press.

It covers the years from 1926 to 2006.

For a limited time, if you order this guide you will also receive a Free accompanying CD-R of music examples.

To read about this film music guide, go to

Film Composers and Soundtracks

 

 

See the list of other film music books at the

FMR Home Page

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From FMR's Steve Vertlieb:

As a year-end salute to the birth centennial of one of the greatest film music masters from the past there will a nine day, seventeen film series titled

"Legendary Composer: Miklós Rózsa"

This series will be at the famed Castro Theatre in San Francisco from 26 December 2007 to 3 January 2008.

Steve Vertlieb has written the program notes for each of the films in this series and will be there for the opening of the festival with special guests, including the late composer's daughter Juliet Rózsa, and other dignitaries. For the complete series of film titles and descriptions, click on this link :

The Castro Theatre

Read Steve's two-part series on...

"Screening Music: On the art and history of music composed for film"

"Screening Music, Part 2: The advent of the soundtrack album and a year in celebration of Miklós Rózsa"

Also read his review of the Naxos CD at this link:

Miklós Rózsa:.  Violin Concerto & Sinfonia Concertante

See his column, "Vertlieb's Views," at The Thunder Child:

"Frenzied Genius: The Romantic Passion of Bernard Herrmann"

            A Magical "Tribute" to Bernard Herrmann     

 

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Tiomkin's WONDERFUL LIFE

At this time of year, many people watch the classic Frank Capra film, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. The soundtrack for this film by Dimitri Tiomkin has continued to grow in popularity along with the film. There are two soundtrack recordings available.

The first one has a 30 minute suite from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE including music cut from the film. Also featured are suites from two other classic film scores: Addinsell's A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Mockridge's MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by David Newman.

Click on this link for the CD: Sundance Film Music Series, Vol. 1

The other one features "the most memorable moments from the movie --in music and in dialogue." Portions of Tiomkin's original score are included on this Nick at Nite CD titled,
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - The Record

 

 

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Carry A Tune for Film Music

The lists for this annual event include film music. Click the links.

National Carry A Tune Week 2007

National Carry A Tune Week 2006

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Film Composers and Hall of Fame

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

Tunemaker Hall of Fame

 

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Film Focus


 

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

 

 

Hugo Friedhofer and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

[NEW] The second in the series - about a great historical score...

 

Miklós Rózsa and PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

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FMR 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 some of the essential scores from the 1930s to 1990s?

Here is a list of...

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

See also Steve Vertlieb's

Recollections of Rózsa

 

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Ratings and FMR Issues


Here is the FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Outstanding ( Highly Recommended)

*** = Good (Okay)

**1/2 = Fair (Nothing Special)

** = Mediocre ( Barely Passable)

* = Poor (Save Your Money)

Only those soundtracks which receive ***1/2 or **** 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:

ALIEN (2 CDs)

AMAZING STORIES - Anthology Three [Special Merit]

ATONEMENT [Special Merit]

ELIZABETH: The Golden Age

LUST, CAUTION

Miklós Rózsa: A Centenary Celebration(3 CD Set)[Special Merit]

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP [Special Merit]

For past reviews from 2007:

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Volume 9/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 9/Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 9/Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 9/Number 4 (July - August)

Volume 9/Number 5 (September - October)

 

For past reviews from 2006:

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

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 Reviews


Best of the Month for November

 

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

 

 

Best of the Month for December
[Two CDs from a New Record Label]

 

FAHRENHEIT 451 and WALKING DISTANCE
(Bernard Herrmann)

 

 

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
(Bernard Herrmann)

 

 

 

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Other Reviews


CDs:

 

 

Featured Review


STAR WARS -30th Anniversary Edition (8 CD Set)

 

 

 

Alien [Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

 

ALIEN (2 CDs) -- score by Jerry Goldsmith

 

 

 

 

Special Merit

ATONEMENT -- score by Dario Marianelli

 

 

 

 

BEE MOVIE -- original music by Rupert Gregson-Williams

 

 

 

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER --
score by Laurie Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST HITS

 

 

 

The Kite Runner

 

 

THE KITE RUNNER -- score by Alberto Iglesias

 

 

 

 

MASTERS AND COMMANDERS -
Music from Seafaring Film Classics

 

 

 

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING

 

 

 

 

Special Merit

THE WATER HORSE -- score by James Newton Howard

 

 

Youth Without Youth

 

 

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH -- score by Osvaldo Golijov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Miklós Rózsa --
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

 

 

 

 

Two Recommended DVDs of films with recent CD reviews:

 

 

 

DVD: FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966)
(includes excellent bonus feature on "The Music of Fahrenheit 451")

CD Review: FAHRENHEIT 451

 

 

 

 

DVD: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961)

CD Review: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

 

 

 

 

Three Film Music Masters

 

 

 

 

Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar

 

 

 

 


100th Birthday Tribute to Miklós Rózsa and Web Poll

A Tribute to Miklós Rózsa in Washington, DC

 



 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sammy Awards


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sammys are chosen by film music historian Roger Hall from film music CDs released between January 2006 and January 2007.

To read all the 19th Annual Sammy Awards

click here

See also:

18th Annual Sammy Awards 2005

The Sammy Awards 1988-2004

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The Best Film Music


According to FMR reviewers, these are the...

Best Film Music Releases of 2006

Best Film Music Releases of 2005


 

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