Sunday, November 22, 2020 from the motion picture...composed and orchestrated by Rachel Portman


Rachel Portman's score for Emma is an absolutely perfect fit for the film and won an Academy Award for the composer, a first for a woman in the category. The score is sweet and soothing, at times humorous and at times almost luminous. It is that rare perfect marriage of movie and soundtrack; it's impossible to enjoy one without the other. The light-classical themes perfectly recall the ethereal, good-hearted intentions of Jane Austen's heroine, so enchantingly played by Gwyneth Paltrow. While much of the disc is repetitive, it hardly matters. No one can tire of such beautiful aural pictures. 


Monday, November 9, 2020 from the motion picture...original music composed by Elliot Goldenthal


 "Frida," Julie Taymor's superb biopic which portrays the turbulent life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, is highlighted by Elliot Goldenthal's extraordinary soundtrack and score. Goldenthal, a student of both Aaron Copland and John Corigliani, and director Taymor's husband, states in the CD's linear notes that when scoring the music he took the approach of "melodic intimacy" - scoring with melodies or tunes as opposed to motific fragments. 

The film is highly successful in bringing to life not only Ms. Kahlo's story, but the vivid colors and richly textured culture of Mexico. In the same mode, Mr. Goldenthal emphasizes Mexico's musical tradition with his score - filled with the rich, evocative sound of song and music indigenous to the region. The composer has explored and displayed the area's folk music and incorporated it with his own minimalist style and some outstanding songwriting. He has stated, "... that it was a difficult task to capture the 'spirit of Mexican music' since it varies so much around different regions." However, his choice to stay true to the simplicity of the country's rhythms and themes is on target. 



Sunday, November 1, 2020

Amelie..a film by Jean-Pierre from the motion by Yann Tiersen


Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain; English: The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 French-German romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while struggling with her own isolation.

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet chanced upon the accordion and piano-driven music of Yann Tiersen while driving with his production assistant who put on a CD he had not heard before. Greatly impressed, he immediately bought Tiersen's entire catalogue and eventually commissioned him to compose pieces for the film. The soundtrack features both compositions from Tiersen's first three albums, as well as new items, variants of which can be found on his fourth album, L'Absente, which he was writing at the same time.

Besides the accordion and piano, the music features parts played with harpsichord, banjo, bass guitar, vibraphone, and even a bicycle wheel at the end of "La Dispute" (which plays over the opening titles in the motion picture). 



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thin Red Line ...original motion picture composed by Hans Zimmer


Hans Zimmer, trying to avoid war-movie clichés, accompanies the dramatized carnage at Guadalcanal with a weepy and wistful score. Like the Terrence Malick film, the music, with its sad violins and underscored orchestra, invokes a war that is more introspective, a fitting backdrop to the often purple poeticisms in the voice-over narrations. Zimmer provides occasional adaptations to the American folk hymn "Christian Race," but his overall effect is much more otherworldly. Instead of the earthier martial themes associated with warlords or heroes, this is the soundtrack to a melancholy Valhalla, a story seemingly told by battlefield casualties who are already angels. Less predictable is a brief closing track (written by Francesco Lupica) strangely titled "Sit Back & Relax" that sends out a surreal "cosmic beam." --Joseph Lanza (Amazon review)

Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for "Thin Red Line" reminds one of his later work for the movie "Gladiator". At once forboding and ethereal, this soundtrack captures the essence of the island-to-island fighting that characterized the Pacific Theatre of WW2. One never knows what danger lurks behind an innocent palm or in the verdant jungles. In the midst of this are the innocent sounds of Guadacanal's residents singing and the strains of the American folk hymn "Christian Race" that causes one to think of what thoughts the soldiers of both sides might have had about the homes they were so far away from. Hans Zimmer's music creates the mood in the film, and carries it on it's own as a soundtrack. Truly inspired and beautiful.

Thin Red Line


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Master and Commander - The Far Side of the from the motion Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon and Richard Tognetti


A trio of noted Australian musicians--Iva Davies, Richard Tognetti and Christopher Gordon--composed the film's score. They previously collaborated on "The Ghost of Time," a piece commissioned for the Millennium celebrations in Sydney, which came to the attention of Peter Weir. The director was so impressed, he played the piece on the Master And Commander set throughout production, and he asked its creators to write the music for his movie. 

The score interweaves "Old World" and "New World" music, reflecting the talents and backgrounds of its composers. Iva Davies hails from both pop and classical traditions; Richard Tognetti, one of the world's great violin virtuosos, taught Russell Crowe the ins and outs of the instrument; and film/television composer Christopher Gordon brought orchestral texture to the project. 

Given the period, it comes as no surprise that the score is infused with source music from Bach (Cello Suite) and Mozart, among other great classical composers. Percussion dominates portions of the score. "Drums signal the forward movement of the ship," says Davies, "that it's on a mission. It brings you back into the action." The score's biggest surprise comes with its use of synthesizers. "Peter doesn't make films in the expected way," says Davies, "and for that reason we wanted the score to be not what everyone expected. Peter wanted some scenes to have what I call a kind of 'futuristic' sense"--conveying the idea that these 19th century sailors were cutting-edge explorers. 

1     The Far Side Of The World    
2     Into The Fog    
3     Violin Concerto No. 3 "Strassburg" K.216, 3rd Movement    
4     The Cuckold Comes Out Of The Amery    
5     Smoke N'Oakum    
6     Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis    
7     Adagio From Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.8 In G Minor, Christmas Concerto    
8     The Doldrums    
9     Prelude (From The Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 In G Major    
10     The Galapagos    
11     Folk Medley    
11.a     O'Sullivan's March    
11.b     The Cuckold Comes Out Of The Amery    
11.c     Mother Hen    
11.d     Mary Scott    
11.e     Nancy Dawson    
12     The Phasmid    
13     The Battle    
14     La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid (No 6, Op. 30)    
15     Full Circle

                                        Master and Commander


Friday, October 2, 2020

Shakespeare In Love: music from the motion picture....composed and orchestrated by Stephen Warbeck


Perhaps best known for his soundtrack to Mrs. Brown, Stephen Warbeck's score for Shakespeare in Love follows a similar pattern: Elizabethan themes and light string melodies work together to span a spectrum of moods. An excellent accompaniment to the movie: joyous, lyrical, sweeping, with a nice balance of theme music and incidental music. The same vibrant energy as the movie: throbbing cellos, dancing piccolos, violins by turns weeping and soaring. It stands alone as a 'concert piece' as well as being evocative of an outstanding movie.

Shakespeare In Love



Friday, September 11, 2020

The Last of the Mohicans original motion picture by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman


The score for Michael Mann's Last of the Mohicans is one of the most acclaimed works of modern film music. Composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, these 16 tracks wonderfully convey the scope and majesty of the Academy Award winning film. Features "I Will Find You" by Clannad.

The reason that there are two composers is that co-writer/director Michael Mann originally tasked Jones with composing and performing an electronic score, then realized late in the production process that an orchestral score would work better for a historical epic such as The Last of the Mohicans. Rushed to compose a new score, Jones didn't have time to finish scoring the movie, so Edelman was brought in to compose a handful of pieces. Mann ended up having it both ways, as Jones provided an orchestral score and Edelman a mostly electronic one.

                                           The Last of the Mohicans




Sunday, August 30, 2020 from the motion picture.....various artists


Various ‎– Hollywoodland (Music From The Motion Picture)
Released: 2007
1     –Petr Vronský     Superman M E     0:47
2     –The Platters     The Great Pretender     2:40
3     –Frankie Laine     On The Sunny Side Of The Street     2:46
4     –Lionel Hampton     Flying Home     3:14
5     –Bo Diddley     Bo Diddley     2:29
6     –Conway Twitty     It's Only Make Believe     2:13
7     –Chico O'Farrill     El Cumbanchero     2:34
8     –John Coltrane     Theme For Ernie     4:56
9     –Little Richard     The Girl Can't Help It     2:31
10     –King Pleasure     You're Crying     3:12
11     –Chico O'Farrill     Elephant Walk     3:22
12     –Jerry Butler     He Will Break Your Heart     2:48
13     –Buster Brown     Fannie Mae     2:57
14     –Chico O'Farrill     At Last     3:46 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Lovely and from the motion picture...original score composed and produce by Craig Richey


1     –Deb Talan     Forgiven    
2     –Elwood     Slow    
3     –Josh Rouse     Parts and Accessories    
4     –
Craig Richey     Opening    
5     –
Craig Richey     Elizabeth And Paul Argue    
6     –
Craig Richeys     Elizabeth At Kevin's Part I    
7     –
Craig Richey     Baldasaro    
8     –Pillbox      I Must Be Crazy    
9     –Poetized     The Microphone Song    
10     –
Craig Richey     One Hour Photo    
11     –
Craig Richey     Paul Has No Sympathy    
12     –
Craig Richey     Annie Gets Ready At Mirror    
13     –Eszter Balint     Almost Gone    
14     –
Craig Richey     Elizabeth at Kevin's Part II    
15     –
Craig Richey     Annie At Restaurant    
16     –
Craig Richey    He Looked Lost    
17     –
Craig Richey     Ending    
18     –Craig Richey     Coulda Beena Logger 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

David Lynch's Mulholland from the motion by Angelo Badalamenti

Director David Lynch's affection for kitschy lounge music and emotionally overwrought mid-century pop has long since proven to be more than trend or irony; indeed, it's often the uneasy spiritual axis of his films. The soundtrack of Mulholland Dr. turns on the usual Lynchian motifs (the brooding atmosphere of Angelo Badalamenti's ominous synth-and-orchestra cues tossed with a dash of Lynch's own off-center compositions), yet manages to evoke a sense of foreboding that's distinctly its own.

Badalamenti leads off with a curve, the nervous orchestra swing-romp "Jitterbug," before descending into a dark soundscape that becomes murkier and more avant-goth at every turn. Bubbling through that morass are pop nuggets variously cheesy (Dave Cavanaugh's lounge-ready "The Beast"), lugubriously bluesy (Sonny Boy Williamson's take on Willie Dixon's "Bring It On Home"), and alternately innocent ("I've Told Every Little Star") and liturgical ("Llorando"). Three tracks of the director's own (cowritten with John Neff) skulking Lounge Music from Hell ratchet up the tension even further; it's the perfect garnish for this darkly delicious film-music cocktail. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon review)

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Welcome to from the motion my Mark Mothersbaugh

2003 release scored by Mark Mothersbaugh (founder of Devo), with two smooth pop standards contributed by Paolo Conte

  1. –Paolo Conte     Via Con Me    
  2. –Mark Mothersbaugh     He Needs A Mullinski    
  3. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Know A Safecracker?    
  4. –Toledo Polkamotion     You And Me    
  5. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Cosimo's Funeral    
  6. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Pero's Hot Tip    
  7. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Swagger Theme    
  8. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Who's On The Line    
  9. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Pipe Dance    
  10. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Too Much Red    
  11. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Snappy Puppy    
  12. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Meet Love    
  13. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Maybe It's You    
  14. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Cosimo Escapes    
  15. –Paolo Conte                Come Di    
  16. –Mark Mothersbaugh     Goodbyes

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Anima Mundi ... original soundtrack recording ... music by Philip Glass

Anima Mundi is a triumph both experimentally and cathartically coaxing the listener to the edge of their seat and transporting to an "aural theme park", a feat worthy of John Williams or James Horner. It creates a genuinely engaging musical experience in the minimalist style. Philip Glass fans will adore the variety of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic material, and it's unlike anything else he's done.

While there are clearly moments when it's doing it's duty as a sound track, the overarching theme is one of primal, unadorned noise-making, only orchestrated.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Trespass...original motion picture by Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder ‎– Trespass (Original Motion Picture Score)
Label: Sire ‎– 9 45220-2, Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 45220-2
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1993
Genre: Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Score

1     –Ry Cooder     Video Drive-By     1:54
2     –Ry Cooder     Trespass (Main Title)     1:36
3     –Ry Cooder     East St. Louis     2:00
4     –Ry Cooder     Orgill Bros.     1:40
5     –Ry Cooder     Goose And Lucky     3:32
6     –Ry Cooder     You Think It's On Now     1:37
7     –Ry Cooder     Solid Gold     0:54
8     –Ry Cooder     Heroin     4:08
9     –Ry Cooder     Totally Boxed In     6:45
10     –Ry Cooder     Give Em Cops     2:03
11     –Ry Cooder     Lucy In The Trunk     1:23
12     –Ry Cooder     We're Rich     2:21
13     –Ry Cooder & Jim Keltner     King Of The Street     3:30
14     –Ry Cooder     Party Lights     2:58

Friday, June 5, 2020

Fateless...original motion picture by Ennio Morricone featuring Lisa Gerrard

 Ennio Morricone ‎– Fateless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - 2005

In this movie, a young Hungarian Jew, 14-year-old György Köves (Marcelle Nagy) gets sent off to the camps during the Holocaust. His story is told in such a matter-of-fact way, yet the horrors of his experiences in the camp is credibly portrayed, and has the power to affect viewers. Young György's story is a coming-of-age tale, of a boy who becomes a man during one of the bleakest periods in history. The movie captures the beauty of life amidst horrors, and the power of human endurance.

The movie's soundtrack, composed by Ennio Morricone, is haunting and you can feel yourself being transported to some other plane of existence. The pain and suffering, the beauty, the horror, all of these emotions are felt deeply. Morricone uses the full orchestra - both Morricone and Kalman Strausz conduct the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the soloists used are Ludovico Fulci and Lisa Gerrard.

01     Fateless     3:08
02     Return To Life     5:57
03     The Field     3:30
04     Home Again     1:50
05     The Beginning Of The Tragedy     4:01
06     A Song     1:55
07     At The Table     2:44
08     Psychological Destruction     2:00
09     About Solitude     1:34
10     To Return And Remember     1:54
11     A Voice From The Inside     3:35
12     A Mirror     0:47
13     About Solitude II     2:41
14     Voiceless     1:54
15     Fateless II     4:35

Monday, June 1, 2020

Rock Goes to the Movies...In Dreams featuring Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd

 Various ‎– Rock Goes To The Movies / In Dreams
Released: 1992

1     –Roy Orbison     In Dreams     2:48
2     –Thunderclap Newman     Something In The Air     3:53
3     –The Grateful Dead     Dark Star (excerpt)     2:32
4     –Neil Young     Down By The River     8:54
5     –Pink Floyd     Crumbling Land     4:13
6     –The Byrds     The Ballad Of Easy Rider     2:02
7     –Neil Young     The Loner     3:48
8     –Pink Floyd     Come In Number 51, Your Times Up     4:58
9     –Crosby, Stills & Nash     Long Time Gone     4:15
10     –Jerry Garcia     Love Scene     7:04

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

W./E. (Wallis and Edward) from the motion by Abel Korzeniowski

Abel Korzeniowski ‎– W./E. (Music From The Motion Picture)
Released: 31 Jan 2012

This is the soundtrack of a lifetime. The kind of music that brings you to the heights of life and the lows of dancing in the shadows with death...The entire soundtrack has an aching, haunting sense of loss, fearless passion and intense, bottomless-emotion, feeling to it. It's every experience you listen to music for!

Well done, simple, inspiring, nostalgic, delicate. This is very romantic with lots of calm moments and reflection windows. Yet, the true genius of Abel Korzeniowski is that it never feels slow or monotonous.

Another great aspect of this music is that few people know of it, so you feel sort of privileged when you play a beautiful song almost nobody knows.

Music for the heart and the spirit in a very simple, effective formula.

1     –Abel Korzeniowski     Charms     4:03
2     –Abel Korzeniowski     Duchess Of Windsor     3:09
3     –Abel Korzeniowski     Revolving Door     4:18
4     –Abel Korzeniowski     I Will Follow You     2:32
5     –Abel Korzeniowski     Abdication     5:21
6     –Abel Korzeniowski     Six Hours     3:31
7     –Abel Korzeniowski     Brooklyn Faces     4:53
8     –Abel Korzeniowski     Evgeni's Waltz     3:34
9     –Abel Korzeniowski     Satin Birds     4:30
10     –Abel Korzeniowski     Letters     4:19
11     –Abel Korzeniowski     Dance For Me Wallis     3:08
12     –Madonna     Masterpiece     3:59

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Don McGlashan ‎– An Angel At My Table (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1990 New Zealand movie

Don McGlashan ‎– An Angel At My Table (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released: 1990

1     –Don McGlashan     Opening Credits (Duncan Grey) & Scene 1     2:26
2     –Pat McMinn, Crombie Murdoch & The Nickelodeons     Somebody Stole My Gal     2:35
3     –Don McGlashan     12 Dancing Princesses     1:28
4     –Kathleen Ferrier     An Die Musik     3:05
5     –Don McGlashan & Scott Terzaghi     Janet's Arrival At Seacliff     1:55
6     –David Guerin     Piano Sonata In Bb - Slow Movement     9:18
7     –Ruru Karaitiana Quintette With Pixie Williams     Blue Smoke (Kohu Auwahi)     2:57
8     –Don McGlashan     Day Room At Seacliff (Blue Smoke)     0:30
9     –Don McGlashan     Leaving Seacliff     2:15
10     –Guide Kiri     Po Ata Rue (Now Is The Hour)     2:55
11     –La Niña De Los Peines     Quisiera Yo Renegar (Pentenara)     2:52
12     –La Niña De Los Peines     Ay Pilato (Saeta)     0:46
13     –Don McGlashan     Janet´s Homecoming / Dad´s Boots     1:16
14     –Herma Keil*     The Twist     2:18
15     –Don McGlashan     End Credits (Duncan Gray)     2:11

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Circle of from the original soundtrack...composed and orchestrated by Michael Kamen

This now rare release from 1995 features exquisite themed music composed by Micheal Kamen plus traditional Irish music from The Chieftains, Shane MacGowan and Maire Brennan.

  1. You're The One - Shane MacGowan and Maire Brennan
  2. Ireland 1949
  3. The Cottage
  4. Dublin - The Chieftains
  5. Knock Glen
  6. Air "You're The One" - The Chieftains
  7. Bo Weevil - Fats Domino
  8. Sean
  9. Benny AND Jack
  10. Father's Death
  11. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - Long John Jump Band

Monday, April 13, 2020

Out of Sight from the motion by David Holmes and various artists

David Holmes ‎– Out Of Sight (Music From The Motion Picture)
Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Latin, Funk / Soul, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Score, Samba, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Breaks, Soul, Easy Listening, Mambo, Downtempo
Year: 1998

–The Isley Brothers It’s Your Thing 3:38
–David Holmes I Think You Flooded It 2:04
–Mongo Santamaria Watermelon Man 3:09
–David Holmes Jailbreak 2:18
–Dean Martin Ain’t That A Kick In The Head 2:14
–David Holmes The Trunk Scene 4:44
–David Holmes Foley Part 2 1:38
–David Holmes Rip Rip 3:52
–Willie Bobo Spanish Grease 2:56
–The Isley Brothers Fight The Power (Pt. 2) 5:17
–David Holmes Tub Scene 5:03
–Walter Wanderley One Note Samba 2:08
–David Holmes The Drive To Ripley’s 1:54
–David Holmes Bitch Out 0:59
–David Holmes No More Time Outs 4:07

Saturday, April 4, 2020

1492 Conquest of Paradise music from the original soundtrack..composed and performed by Vangelis

Vangelis ‎– 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise (Music From The Original Soundtrack)
Genre: Electronic, Classical, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Score, Instrumental, Modern Classical, Ambient
Year: 1992

1492: Conquest of Paradise is the 1992 music score to the film of the same name by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis. The film, a recount of the voyage to America in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, was directed by Ridley Scott, for whom Vangelis had previously composed the music score for Blade Runner, in 1982. The album and the single "Conquest of Paradise" enjoyed a revival in 1995 for various reasons and broke many sales records. Due to the soundtrack's success, Vangelis won an Echo Award as "International Artist Of The Year", and RTL Golden Lion Award for the "Best Title Theme for a TV Film or a Series" in 1996. The album was nominated for "Best Original Score - Motion Picture" at the 50th Golden Globe Awards in 1993.

Vangelis plays together with a number of performers, including two Flamenco guitarists and vocalists, violin, mandolin and flutes. As on a number of previous albums by Vangelis, the English Chamber Choir, directed by Guy Protheroe, performs the choral parts.

The sound engineering was done by Philippe Colonna and coordination by French musician Frederick Rousseau (also known for his collaborations with Jean-Michel Jarre), who has been Vangelis's studio partner since the 1980s till the recording of the Alexander soundtrack. Vangelis plays all synthesizers, using mainly string patches but also several ethnic ones, to reflect the character of the film, and electric piano and harp patches. Some calmer, atmospheric pieces (tracks 3, 7, 11 and 12) are entirely performed by Vangelis, using pianos, strings and harp. For the ethnic music, Vangelis consulted with French specialist Xavier Belanger, who has advised other artists on similar issues, including Jean-Michel Jarre.

Opening     1:21
Conquest Of Paradise     4:30
Monastery Of La Rabida     3:24
City Of Isabel     2:08
Light And Shadow     3:31
Deliverance     3:20
West Across The Ocean Sea     2:44
Eternity     1:53
Hispanola     4:39
Moxica And The Horse     6:42
Twenty Eighth Parallel     4:47
Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Into Eternity)     12:37