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 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 8:05 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

A few unknown little gems, from my latest film score article - the first of 2014 - which takes a look at the best film scores released in Germany in 2013 (it will be the first of several, each covering a different country), with capsule reviews of 11 releases. The scores covered are:

- THE BUTTERFLY'S DREAM by Rahman Altin
- COLETTE by Atli Örvarsson
- DIE ANDERE HEIMAT: CHRONIK EINER SEHNSUCHT by Michael Riessler
- DIE NORDSEE: UNSER MEER by Oliver Heuss
- HEUTE BIN ICH BLOND by Johan Hoogewijs
- IN EINEM WILDEN LAND by Karim Sebastian Elias
- NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON by Annette Focks
- OSTWIND: ZUSAMMEN SIND WIR FREI by Annette Focks
- RUBINROT by Philipp F. Kölmel
- UNSERE MÜTTER UNSERE VÄTER by Fabian Römer
- VERGISS MEIN NICHT by Jessica de Rooij

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/01/05/best-of-2013-in-film-music-germany/

Check them out - I absolutely recommend COLETTE (a gorgeous drama score with stunning string writing), DIE NORDSEE: UNSER MEER (a nature documentary with some lovely, lyrical passages) and especially RUBINROT, a big old-fashioned fantasy adventure score, with huge action cues and soaring themes.

Jon

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2014 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

Mario Millo's "The Lighthorsemen". Yeah, the score is a rare one but it ranks in my top 5. Rousing action with great thematic cues. Just fabulous.

Oh, so you are alive! razz

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

You all know me as an old git who refuses to move with the times, believing that Jerry Goldsmith wrote his last truly great score in 1977, and having zero interest in anything that happened in the world after about that year.

So I am very pleasantly surprised by David Arnold's FOUR BROTHERS. I can't remember why I even bought it (instead of yet another old thing by Miklós Rózsa or somebody). That one doesn't seem to get a lot of mention. Or perhaps I just wasn't paying attention.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

(Deleted due to repeating myself).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

You all know me as an old git who refuses to move with the times, believing that Jerry Goldsmith wrote his last truly great score in 1977, and having zero interest in anything that happened in the world after about that year.

So I am very pleasantly surprised by David Arnold's FOUR BROTHERS. I can't remember why I even bought it (instead of yet another old thing by Miklós Rózsa or somebody). That one doesn't seem to get a lot of mention. Or perhaps I just wasn't paying attention.


Of all the great scores written since 1977 - of which there are literally hundreds - you chose FOUR BROTHERS to single out?? Wow!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Mario Millo's "The Lighthorsemen". Yeah, the score is a rare one but it ranks in my top 5. Rousing action with great thematic cues. Just fabulous.

Funny you mention that, I received a copy today.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A nice nifty score for a film called CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU-83- composed by RAY COOK who sadly died at the young age of 52.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

You all know me as an old git who refuses to move with the times, believing that Jerry Goldsmith wrote his last truly great score in 1977, and having zero interest in anything that happened in the world after about that year.

So I am very pleasantly surprised by David Arnold's FOUR BROTHERS. I can't remember why I even bought it (instead of yet another old thing by Miklós Rózsa or somebody). That one doesn't seem to get a lot of mention. Or perhaps I just wasn't paying attention.



I began this thread so members could share those little gems that they happen upon and want to recommend to others. I appreciate you sharing this. I happen to absolutely love this movie. It is gritty, violent, improbable but amazingly entertaining. The message is beyond brotherly love. After saying all that, I never gave it much thought from a musical standpoint. Now I will.

One member's gem may not be another's.

It also helps that I am a big Donnie Wahlberg fan.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I too really like Four Brothers and Mark Wahlberg. The movie had heart underneath all the violence, and I do remember some decent music in various scenes.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)



You may also enjoy this remarkable score, a true unheralded gem by French composer Serge Franklin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbDFl2oeMGk

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)



Another gem by French composer Jacques Loussier. Apart from a CD on Harkit, the only other CD source for this music (four tracks) is a now OOP compilation on the PlayTime label. Time for a re-release of this wonderful and sophisticated score.

Downloadable from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-only-love-once/id380938009

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



Another gem by French composer Jacques Loussier. Apart from a CD on Harkit, the only other CD source for this music (four tracks) is a now OOP compilation on the PlayTime label. Time for a re-release of this wonderful and sophisticated score.

Downloadable from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-only-love-once/id380938009


Track 7 is wonderful!

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



I just discovered River Queen - Karl Jenkins - lovely

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

From A Far Country- Wojciech Kilar

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

From A Far Country- Wojciech Kilar

Yes, this along with The Portrait of a Lady. Wonderful suggestions.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2014 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

You may also enjoy this remarkable score, a true unheralded gem by French composer Serge Franklin.



Absolutely wonderful score, I agree. In fact, I should listen to it RIGHT NOW!

 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2014 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)



Beau Père by Phillipe Sarde. While Sarde is not unknown or obscure around these parts, this score probably is. The entire soundtrack consists of variations on a one (beautiful) theme reflecting the state of mind of the titular character, a cocktail lounge pianist.

This particular cue is titled 'Grosse Déprime'. Both melancholy and sad, never has depression sounded so good.

BTW - This is a great thread edwzoomom. So nice to discover new music in friendly and convivial environment. Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

My second "geographical" film score article takes a look at the best film scores released in France in 2013, with capsule reviews of 5 releases. The scores covered are:

- FLIGHT OF THE STORKS by Éric Neveux
- JEUNE ET JOLIE by Philippe Rombi
- JIMMY P. by Howard Shore
- MA MAMAN EST EN AMÉRIQUE, ELLE A RENCONTRÉ BUFFALO BILL by Fabrice Aboulker
- QUAI D’ORSAY by Philippe Sarde

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/01/18/best-of-2013-in-film-music-france/

Check them out - I especially recommend QUAI D'ORSAY (an energetic, spry and witty comedy score) and JEUNE ET JOLIE (an elegant and romantic drama very typical of Rombi's style).

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Dr. Voorhees   (Member)

'Ink' by Jamin Winans.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2014 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   batroc   (Member)

Do these count as "unknown" gems?

One of Barry's last, SWEPT FROM THE SEA, a haunting, classic Barry Romance score…
HAUNTING OF JULIA (aka FULL CIRCLE), an early synth score by Colin Town…
BRIGHT STAR by Mark Bradshaw…
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL by David Torn…
THE DUELLISTS by Howard Blake…
NOIR (anime) by Yuki Kajiyura…
HANNIE CALDER by Ken Thorne ( a great Bernstein-esque Western score!)…
FALLEN ANGELS by Frankie Chan & Roel A. Garcia…

I think Mark Isham's score for THE BEAST probably still qualifies as relatively "unknown" also...

 
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