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Film Score Friday 3/23/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first release of Bruce Broughton's score for Disney's 2004 direct-to-video animated film MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS.

Tadlow's second volume of re-recordings of Jerry Goldsmith's Emmy-nominated music from the '60s anthology series THRILLER is available to pre-order, featuring suites and cues from the episodes "The Bride Who Died Twice," "God Grante That She Lye Stille," "Late Date," "Masquerade", "Terror in Teakwood" and "The Weird Tailor" (Amicus fans may remember that the latter story was remade with Peter Cushing and Barry Morse for the 1972 feature Asylum). 

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Film Score Friday 3/16/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/15/2018 - 9:00 PM

 - Nino Rota - Quartet
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Feud: Bette and Joan - Mac Quayle - La-La Land
Love Story 
- Francis Lai - Quartet
 - Georges Delerue - Quartet
The Silence of the Lambs - Howard Shore - Quartet
Tomb Raider
 - Tom Holkenborg - Sony 
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Film Score Friday 2/23/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new expanded score releases, all from Oscar-winning films: Howard Shore's brooding score for 1991's classic THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the most recent film to win all of the "big five" Academy Awards (Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing, Screenplay); Georges Delerue's largely unused score for 1986 Best Picture winner PLATOON; Francis's Lai's 1970 Best Score winner LOVE STORY, featuring a remastered version of the orignial LP tracks plus a restored version of the film's score tracks; and a two-disc edition of Nino Rota's score for Federico Fellini's autobiographical Foreign Language Oscar winner AMARCORD.

The latest CD in Varese Sarabande's limited edition "We Hear You" series is a two-disc set featuring Peter Bernstein's music for the popular undercover cop TV series 21 JUMP STREET, which later spawned two smash hit comedy feature sequels and helped make Johnny Depp a household name.

Alexandre Desplat's score for THE SHAPE OF WATER won BAFTA's award for Original Music.

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Film Score Friday 2/16/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
Along with their four-disc BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER set, La-La Land has also just released a new CD of Jack Nitzsche's score for the 1985 Romancing the Stone sequel THE JEWEL OF THE NILE (the original soundtrack release featured less than seven minutes of score).


 - Jorge Aliaga - Rosetta
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer - Christophe Beck, Carter Burwell, Shawn Clement, Robert Duncan, Sean Murray, Thomas Wander - La-La Land
The Commuter 
- Roque Banos - Varese Sarabande
Fifty Shades Freed
 - Danny Elfman - Backlot
Game Night - Cliff Martinez - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ivan the Terrible
 - Sergei Prokofiev - Capriccio
The Jewel of the Nile
- Jack Nitzsche - La-La Land

Red de Libertad
 - Oscar Martin Leanizabarrutia - Rosetta
 - Matthew Margeson - Rambling (import)
Salvatore - Questa e La Vita
 - Paolo Vivaldi - Kronos
Waco - Jeff Russo, Gordon Gagne - Sony [CD-R] 

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Film Score Friday 2/9/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is the fourth volume of Alan Silvestri's Emmy-winning music from the popular TV series COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY.

Next week, La-La Land plans to release a four-disc set of music from the beloved BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, dominated, not surprisingly, by cues from episode scores by the series most prolific composer, Christophe Beck, but also featuring cues by Shawn Clement & Sean Murphy, Robert Duncan, and Thomas Wanker (who now goes by Thomas Wander), as well as Carter Burwell's previously unreleased score for the 1992 feature (starring Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens) that inspired the series.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that as part of their "Oscar Week" public events celebrating several of the categories, they will hold an OSCAR CONCERT (the last one was four years ago, and included Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman and John Williams conducting selections from their nominated scores) on Wednesday, February 28 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. According to the press release:

Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen. 
The evening opens with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film UP. Organized into vignettes, the program explores the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage. The evening closes with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees.

The press release lists the full program as currently planned: 
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Film Score Friday 2/2/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/1/2018 - 9:00 PM
Last weekend the latest Grammy Awards were announced, including the following film music-related categories:

La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
La La Land - Various Artists
"How Far I'll Go" [from Moana] - Lin-Manuel Miranda

John Williams won the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Grammy for his "Escapades For Alto Saxophone And Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can," while Randy Newman won Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his song "Putin."

JOHN MORRIS 1926 - 2018
John Morris was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on October 18, 1926.  He began playing the piano at the age of three, and studied throughout his childhood in Independence, Kansas, before pursuing advanced studies in New York at the Julliard School and The New School for Social Research. Through the 1950s and 60s he was regularly employed in the Broadway theater, providing dance arrangements for such musicals as Pipe Dream, Bells Are Ringing, Bye Bye Birdie and Sherry! (the short-lived musical version of The Man Who Came to Dinner, with songs by the unlikely team of Laurence Rosenthal and James Lipton) as well as serving as Musical Director for Wildcat and All American.
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Film Score Friday 1/26/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a three-disc set spotlighting what is arguably Alan Silvestri's greatest score -- director Robert Zemeckis' dazzling 1988 hybrid of live-action and animation, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. The Intrada Roger Rabbit is a whopping three-disc set -- Disc One features 70 minutes of the film's original score; Disc Two features the remaining 28 minutes of score, 8 minutes of alternates and additional cues, and the scores to three Roger Rabbit shorts -- Rollercoaster Rabbit (Bruce Broughton), Trail Mix-Up (Broughton) and Tummy Trouble (James Horner); Disc Three features the cues from the original 1988 soundtrack release, including the song "Why Don't You Do Right?" performed by Amy Irving, the singing voice of Jessica Rabbit.

For those who didn't happen to notice the column directly below this one, here again are this year's Oscar nominees in the music categories:


 - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
 - Alexandre Desplat
 - John Williams
- Carter Burwell


"MIGHTY RIVER" - Mudbound - Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"MYSTERY OF LOVE" - Call Me By Your Name - Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"REMEMBER ME" - Coco - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP FOR SOMETHING" - Marshall - Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"THIS IS ME" - The Greatest Showman - Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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Film Score Friday 1/19/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/18/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to announce one new release next week.


Boquitos Pintadas - Waldo de los Rios - Rosetta
 - Santi Vega - Rosetta
 - Don Davis - Dragon's Domain
The Long Road Home - Jeff Beal - Varese Sarabande
 - Benjamin Wallfisch - Varese Sarabande
The Rendezvous
 - Austin Wintory - Varese Sarabande
24 Hours to Live 
- Tyler Bates - Varese Sarabande 

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Film Score Friday 1/12/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/11/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc edition of composer Michael Kamen's biggest box-office hit, the revisionist 1991 swashbucker ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater and the late Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham. The original soundtrack release on Morgan Creek featured 50 minutes of Kamen's score; Intrada's edition features 110 minutes plus 24 minutes of extras (though it does not include the film's hit song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", which earned Kamen his first Oscar nomination).

The latest release from La-La Land is STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE VOL. 2,  a four disc set featuring episode scores by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthy and Gregory Smith.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new soundtracks in their Limited Edition series of contemporary score CDs - the National Geographic Iraq War docudrama series THE LONG ROAD HOME, scored by five-Emmy winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards); the 2017 documentary MULLY, scored by Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049, Hidden Figures, It); and the adventure film THE RENDEZVOUS, scored by Austin Wintory (Captain Abu Raed, Grace).

BAFTA has announced their 2017 award nominations, including Original Music:

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
DARKEST HOUR - Dario Marianelli
DUNKIRK - Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD - Jonny Greenwood
THE SHAPE OF WATER - Alexandre Desplat

Last weekend, Desplat's Shape of Water won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, while Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won Best Original Song - Motion Picture for The Greatest Showman's "This Is Me."

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Film Score Friday 1/5/18
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/4/2018 - 9:00 PM
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new releases in their Limited Edition series of contemporary scores next Monday.


A Common Enemy - Alejandro Roman - Rosetta
The Death of Stalin - Christopher Willis - MKVA (import)
A Dream Come True
 - Javier Quilis - Saimel
Howards End - Nico Muhly - Milan (import)
Jose Nieto 75 Aniversario
 - Jose Nieto - Saimel
Lady Bird - Jon Brion - Lakeshore 
Queen's Messenger 
- Stelvio Cipriani - Kronos
 - Lucas Vidal - Rosetta
Shadow Girl
 - Jorge Aliaga - Rosetta

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Today in Film Score History:
March 24
Alberto Colombo died (1954)
Alex North wins an Honorary Oscar, “in recognition of his brilliant artistry in the creation of memorable music for a host of distinguished motion pictures;” John Barry wins his fourth Oscar, for the Out of Africa score (1986)
Arthur B. Rubnstein begins recording his score for WarGames (1983)
Brian Easdale wins his only Oscar, for The Red Shoes score (1949)
Fred Steiner's score for the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" is recorded (1967)
Gabriel Yared wins the Dramatic Score Oscar for The English Patient; Rachel Portman wins the second Comedy or Musical Score Oscar, for Emma (1997)
Ira Newborn begins recording his score for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
John Barry begins recording his score for The Deep (1977)
John Barry wins his fifth and final Oscar, for the Dances With Wolves score; Stephen Sondheim wins his first Oscar, for the song
Michael Masser born (1941)
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