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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   FAbso   (Member)

The score composed by Dario Marianelli for the film "A Boy Called Christmas" will be released tomorrow friday 26th of november on digital platforms.

I had the chance to watch the film already on Netflix and just say that the orchestrations by Dario and his collaborator Geoff Alexander are amazing. You can get the essence of both Williams and Elfman kind of Christmas sound, but there is a lot of Marianelli all around, and Shostakovich too, to say just some refferences that come to my mind.

Aunt Ruth's Arrival (01:35)
The Story Begins (02:13)
Lumi's Fairytale (01:12)
A Mouse and a Kingdom (02:21)
The King's Big Ask (01:39)
Aunt Carlotta (02:19)
The Map in the Hat (02:50)
Blitzen (03:13)
Elfhelm, the City of the Elves (03:18)
The Resitance Party (01:15)
Mother Vodol is not Amused (04:13)
The Pixie and the Troll (03:04)
Escape from Elfhelm (03:34)
Nicholas Finds his Father (03:45)
The Precipice (02:39)
Little Kip is Back Home (01:45)
Celebrations (02:30)
Nicholas' Big Idea (03:01)
The Reinfield Standoff (04:31)
Presents Giving (02:40)
It's Christmas! (02:17)
Last Fireworks (02:05)

Total Album Time: 00:58:10

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I wonder if this score will get a CD release too.
Marianelli does quite well with physical releases, more often than not.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Note to the UK folks, the movie's a Sky Original in the UK (it starts tomorrow on Sky Premiere at 10.25am and 8pm).



How knew Christmas was a unisex name?!

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Great that this is getting a release. Still waiting for THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 1 & 2!!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I've never quite gotten fully into Dario Marianelli's music, apart from bits in ATONEMENT and THE BROTHERS GRIMM.
There's something that holds me back from being fully invested.
This sounds okay, but is a tad generic and missing that magic sparkle to me.






 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I will say one thing for him though.

This piece of music...



...never fails to move me to tears.

The emotional wallop of the string elegy and the voices of the soldiers singing as they march to their (probable) deaths is just overwhelming.
It's as good as anything by Ennio Morricone, who it somewhat vibes in its musicality.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

My favorite score of his is SALMON FISHING ON THE YEMEN. Otherwise, I know what you mean, Kev.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Of course. Everyone agrees that he was brilliant up untill the early 2010s. ATONEMENT, SALMON FISHING, JANE EYRE, you name it. But since then, he hasn't wowed me one single time. I don't know what's going on with him -- whether it's the industry or whatever. But I hope to see the return of the great Marianelli one day (A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS wasn't that, sadly).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It sounds like you preferred his Benjamin Wallfisch years, Thor.

 
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