Night After Night: Music from the Movies of M. Night Shyamalan celebrates one of the richest collaborations between a contemporary film director and a composer – an all-new recording of music for M. Night Shyamalan’s most acclaimed films by the Emmy®- and Grammy®-winning composer and nine-time Oscar® nominee James Newton Howard. The Sony Classical album will be released on October 20, 2023. Included on Night After Night are highlights from Howard’s haunting scores that became part of the identity of eight of Shyamalan’s eerie, mind-bending thrillers – The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013). For this album, James Newton Howard created eight suites that are piano centric and include new and original material.
1 Signs: The Cornfield 2 Signs: After You Were Born 3 Signs: Hand of Fate 4 The Village: Morning - James Newton Howard, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 5 The Village: Noah Visits - James Newton Howard, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 6 The Village: Ivy Saves Lucius - James Newton Howard, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 7 The Sixth Sense: Lonely Boy 8 The Sixth Sense: Ghost in the House 9 The Sixth Sense: Acceptance 10 Lady in the Water: Prologue 11 Lady in the Water: Charades 12 Lady in the Water: Story 13 Lady in the Water: Return to the Blue World 14 Unbreakable: Survivor 15 Unbreakable: Destiny 16 The Last Airbender 17 The Happening: An Event - James Newton Howard, Maya Beiser, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 18 The Happening: Harbinger - James Newton Howard, Maya Beiser, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 19 The Happening: Aftermath - James Newton Howard, Maya Beiser, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 20 After Earth 21 Flow Like Water
This is fantastic! I’ve never been into compilations (always prefer the complete journey, rather than a selective road), but this release will contain new material, and that's very promising! The "Morning" suite from The Village is a beautiful fresh interpretation.
I very much like these types of recordings ("serious" new recordings of film score suites), and it's unfortunate they are not done more frequently, I suppose the audience is too small. I love all these scores and look forward to hear them anew.
The "Morning" suite reminds me of the fact that the soundtrack of The Village is nothing less than a masterpiece. It's so pure and it reaches the same emotional heights that Williams accomplishes with Schindler's List.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that -- with the exception of THE VILLAGE (which is a masterpiece, as another person said above) -- I've never been too thrilled with JNH's Shyamalan scores. Yeah, I know, enormously controversial, but it's not my favourite kind of JNH. But that puny gripe aside, I love the fact that an album like this is coming out. Will definitely check it out.
I do love THE VILLAGE, but its 'too close to Vaughan Williams' leanings place it behind SIGNS and LADY IN THE WATER for me, in the Masterpiece Score stakes. Those are very high bars though. The build up to the finale cues in SIGNS and LITW are brilliant and the actual finale cues are off the chart stupendous. I'd prefer expanded editions of the MNS scores before this 'for the masses' type release, but it's great music being preserved for the casual film music listener. Plus, Flow Like Water. I remember first hearing it while playing the CD (THE LAST AIRBENDER) as I was wrapping Christmas presents and when it came on, I just stopped, thinking WTF. I couldn't do anything else but concentrate fully on the music. I've still never seen the film, to this day, but that piece of music is absolutely fucking incredible (as is most of the score).