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Volume 16

Number 1

January - June 2014

 

Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger Hall


Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


 

 

 

 

Main Titles (click on the links)

Latest news

Classic FM Hall of Fame

International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards

The Sammy Film Music Awards (Sammys)

Best Film Music CDs of 2013

Ratings and List of FMR Online Issues

Film In Focus - A series about classic films and film scores

Editor's Choices and CD Reviews

Recommended DVDs and Books

FMR Editorials

 

 

 

 

 

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CD: It's Magic - A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration
of movie songs by 4 time Oscar-winning lyricist, Sammy Cahn

 

 

 

CD Review: Broadway to Hollywood
Richard Glazier, piano

 

 

 

Gershwin

Music, By George!
A Tribute to George Gershwin

 

 

 

 

Bernard Herrmann: A Celebration of His Life and Music
article about a radio documentary by Steve Vertlieb

 


 

 

An informative resource guide on DVD-ROM,
with illustrated book, 50 music examples and a video program.
Read more about the updated 5th edition at this link,

A Guide to Film Music

 

 

Classic FM (CFM) Hall of Fame

From the list of 300, these are the films scores and video game soundtrackds chosen
by listeners and readers of this magaizne and radio program.
It is a popularity survey from a UK audience
but it illustrates how earlier film scores (1930s-1960s)
are not as popular these days except for hardcore classic film fans:

300: INCEPTION – Hans Zimmer
291: DOCTOR WHO – Murray Gold
289: JOURNEY (video game soundtrack) – Austin Wintory
249: WALKING THE DOG (from SHALL WE DANCE)– George Gershwin
240: E.T. – John Williams
203:  WILDE – Debbie Wiseman
201: THE HOBBIT – Howard Shore

186: DAMBUSTERS – Eric Coates
183: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN – John Williams
177: KINGDOM HEARTS (video game soundtrack)– Yoko Skimomora
146: HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE – John Williams
137: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL -
Klaus Badelt
136: JURASSIC PARK – John Williams
134: OUT OF AFRICA – John Barry
107: DANCES WITH WOLVES – John Barry

105: GLADIATOR – Hans Zimmer
98: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET – Craig Armstrong
96: DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT (includes Warsaw Concerto) –
Richard Addinsell
85: LADIES IN LAVENDER – Nigel Hess
75: KINGDOMS OF AMALUR (video game) – Grant Kirkhope
67: STAR WARS – John Williams
66: THE MISSION – Ennio Morricone
62: SCHINDLER’S LIST – John Williams
54: Viva Piñata (video game) – Grant Kirkhope
52: WORLD OF WARCRAFT (video game) – Russell Brower
50: BANJO KAZOOIE (video game) – Grant Kirkhope
40: THE ASHOKAN FAREWELL (TV soundtrack) – Jay Ungar
24: THE LORD OF THE RINGS – Howard Shore
17: THE ELDER SCROLLS SERIES (video game) – Jeremy Soule
7: FINAL FANTASY SERIES (video game) –Nonuo Uematsu

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Favorite Film Music Poll

 

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15th Anniversary Film Music Review

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National Carry A Tune Week 2014

 

 

In Memory of Ray Harryhausen

Article: From The Land Beyond Beyond:
An Intimate Personal Remembrance of Ray Harryhausen
by Steve Vertlieb


CD Review: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
(In Fond Memory of Ray Harryhausen)
by Roger Hall

 

 

 

 


John Williams: A Film Music Tribute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See also these pages:


100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

Top Ten Movie Song Favorites

Twenty Essential Hollywood Musicals

 

Now On DVD

A play with music by Roger Hall,
based on a chapter of the famous utopian novel,
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy,
now available on a multi-media DVD titled,

The Musical Telephone: A Romantic Narrative

 

 

 

 

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS; COMPOSERS FROM POLAND, SPAIN, DOMINATE

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2013. This year’s awards have a real international flavor, with the top awards going to composers primarily from Poland and Spain, but also from France, Japan and Argentina.

The award for Score of the Year goes to Polish composer ABEL KORZENIOWSKI for his beautiful score for director Carlo Carlei’s new cinematic version of the classic Shakespeare story of tragically doomed love, ROMEO AND JULIET. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called the score an “epic romance”, and felt that the film “inspired greatness out of the right composer”, while IFMCA member Jon Broxton said that Korzeniowski “is a composer who is not afraid to bring out the deeper sentiments in a film through his music, and it’s so refreshing to hear music from a man who so clearly understands what good film music can achieve”.

Korzeniowski was also named Composer of the Year, having not only scored Romeo and Juliet, but also the surreal fantasy ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, which underscored the story of a man gradually losing his grip on reality while visiting a theme park with a soaring satire of traditional Disneyland music. The score for Romeo and Juliet was also named Best Score for a Drama Film. These are the second, third and fourth IFMCA awards for Korzeniowski, who previously won the Drama Score award for A SINGLE MAN IN 2009.

The IFMCA’s ongoing recognition of emerging talent in the film music world this year spotlights Bordeaux, France native LAURENT EYQUEM, who was named Breakthrough Composer of the Year. Having made his film music debut just five years ago in 2008, Eyquem impressed the IFMCA greatly with two spectacular scores in 2013: director Ronald Maxwell’s epic civil war drama COPPERHEAD, and a biopic of the great South African civil rights leader WINNIE MANDELA, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. Eyquem’s emotional orchestral music for these projects really struck a chord with the IFMCA membership.

Spanish composer ROQUE BAÑOS wrote the IFMCA’s Film Music Composition of the Year, and won the Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score award for his astonishingly brutal, violent, brilliant orchestral music for the remake of the horror classic EVIL DEAD. Employing huge orchestral and choral forces, as well as the eerie tones of an air raid siren, Baños’s score is a wonderful example of the best in contemporary horror movie scoring, and the composition of the year – “Abominations Rising” – is a tour-de-force of power, intensity, and musical excellence. This is the first IFMCA Award win for Baños, who was previously nominated for his score TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS in 2011.

The various other genre awards were won by THEODORE SHAPIRO for director Ben Stiller’s globetrotting comedy-drama THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY; Spanish composer VÍCTOR REYES for the ingenious classical music thriller GRAND PIANO; Japanese composer JOE HISAISHI for his warm score for director Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film THE WIND RISES; and CONRAD POPE for his exquisite music for the artistic documentary TIM’S VERMEER.

In the non-film categories, Argentine composer FEDERICO JUSID won the award for Best Original Score for a Television Series for his outstanding work on the most recent season of the Spanish historical TV drama ISABEL, while French composer OLIVIER DERIVIÈRE won the award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media for his creative, unconventional score for the reality-altering REMEMBER ME.

La-La Land Records won the Best Archival Release of an Existing Score – Compilation award for their superb work on Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn’s classic action scores in the LETHAL WEAPON series, released in a lavish 4-CD set by producers Neil S. Bulk and MV Gerhard. They also continued their monopoly of the Film Music Record Label of the Year category, winning for the fourth straight year, and solidifying their position at the top of the list of labels specializing in lovingly restoring the greatest film music of the past.

Finally, conductor Nic Raine and producers James Fitzpatrick and Luc Van de Ven won the Best Archival Release of an Existing Score – Re-Release or Re-Recording award for their outstanding re-recording of one of Jerry Goldsmith’s once-lost 1980s action scores, THE SALAMANDER. The IFMCA also chose to present a special award to Welsh composer and orchestrator LEIGH PHILLIPS, who worked with the label on The Salamander. With the original recordings lost and virtually no sheet music to work with, Phillips faithfully re-created the score by ear, watching the film over and over again in order to fully understand Goldsmith’s music. As a result of his diligence, technique and dedication – as well as the subsequent performance by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - this long-desired work has finally been made available to collectors.

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THE WINNERS

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
• ROMEO AND JULIET, music by Abel Korzeniowski

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
• Abel Korzeniowski

BREAKTHROUGH FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
• Laurent Eyquem

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
• ROMEO AND JULIET, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
• THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, music by Theodore Shapiro

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM
• GRAND PIANO, music by Víctor Reyes

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM
• EVIL DEAD, music by Roque Baños

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE
• THE WIND RISES, music by Joe Hisaishi

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
• TIM'S VERMEER, music by Conrad Pope

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES
• ISABEL, music by Federico Jusid

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA
• REMEMBER ME, music by Olivier Deriviére

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE - RE-RELEASE OR RE-RECORDING
• THE SALAMANDER, music by Jerry Goldsmith; re-recording conducted by Nic Raine; album produced by James Fitzpatrick; liner notes by Frank K. De Wald; album art direction by Paul de Blieck, Johan van den Broeck and GINKO DIGI (Prometheus/Tadlow)

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION
• LETHAL WEAPON Soundtrack Collection, music by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn; album produced by Neil S. Bulk and MV Gerhard; liner notes by Jeff Bond; album art direction by Jim Titus (La-La Land)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
• La-La Land Records, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
• “Abominations Rising” from EVIL DEAD, music by Roque Baños

SPECIAL AWARD
• THE SALAMANDER, score reconstruction by Leigh Phillips

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The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing and broadcasting about original film, television and game music.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 60 members from countries as diverse as Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Mychael Danna’s LIFE OF PI in 2012, John Williams’ WAR HORSE in 2011, John Powell’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON in 2010, Michael Giacchino’s UP in 2009, Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007, James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006, John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004.

Voting Members of the IFMCA from Film Music Review: Roger Hall, Steven Kennedy, and Steve Vertileb.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association visit filmmusiccritics.org or facebook.com/ifmca, follow us at twitter.com/IFMCA, or contact us at press@filmmusiccritics.org

 

 

Sammy Film Music Awards

 

The longest-running awards chosen
exclusively for film music recordings

The 26th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards (or Sammys)
the longest-running awards for film music recordings
have been announced.

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Read a special remembrance of
the man these awards are named after,


"High Hopes" -
Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

 

 

 

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 

 

The Best Film Music CDs of 2013

 

Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 


Read our film music critics picks for

Best Film Music Releases of 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

2013 (Volume 15)

Number 1 (Winter-Spring)

Number 2 (Summer - Fall)


2012 (Volume 14)

Number 1 (Winter-Spring)

Number 2 (Summer-Fall)


2011 (Volume 13 )

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2010 (Volume 12)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2009 (Volume 11)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)


2008
(Volume 10)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

Volumes 1 - 7
These reviews no longer available online.

These reviews are included on
the DVD,
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC (4th edition)

 

Index to Volumes 1 - 14
(1998-2012)

nInCDs, DVDs and Book Reviews)

 

 

 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 

 

FILM IN FOCUS

 

A series devoted to one film and its film score,
from the 1930s to 1960s

 

No. 1: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and
Hugo Friedhofer's Oscar-winning score

 

 

 

No. 2: PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE and
Miklós Rózsa's score

 

 

 

 

No. 3: KING KONG and
Max Steiner's milestone score

 

 

 

 

No. 4: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and
Elmer Bernstein's score


 

 

 

No. 5: VERTIGO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 


No. 6: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and
Dimitri Tiomkin's score

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 7: THE SONG OF BERNADETTE and
Alfred Newman's Oscar-winning film score

 

 

 

 

No. 8: SOME LIKE IT HOT and
Adolph Deutsch's score

 

 

 

 

 


No. 9: PSYCHO and
Bernard Herrmann's score

 

 

 

 

No. 10: CITIZEN KANE and
Bernard Herrmann's first film score

 

 

 

 

No. 11: HIGH NOON and
Dimitri Tiomkin's classic film score

 

 


No. 12: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and
Elmer Bernstein's greatest film score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor's Choices and CD Reviews


 

CD Reviews

 

FANTASTIC VOYAGE - music by Leonard Rosenman

 

 

 

 

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

 

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(Blu-ray Special Edition)
Music by Bernard Herrmann


Isolated score track and
commentary by film & music historians: John Morgan,
Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

 

 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)
Music by Bernard Herrmann



 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

 

 

 


 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)
Music by Alfred Newman


Commentary by
film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

RecoRecommended Books

 

The Hollywood Film Music Reader
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

Pick Yourself Up - Dorothy Fields and The American Musical
by Charlotte Greenspan

 

mmended Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Film Score Guides)

 

Alex North's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
A Film Score Guide
by Annette Davison

 

 

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