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Matthias Weber's The Dark Valley
19-Apr-2014 - MovieScore Media has released The Dark Valley (Das Finstere Tal), with an ominous score by Matthias Weber. The movie tells the story of the mysterious Greider, a lone horseman who approaches a lone village in the Alps in the late 19th century with revenge on his mind. This interesting hybrid of a film (a story set in the Alps, but made like a western) features a musical score that’s as much of an exciting blend as the story itself. The music for The Dark Valley blends classical music elements with ambient, electronic textures and rhythms, featuring manipulated orchestral sonorities and rare solo instruments like the guitar viol, the alpine horn or the ronroco. The score is performed by the Skopje Film Orchestra whose recording is fronted by artists like Tina Guo (cello), Lisbeth Scott (ronroco) and Eliana Burki (alpine horn).
The music is digitally available from MovieScore Media.
Rachel Portman's Belle
17-Apr-2014 - Varèse Sarabande will release the original score for Belle, a movie inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Academy Award winner Rachel Portman (Emma) delivers one of her most sumptuous scores for this period story of illicit love.
Available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.
Danny Elfman's The Unknown Known
14-Apr-2014 - La-La Land Records has presented the original motion picture score to the new, acclaimed documentary feature film The Unknown Known,directed by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris. Morris re-teams with his standard operating procedure composer, the masterful Danny Elfman, who provides a thematically rich and emotionally intense orchestral backdrop to this mesmerizing chronicle of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's career in Washington DC. Produced by Danny Elfman and mastered by Patricia Sullivan this release showcases another notable work from one of contemporary filmdom’s most talented and celebrated composers. The art direction is by Dan Goldwasser.
For more info and ordering, visit La-La Land Records. This album is also available for digital download at online digital music retailers.
Kyle Newmaster's Something Wicked
12-Apr-2014 - Lakeshore Records has released Something Wicked, a current day action thriller set in a mid-size American community (Eugene, Oregon) in the Pacific Northwest. Christine and her boyfriend James have just graduated from Highland High School and are looking forward to enjoying their future together. Everything appears to be going well until Christine and James realize that she is being stalked by a psychologically tormented and obsessed young man, who in the end will stop at nothing to be with her. The soundtrack features original music by Kyle Newmaster. "I also had a blast scoring the tense more traditional horror moments in the film. I really enjoy writing tense, dark, orchestral music and combining it with other sounds and elements,” said Newmaster. “For these scenes I did quite a bit of recording with live orchestral musicians in which we recorded a variety of textural and aleatoric sounds". 
Available digitally and via Amazon Disc-On-Demand.
Arnau Bataller’s La Hermandad
3-Apr-2014 - MovieScore Media/ScreamWorks Records has released La Hermandad (The Brotherhood), a moody Spanish thriller. It tells the story of Sara, a successful horror author who survives an accident just outside a secluded Benedictine monastery in northern Italy. Even though she should stay in bed, Sara soon finds intriguing secrets about the monastery. Performed by Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House Symphony and Choir in their first ever film score recording, Arnau Bataller’s music for The Brotherhood (La hermandad) combines dark textures (orchestral effects and electronics) with a more thematic approach characterized by the evocative choral writing inspired by the story’s religious setting.
For more info and ordering, visit MovieScore Media/ScreamWorks Records.
Vincent Courtois' Ernest Et Célestine
14-Mar-2014 - Milan Music has released, from the creators of Triplets of Belleville and The Secrets Of Kells, the score for Ernest Et Célestine, a visually stunning and enormously entertaining new film that captures the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. The music is by Vincent Courtois. Ernest & Celestine is a 2014 Oscar nominee for best animated feature, was awarded 2013 Best Animated Feature by LA Film Critics Association, won the Cesar Award in France, and has played Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other prestigious film festivals.
The score is available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.
 
Tony Morales/Edward Rogers' The Bag Man
12-Mar-2014 - Lakeshore Records has released The Bag Man digitally and through Amazon-On-Demand. The soundtrack features original music by Tony Morales and Edward Rogers. “David Grovic, the director of the film, wanted a score that would support the mystery and offbeat color of the various characters in the film. We also decided, collectively, to create a sound palette that was out-of-the-box and somewhat akin to the film’s setting which was the swamplands of Louisiana,” said Morales. “We kept the instrumentation pretty bare bones,” Rogers added. “It is mainly acoustic bass, guitars, percussion and some electronics. Joshua Grange played lap steel guitar to create many of the moody atmospheric sounds heard in the score. 
The score is available from Amazon.com.
Marcelo Zarvos' Enough Said
11-Mar-2014 - Varèse Sarabande has released Enough Said, staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. The score for the film is Marcelo Zarvos’ second collaboration with Director Nicole Holofcener. According to Zarvos “The score had to navigate a delicate balance of the comedic and dramatic aspects of the film with instrumentation ranging from a small folk ensemble to orchestral. A master of blending comedy and emotion Nicole really wanted the music to feel unified … but not too traditional.  “The score gradually shifts from percussive melodies to a more intimate and lyrical approach,” Zarvos described. This is a limited edition of 1,000 copies.
For more info and ordering, visit Varèse Sarabande.
Jeff Walton's Super Shark
5-Mar-2014 - Every now and then MovieScore Media likes to dig up exciting scores written for cult low budget horror movies. When you read the premise for Super Shark - a giant primordial shark walking on land right into a bikini contest – then you just know that the score for the film has to be something extra. Jeff Walton, a composer who has been around since the mid 90's scoring many genre movies (including Curse of the Puppet Master, The Brotherhood and Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds) certainly knows the tricks of the trade and delivers an adrenaline-pumping score which has a lot of fun to offer the listener. Sometimes you don’t have to see the film to appreciate its music. That is certainly the case with Super Shark! For more info and ordering, visit MovieScore Media.
And the Oscar goes to...
2-Mar-2014 - There were no surprises during The 86th Annual Academy Awards. Gravity took home seven awards, but 12 Years A Slave won the top prize of Best Picture. Among the seven awards for Gravity was the award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score written by Steven Price.

The Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song went to the movie Frozen for the song Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
See all the winners here.


Vladimir Cosma's La Galette Du Roi/Promis... Juré
28-Feb-2014 - Vladimir Cosma is known primarily as the grand master of comedic film music and it’s in this capacity that Disques Cinémusique presents two original soundtracks which have never before appeared on CD. For Jean-Michel Ribes’ La Galette Du Roi (The King’s Cake), released in 1986, Vladimir Cosma’s large orchestral score is appealing right from the first track. While the compositions remain simple, their melodic line and the quality and variety of their arrangements bear the stamp of an outstanding creator. For 1987 Jacques Monnet‘s Promis… Juré! (Yes, Cross My Heart!), Vladimir Cosma delivered a concise but highly melodic and richly orchestrated score. In addition to a large strings section, he uses uncommon instruments, quite appropriate for the setting: tin whistle, guitar, Jew’s harp, and especially the Northumbrian pipe. In short, this is vintage Cosma.
For more info and ordering, visit Disques Cinémusique.
 
Serge Franklin's Hold-Up/Dernier Été ŕ Tanger
24-Feb-2014 - Music Box Records presents two scores on one CD by French composer Serge Franklin from his collaborations with Algerian-born director Alexandre Arcady. Hold-Up (1985) is a unique cross between French and American heist films, featuring the great Jean-Paul Belmondo as a clown who breaks into the most secure bank in the city. Dernier Été à Tanger (Last Summer in Tanger, 1987) is a more serious affair, starring Valeria Golino as the beautiful Claudia Marchetti who is seeking vengeance for the death of her father. Music Box Records presents both scores as complete as possible. The Hold-Up CD has the original LP contents and since the original album was fairly representative of the score, there was no need for expansion. Last Summer in Tanger has previously been released on LP, but this new release expands the original album with 9 minutes of additional jazzy music that wasn’t featured on the record.
For more info and ordering, visit Music Box Records
 
Michael Picton's Flash Gordon
21-Feb-2014 - Persverance Records has released the soundtrack from the Syfy Network series Flash Gordon which aired in 2007-2008. The show was produced by Robert Halmi who is known for his many epic miniseries (Moby Dick, Tin Man, Merlin, Farscape and a multitude of others). The show ran for 22 exciting episodes and featured the music of composer Michael Picton, an award-winning composer who has written music for film, television, theatre and even the circus. The music for Flash Gordon features bold orchestral sounds mixed with a rock vibe and even brooding atmospherics. There are moments that rock the listener where others lure them in with a nice melody. While Flash Gordon only ran for one season, there is a lot of great music for fans and collectors of science fiction scores alike.
For more info and ordering, visit Perseverance Records.
Shirley Walker/John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
20-Feb-2014 - La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures have released the remastered and expanded release of Shirley Walker & John Carpenter's score to the 1996 Paramount Pictures futuristic actioner Escape From L.A. When it came time to score his big-budget follow-up to the cult classic Escape From N.Y., director/co-writer John Carpenter collaborated with the ingenious Shirley Walker to create the perfect musical soundscape for the further exploits of Snake Plissken. Building upon Carpenter's iconic synth template, Walker harnesses her trademark orchestral power and the result is a full-charging heroic score that takes Plissken to new action-packed heights. This expanded release boasts a running time of more than 78 minutes and contains cues that were recorded for the film, but never used.
For more info and ordering, visit La-La Land Records.
Patrick Doyle's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
12-Feb-2014 - Varèse Sarabande has released the original score for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. In this hotly anticipated movie - directed by Academy Award winner Kenneth Branagh — Jack Ryan is a young covert CIA analyst (played by Star Trek’s Chris Pine) who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Patrick Doyle (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire) has composed for every film directed by Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again, Henry V, Thor), and here he returns with an intense and action-packed score. The score is available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.

Angelo Badalamenti's Stalingrad
10-Feb-2014 - MovieScore Media/Kronos Records has released the score for Stalingrad. Angelo Badalamenti showcases his classical side with the powerful, exciting and beautiful orchestral score for this Russian war epic, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk and starring Thomas Kretschmann. Reviewers rightfully claim that Stalingrad is among Badalamenti’s finest works, and it’s the second best score of all in 2013 according to Movie Wave. Featuring several strong themes, Badalamenti’s score is a passionate journey through militaristic landscapes, romantic orchestrations and powerful action sequences. The film is the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and is the highest-grossing Russian movie of all time. For more info and ordering, visit MovieScore Media and Kronos Records.
Ennio Morricone's A Time Of Destiny
6-Feb-2014 - Quartet Records, in collaboration with Virgin Records/Universal Music Special Markets, presents the long-awaited remastered reissue of one of Ennio Morricone’s best scores of the eighties, A Time Of Destiny, comparable in many ways to his masterpiece, The Mission. For this operatic story about war, love, revenge and family, Morricone wrote a radiant, passionate score for orchestra and chorus, featuring one of his most unforgettable love themes (“Love and Dreams”). Because the film master tapes could not be located, Quartet offers a remastered reissue (with much improved sound) of the original album program released by Virgin Records in 1989, conceived and produced by Morricone with his usual good taste. Fortunately, every major cue is represented on this CD, and only a small number of short cues and variations have been lost. For more info and ordering, visit Quartet Records.
Angelo Badalamenti's Tough Guys Don't Dance
5-Feb-2014 - Music Box Records presents the remastered and expanded release of renowned composer Angelo Badalamenti's (Blue Velvet, TV series Twin Peaks, The City of Lost Children) original score to the Cannon Films 1987 crime mystery comedy-drama feature film Tough Guys Don't Dance, starring Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, Debra Sandlund, Wings Hauser and Lawrence Tierney, and directed by Pulitzer Prize winning-author Norman Mailer, based on his best-selling 1984 novel. Transferred from the original 2" 24-track analog session masters and 1/2" 2-track album mixes stored in mint condition at MGM vaults, this romantic score recorded in Prague is presented in beautiful stereo sound. This present expanded edition features unreleased and unused cues composed by Angelo Badalamenti.
For more info and ordering, visit Music Box Records.

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