Category Archives: Saturday Soundtrack

Review of original music written for film, television or other media

New Arrivals, Current Reading October 21 – 27, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: I didn’t buy any books. I didn’t have any pre-orders arrive. So, good for me on my buy less, start less, finish more plan. However, I had a birthday. For a reader that means at least one book; in this … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading, January 14 – 20, 2013

Yes, I’m a bad person. Okay, I’m not really a bad person, I just can’t seem to reign in my desire for more books and music. Sigh. I’ll keep working on it. Meanwhile… NEW ARRIVALS – It should be no surprise to … Continue reading

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Soundtrack: Panic in Year Zero

Panic in Year Zero – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LaLa Land Records LLLCD 1111 (Limited Edition of 1200 units) Les Baxter wrote a lot of jazz. It’s too bad that most people these days remember him primarily for albums such … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack – Foyle’s War

Foyle’s War – original television soundtrack, music composed and conducted by Jim Parker, on CD: Harkit Records HRKCD 8200 This is the 20th in my series of  Saturday Soundtracks I’ll start by saying I like Foyle’s War a lot. Excellent screenwriting, … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack: The Joy Luck Club

this is # 19 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music composed by Rachel Portman, 1993  –  Holly wood Records HR 61561-2  –  15 cues, total time 44 minutes Take the gentle, graceful sound of Japanese … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist

this is # 18 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series Film music from the Motion Picture Oliver Twist, Composed by Sir Arnold Bax, total time: 73:06, with 34 tracks (cues) This is wonderful music, one of my favorites of Chandos’ … Continue reading

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Princess Mononoke

this is # 17 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series Princess Mononoke Music from the motion picture, composed by music by Joe Hisaishi, [Milan, 59:12, 32 cues] Like most film music written to carry the mood and emotion of the film … Continue reading

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Have some Morricone

this is # 16 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series The Mission (1986) Original soundtrack from the motion picture, composed by Ennio Morricone, play time of 48:31, and 19 tracks (cues) Ennio Morricone is certainly a recognizable name to those … Continue reading

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Avatar part 3: the music

This is # 15 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series Music from the Motion Picture, Fox/Atlantic Records 521681-2,  120 minutes James Horner is a film composer whose work I enjoy and admire. When I see “music by James Horner” I’ll … Continue reading

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King Kong

Saturday Soundtrack # 13 Complete Original 1933 Score by Max Steiner, performed by the Moscow Symphony  Orchestra, conducted by William Stromberg. Marco Polo compact disc 8.223763 – Music reconstructed and restored by John Morgan – premiere digital recording This was the … Continue reading

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Amelia

Saturday Soundtrack # 12 original motion picture soundtrack composed by Gabriel Yared. CD: Varèse Saraband 302 066 994 2, released 2009. time: 51 minutes, cues: 13 I haven’t seen this film, and probably won’t until it becomes available on DVD, which for … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker

Saturday Soundtrack # 11 The Nutcracker (complete), Mariss Jansons conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI Classics CDQB 7 54649 2, two disc set, released 1992. If there is a soundtrack for this season, surely it’s the music from the ballet … Continue reading

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New Moon

Saturday Soundtrack # 10 New Moon music composed, conducted and produced by Alexandre Desplat, on CD: E1 Music (E1E-cd-2075) This film, directed by Chris Weitz, is based on the second book in the string of unfathomably popular novels by Stephanie … Continue reading

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Searching for Bobby Fischer

Saturday Soundtrack # 9 Searching for Bobby Fischer music composed and conducted by James Horner, on CD: Big Screen Records (9 24532-2) This is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the 1993 film starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, … Continue reading

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El-Hazard, the Symphonic World

Saturday Soundtrack # 8 El-Hazard (the Symphonic World) original score and orchestration by Seikou Nagaoka, SM Records, Ltd. 1990 I wish I could give you more information about this one, but the entire booklet is in Japanese. Also, I have … Continue reading

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The Man From Snowy River

Saturday Soundtrack # 7 The Man From Snowy River music by Bruce Rowland, Varese Sarabande VSD-47217, released 1982 This is music from the 1982 film starring  Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson. The Australian Film Institute named this the Best Music Score for … Continue reading

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Saving Private Ryan

Saturday Soundtrack # 6 Saving Private Ryan, Dreamworks Records DRMD 50046, released 1998, 60 minutes, 10 cues. Music by John Williams In honor of Veteran’s Day, next Wednesday November 11, here’s a CD of Music From the Original Motion Picture … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Saturday Soundtrack # 5 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Hollywood Records, 52 minutes, released only as a download Based on a controversial book by Irish author John Boyne, published in January 2006, this 2008 British drama was directed by … Continue reading

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The Lion in Winter

Saturday Soundtrack # 4 The Lion in Winter  Film released in the 1968 Original Sound Track Recording, music composed and conducted by John Barry The 1968 big screen adaptation of the stage story of The Lion in Winter remains an impressively … Continue reading

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Saturday Soundtrack # 3 – Deutsch: The Maltese Falcon & Others

Adolph Deutsch – The Maltese Falcon and Other Classic Film Scores, 1941-1944 Naxos Film Music Classics series, Naxos 8.557701 DDD, 2002, music composed by Adolph Deutch, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William Stromberg Score restorations by John Morgan In honor of Bouchercon and all the … Continue reading

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