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Friday, February 17, 2006

News Just In

Again, I have been unable to get any reviewing done today, so here are a couple of brief news items. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed next week.

2006 Saturn Awards Music Nominees reports that this year's nominees for original music are John Williams for Star Wars: Episode 3 - The Revenge of the Sith and War of the Worlds; Patrick Doyle for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Danny Elfman for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; John Ottman for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for Batman Begins. The winner will be announced on May 2nd.

New Release from Intrada

INTRADA Announces:

Composed and Conducted by MICHAEL SMALL

INTRADA Special Collection Volume 29

In 1987, the 20th Century Fox thriller BLACK WIDOW hit the screens, starring Debra Winger and Theresa Russell. A deadly seductress marries a series of wealthy men, murders them, collects their estates, and gets away with her crimes thanks to her assumption of multiple identities. But an equally clever female adversary from the Justice Department is soon on her trail and becomes as bewitched as she is repelled by the Black Widow.

Although Michael Small's score for BLACK WIDOW includes a virtuoso display of woodwinds, vibes, harp, and percussion, strings are the stars here: 22 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, and four basses. As Bernard Herrmann did with his score for Psycho, Small utilizes the strings to create a piercing psychological intensity. Small's dark, mordant music helped define the sound of thrillers in the '70s and '80s, and this release provides a generous helping of that ground breaking sound.

This Intrada Special Collection release, edited and mastered from the original stereo session masters, is limited to 1200 copies.

INTRADA Special Collection - Volume 29
IN STOCK 2/17/2005
For artwork, tracklist, and to order, please visit

Glad to see Michael Small is at last getting some attention. There's a lot of his music that deserves a release. Let's hope this is just the beginning.

Stop Press - New Releases from Film Score Monthly

The latest titles from FSM have been announced and they are a premiere release for Ron Goodwin's score for 1978's Harrison Ford starrer Force ten From Navarone and a double bill CD premiere for John Williams' Not With My Wife You Don't and George Duning's Any Wednesday. Go to for further details.


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