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Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 - THE YEAR IN FILM MUSIC (at least what I heard of it!)

May I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year - one that's filled with more great screen music - both old and new.

As we bid 2009 farewell, I thought I'd just spare a few moments to look back on all the music I have reviewed over the past year and list the most enjoyable releases I've covered (including the month you can find it on the blog), plus mention some scores and recordings I haven't been sent to review, or that I've heard on film. I hope you will understand that, much as I would have loved to review some of these for you (where available), I do have a life away from this blog and just can't cover everything, having to limit myself to product furnished for review.

Most Enjoyable New Score Recordings (in no particular order)

Underground - Stuart Hancock MovieScore Media (June)
Gettysburg: The Speech That Saved America - Alan Williams Silverscreen (July)
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 - Bear McCreary La-La Land (Aug)
Torchwood: Children of Earth - Ben Foster Silva Screen (Aug)
Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher & others - Ryan Shore MovieScore Media (Sept)
The Crimson Wing - Cinematic Orchestra Walt Disney (Sept)
Viva Pinata - Grant Kirkhope Sumthing Else (Sept)
Red Cliff - Taro Iwashiro Silva Screen (Oct)
Up - Michael Giacchino Walt Disney (Oct)
Merlin Series 2 - Lane/Stevenson MovieScore Media (Dec)

New Scores Heard But Not Reviewed, But Recommended (* no recording available)

Knowing - Marco Beltrami
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. - Tom Salta
Excelsius - Ernest Troost
Order of War - Jeremy Soule
Superman Batman Public Enemies - Christopher Drake * (as yet)
IL2 Sturmovik - Birds of Prey - Jeremy Soule
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Greg Edmonson
A Christmas Carol - Alan Silvestri
Amelia - Gabriel Yared
Avatar - James Horner

Most Enjoyable Recordings of Older Scores - Original or Re-recorded (in no particular order)

Batman: The Animated Series - Walker et al La-La Land (Jan)
Time After Time - Miklos Rozsa Film Score Monthly (Mar)
Wuthering Heights - Michel Legrand La-La Land (Apr)
Pope Joan - Maurice Jarre Harkit (May)
Dr Kildare - Goldsmith, Sukman etc. Film Score Monthly (May)
Twilight Zone - The Movie - Jerry Goldsmith FSM (May)
Dracula A.D. 1972 - Mike Vickers Buysoundtrax (Jun)
Airplane! - Elmer Bernstein La-La Land (Jun)
Dr Who & The Daleks/Daleks Invasion Earth Silva Screen (Sept)
Exodus - Ernest Gold Tadlow (Sept)

Older Scores Heard But Not Reviewed, But Recommended

Day of the Dolphin - Georges Delerue
The Black Stallion Returns - "
Charge of the Light Brigade (re-recording) - Max Steiner
Hanover Street - John Barry
One Little Indian - Jerry Goldsmith
Lonely Are The Brave - "
The Journey of Natty Gann - James Horner
Honey' I Shrunk The Kids - "
Love With The Proper Stranger/A Girl Named Tamiko - Elmer Bernstein
Back To The Future - Alan Silvestri

So what about you? What were your favourites of 2009?


Blogger Sirusjr said...

I totally agree with Merlin Season 2 and would add Under the Mountain, Red Canvas, Mutant Chronicles, and I Sell the Dead. As a fan of big orchestral scores Moviescoremedia is a godsend, releasing many orchestral scores for small movies.

6:26 AM  
Blogger jeffhall said...

@ Sirusjr

I couldn't agree more with you on MovieScore Media, and one or two of the titles you mention came close to making my list.

Thanks for taking time to comment.

1:29 AM  

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