UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: FSM, Kritzerland, La-La Land, Varèse Sarabande, Buysoundtrax


Film Score Monthly – I SPY, VOL. 2: THE LP’S ( Earle Hagen, Hugo Friedhofer, February 2nd)

Kritzerland – AUDREY ROSE (Michael Small, March 1st)

La-La Land – March 1st: MONEY TRAIN (Mark Mancina), COPERNICUS’ STAR (Abel Korzeniowsi)

Varèse Sarabande – HOP (Christopher Lennnertz, April 4th)

Buysoundtrax – March 1st: MEGAFORCE (Jerrold Immel), PERKINS’ 14 (Kostas Christides)

LAKESHORE RECORDS CRUISES WITH THE LINCOLN LAWYER


Cliff Martinez’s Original Score To Be Released by Lakeshore Records

(February 22, 2011- Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the The Lincoln Lawyer — Original Motion Picture Score available digitally on March 15th and in stores on March 29, 2011. The original score was composed by Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Solaris).

“Out of the box, The Lincoln Lawyer was about as tightly wrapped as any film I’ve worked on,” said Martinez. “The heavy lifting had been done long before I arrived, so my job was to simply apply the aural icing to the cake. The main ingredients in my recipe are an electric guitar, time-stretching software, baritone steel drums and my top-secret weapon of choice: the Baschet Crystal…an experimental instrument/objet d’art played with moistened fingers on glass rods.”

Such an out-of-the-box approach comes naturally for Cliff Martinez. He moved to California in 1976, just in time for the punk movement. He had stints as drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies. He was also the drummer in the final incarnation of legendary iconoclasts Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.

Martinez’s entrée into music for film happened somewhat inadvertently, when a tape collage he had constructed (“Several of my friends making aggressively weird noises, which I assigned to pads on a MIDI percussion controller.”) led to an opportunity to score an episode of comedian Paul Reuben’s mid-‘80s TV hit, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. That collage was also heard by Steven Soderbergh, who tapped the budding composer to provide the music for his first theatrical release sex, lies and videotape.

Martinez has since received compositional credit on many of Steven Soderbergh’s projects including Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Gray’s Anatomy, Schizopolis and Traffic, the latter winning four Oscars and earning a Grammy nomination for its music. He also composed the music for Espion(s) and A L’Origine, two French films released in 2009, the latter earned a Cesar Award nomination for best original score. His other credits include Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, and Wonderland.

Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Having spent most of his career defending petty gutter-variety criminals, the unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills realtor (Ryan Phillippe), who is accused of attempted rape and murder. However, what appears in the beginning to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation, in Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment’s The Lincoln Lawyer.

My goal was to create a sleek, no-nonsense, fat-free score,” described Martinez, “that first and foremost punctuated the dramatic intentions of the film and hopefully scored enough points in the style department to give the audience something to remember.”

Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment present The Lincoln Lawyer in theaters on March 18, 2011. The Lincoln Lawyer – Original Motion Picture Score on Lakeshore Records will be released digitally on March 15th and in stores on March 29, 2011.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 02/21/2011


Boccaccio ’70 – Nino Rota, Armando Trovaioli, Piero Umiliani (GDM 4201)

Cliffhanger – Trevor Jones (Intrada Special Collection Volume 156, 2 CDs) – 92:52

The Kremlin Letter – Robert Drasnin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 160) – 42:12

Rich And Famous / One Is A Lonely Number – Georges Delerue / Michel Legrand (FSMCD Vol.14 No.2)

Roma A Mano Armata – Franco Micalizzi (Beat BCM 9502)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 02/17/2011


Guy De Maupassant – Georges Delerue (Disques Cinemusique DCM 127) – 47:58

Harry & Son – Henry Mancini (Quartet QRSCE023)

Il Peccato – Antonio Perez Olea (Quartet QRSCE022)

La Herencia Valdemar II: La Sombra Prohibida – Arnau Bataller (MMS11003)

La Notte – Giorgio Gaslini (Quartet QRSCE021)

Monster Mutt – Chris Walden (MMS11002)

Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain) – Alberto Iglesias (Quartet QR006)

ALEXANDER DESPLAT LEADS INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS’ AWARDS NOMINATIONS


(Hollywood, CA) Alexandre Desplat leads the pack of distinguished film and television composers with seven nominations from The International Film Music Critics Association. Desplat is nominated for Film Composer of the Year, and received two nods for Best Score of the Year with “The King’s Speech” and “The Ghost Writer.” “The King’s Speech” continues its award-season reign with three nominations in total, and the “The Ghost Writer” received four.

Desplat’s score for the King George VI biopic recently received Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. The composer incorporated the actual microphones of King George VI into his score, and recorded with a 90-piece orchestra at London’s Abbey Road Studio.

After composing the music for over 50 European films, Desplat burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to “The Girl with a Pearl Earring,” which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards. Additionally, Desplat has won the World Soundtrack Award five times out of six nominations for Best Original Score and Film Composer of the Year. Alexandre Desplat was also selected as one of the nine luminaries to serve as a juror for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music. Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 50 members from sixteen countries. Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Michael Giacchino’s UP in 2009, Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, and Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007.

The full list of nominees can be found at: http://www.awardsdaily.com/2011/02/international-film-music-critics-association-nominations/

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: La-La Land, Varèse Sarabande, Sony Masterworks


La-La Land – 16/02/2011: BROKEN ARROW (Hans Zimmer, 2 CDs), YESTERDAY WAS A LIE (Kristopher Carter)

Varèse Sarabande – 05/04/2011: PUSHING DAISIES (Jim Dooley, TV), YOUR HIGHNESS (Steve Jablonsky), LARGO WINCH II (Alexandre Desplat)

Sony Masterworks – CLASSIC FILM SCORES (Charles Gerhardt): 01/03/2011: CITIZEN KANE – The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann, SUNSET BOULEVARD – The Classic Film Scores of Franz Waxman, ELIZABETH AND ESSEX – The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, SPELLBOUND – The Classic Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa, NOW, VOYAGER – The Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner, CLASSIC FILM SCORES for Bette Davis, LAURA / FOREVER AMBER / THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores

SONY REISSUES CHARLES GERHARDT’S CLASSIC FILM SCORES SERIES


SONY MASTERWORKS proudly announces the reissue of Charles Gerhardt’s acclaimed Classic Film Score series. In the 1970s, the Classic Film Scores series introduced a new generation to the sumptuous sound of music in Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” The following releases will be available March 1, 2011 on CD and through major digital service providers: Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, Elizabeth and Essex, Spellbound, Now, Voyager, Classic Film Scores for Bette Davis and The Film Scores of David Raksin; the first six titles were released in October 2010.

It is widely accepted that together with the 1977 film release of Star Wars, Charles Gerhardt’s Classic Film Score series re-introduced moviegoers to orchestral scores and helped usher the modern era of film music. Using the original orchestrations, heard in rich stereo sound, Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra recreated the great moments from the legendary scores of Hollywood’s most memorable films. Re-mastered for the first time using the original analog masters and including the original LP liner notes, the Classic Film Scores are once again available for both collectors and a new generation of listeners.

In 1972 Gerhardt conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the recording of RCA’s first LP in the Classic Film Score series: The Sea Hawk, featuring the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The album, produced by Erich’s son George Korngold, became an unexpected hit for the label, receiving favorable reviews and even landed on the Billboard charts. Other albums followed — some highlighting an individual composer (Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann), some focusing on a particular actor (Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart).

The late Charles Gerhardt began his career at RCA Records, transferring 78-rpm recordings to tape so they could be pressed as LPs. By the early 1960s he relocated to London to oversee RCA’s productions in England and to produce records for Reader’s Digest. Because of the need for a large orchestra to record these albums, Gerhardt and Sidney Sax formed a group comprised of London’s top musicians in 1964. In 1970, the group incorporated and became the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

AVAILABLE ON MARCH 1, 2011

Citizen Kane – The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann
Includes selections from On Dangerous Ground / Citizen Kane / Beneath the 12-Mile Reef / Hangover Square / White Witch Doctor
Sunset Boulevard – The Classic Film Scores of Franz Waxman
Includes selections from Prince Valiant / A Place in the Sun / The Bride of Frankenstein / Sunset Boulevard / Old Acquaintance / Rebecca / The Philadelphia Story / Taras Bulba

Elizabeth and Essex – The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Includes selections from The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex / The Prince and the Pauper / Anthony Adverse / The Sea Wolf / Deception / Another Dawn / Of Human Bondage

Spellbound – The Classic Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa
Includes selections from The Red House / The Thief of Bagdad / The Lost Weekend / The Four Feathers / Double Indemnity / Knights of the Round Table / The Jungle Book / Spellbound / Ivanhoe

Now, Voyager – The Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner
Includes selections from Now, Voyager / King Kong / Saratoga Trunk / The Charge of the Light Brigade / Four Wives / The Big Sleep / Johnny Belinda / Since You Went Away / The Informer / The Fountainhead

Classic Film Scores for Bette Davis
Includes selections from Now, Voyager / Dark Victory / A Stolen Life / The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex / Mr. Skeffington / In This Our Life / All About Eve / Jezebel / Beyond the Forest / Juarez / The Letter / All This, and Heaven Too
Laura / Forever Amber / The Bad and the Beautiful – David Raksin Conducts His Great Film Scores
Includes selections from Laura / Forever Amber / The Bad and the Beautiful
RELEASED OCTOBER 19, 2010

THE SEA HAWK – The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Includes selections from The Sea Hawk / Of Human Bondage / Between Two Worlds / The Sea Wolf / The Constant Nymph / Kings Row / Anthony Adverse / Deception / Devotion / Escape Me Never

GONE WITH THE WIND
Includes all the unforgettable music from Max Steiner’s epic score

CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE – The Classic Film Scores of Alfred Newman
Includes selections from How to Marry a Millionaire / Captain from Castile / Wuthering Heights / Down to the Sea in Ships / The Song of Bernadette / The Bravados / Anastasia / The Best of Everything / Airport / The Robe

CASABLANCA – Classic Film Scores for Humphrey Bogart
Includes selections from Casablanca / Passage to Marseille / The Treasure of Sierra Madre / The Big Sleep / The Caine Mutiny / To Have and Have Not / The Two Mrs. Carrolls / Sabrina / The Left Hand of God / Sahara / Virginia City / Key Largo

LOST HORIZON – The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin
Includes selections from Lost Horizon / The Guns of Navarone / The Big Sky / The Fourposter / Friendly Persuasion / Search for Paradise

CAPTAIN BLOOD – Classic Film Scores for Errol Flynn
Includes selections from The Adventures of Don Juan / The Sea Hawk / They Died with Their Boots On Dodge City / Objective, Burma! / The Sun Also Rises / The Adventures of Robin Hood

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 02/07/2011


Battlestar Galactica Vol. 1 – Stu Phillips (Intrada Special Collection Volume 154) – 76:06

Clue – John Morris (La-La Land LLLCD 1154) – 50:22
House Of Usher – Les Baxter (Intrada Special Collection Volume 160) – 62:39