LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘HYSTERIA’ – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Features Original Music by Gast Waltzing with Additional Music By Christian Henson

(May 29, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Hysteria – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on June 19, 2012.   The album features an original score by Gast Waltzing (House of Boys, Les Dents de la Nuit) with additional music by Christian Henson (Devil’s Double, Chasing Liberty). Hysteria is a Sony Pictures Classics release.

Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Hugh Dancy (Adam, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, Nanny McPhee Returns), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, Miss Saigon on Broadway), and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding), that tells an untold tale of discovery – the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. Hysteria is directed by Tanya Wexler.
Born in the Grand Duche of Luxembourg, composer Gast Waltzing was named Professor of Trumpet at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg in 1982, and in 1986 founded the Jazz Department of which he remains the head. He began composing at 15 with the Luxembourg Jazz Five. He expanded into the composition and production of music for Film and Television in 1989, with the original score for A WOP BOP A LOP BOP for which he was nominated for Best European Film Composer. Since that time he has composed and produced over 160 original scores for Film and TV including JVCD, Les Dents de la Nuit, Humains and House of Boys.
Since his debuts with Les Fils Du Vent and Chasing Liberty (which earned him a “Discovery Of The Year” nomination at the World Soundtrack Awards), Christian Henson has used his broad experience both in orchestral and electronic disciplines to write an eclectic mixture of scores, including the children’s blockbuster fantasy, The Secret Of Moonacre and Chris Smith’s cult horror hit Severance (which earned him an Ivor Novello nomination for Best Original Movie Score in 2007).
Christian first became immersed in the world of film composition early in his career through his highly acclaimed work within the UK Drum & Bass, Breakbeat and Pop scene; working with the likes of LTJ Bukem, The Freestylers, Scott Walker & Roy Ayers. Recent highlights of Henson’s career include, the Devil’s Double, Triangle, Black Death, (Best Original Score winner at Screamfest LA), and the French blockbuster La Rafle.
“I think it is important that ‘period’ music is just that, a genre unto itself not ‘music of the period’ so approached the additional music with this understanding,” said composer Christian Henson.  “A nod and wink to the time period to help with the back-drop of the piece, but then, when needed, a use of a modern vernacular in order to help the audience connect with the very colourful characters found within.”
Sony Pictures Classics presents Hysteria, in theaters in limited release on May 18, 2012.  The Hysteria – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be available digitally on June 19, 2012.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – May 29 to July 10

May 29
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – Benny Carter, Lyn Murray, Leonard Rosenman, Lalo Schifrin – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony
– various – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Amazing Grace and Chuck – Elmer Bernstein – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Chinatown – Jerry Goldsmith – Varese Sarbande CD Club
The Clan of the Cave Bear – Alan Silvestri – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Eye of the Needle – Miklos Rozsa – Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Karate Kid Part III – Bill Conti – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Snow White and the Huntsman – James Newton Howard – Universal

June 5
L’Africain – Georges Delerue – Universal France
Le Baron De Munchausen/La Flue a Six Schtroumphs
– Michel Legrand – Universal France
Lola Versus – Fall on Your Sword – Lakeshore
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Hans Zimmer (17 min.), songs – Interscope
Star Trek — The Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith – La-La Land
Topaz – Maurice Jarre – Universal France
Warning Shot – Jerry Goldsmith – La-La Land

June 12
Bernie – Graham Reynolds, various – Lakeshore
Deux Heures Moins Le Quart Avant Jeus Christ
– Raymond Alessandrini – Music Box
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Javier Navarrete – Varese Sarabande
Le Juge/Le Transfuge
– Luis Bacalov – Music Box
Prometheus
 – Marc Streitenfeld – Sony
Touchback
– William Ross – Varese Sarabande

June 19
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Henry Jackman – Sony
Brave – Patrick Doyle – Disney
Game of Thrones: Season Two
– Ramin Djawadi – Varese Sarabande
People Like Us – A.R. Rahman – Lakeshore
Piranha 3DD – Elia Cmiral – Lakeshore

July 10
Cosmopolis – Howard Shore – Howe (U.S. release)
Ice Age: Continental Drift – Varese Sarabande
The Wicker Tree
– John Scott – Silva

Date Unknown
Charmed – J. Peter Robinson – Perseverance
Film Music Spectacular: The Best of Tadlow Music – various – Tadlow
Lilies of the Field – Jerry Goldsmith – Perseverance
Music from the Edge – John Corigliano – Perseverance
Notre Dame de Paris: The Music of Maurice Jarre – Maurice Jarre – Tadlow
Seeking Justice – J. Peter Robinson – Perseverance

Source: Film Score Monthly

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 05/24/2012

Adventures Of Don Juan / Arsenic And Old Lace – Max Steiner (TFC-1009, cond. William Stromberg, 2 CDs) – 112:14

Lady In A Cage – Paul Glass (Kritzerland KR 20022-0)

Starchaser: The Legend Of Orin – Andrew Belling (BSXCD 8907)

TAG: The Assassination Game – Craig Safan (BSXCD 8908)

BLAKE NEELY SCORES CW’S ‘ARROW’

(Los Angeles, CA) May 23, 2012 – Award-winning composer Blake Neely scores the CW’s highly-anticipated pilot scheduled to premiere later this summer, Arrow, which was just announced as an official new series on the CW. Arrow is a modern-day retelling of notorious DC Comics’ superhero, Green Arrow. Neely scored with a full orchestra at the legendary Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage. Arrow marks Neely’s tenth collaboration with producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. 
Arrow is directed by David Nutter and stars Stephen Amell (Heartland, Private Practice). The series follows former playboy billionaire and Mayor of Star City, Oliver Queen (Amell), who returns with lethal skills and an inscrutable agenda after being marooned on an island for five years. “The directive was to make the music big and dark,” explained Neely. “Blake has done such an amazing job” stated Marc Guggenheim, “the whole project has been elevated by the use of a full orchestra and a critically acclaimed composer who consistently out does himself.”
Blake Neely’s previous collaborations with producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim include No Ordinary Family, Brothers & Sisters, and Everwood. Currently, Neely scores weekly the CBS hit series The Mentalist. His film scoring credits include the box office hit Life As We Know It, and additional music for films including The Da Vinci Code and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Neely has received numerous accolades including ASCAP Awards, BMI Awards and several Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Music Composition for a mini series for The Pacific. Additionally, Neely conducted at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw to a worldwide audience of nearly half a billion.

BUYSOUNDTRAX RECORDS RETELLS THE TALE OF ‘LEGEND’

Featuring New Performances of Tangerine Dream’s Music For the Beloved Film

(May 20, 2012) – BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of Legend, composed by Tangerine Dream and produced/arranged by Brandon K. Verrett. 
In 1985 the German group Tangerine Dream (then Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, and Johannes Schmelling) found themselves in the unenviable position of having to replace Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Ridley Scott’s cinematic fairy tale Legend. The group, known for the electronic sound and for starting the new age music genre, had already made the transition to film scoring with music for movies including Risky Business, Sorcerer, Firestarter, and Thief
As described in the liner notes by Randall D. Larson:

“The group met with Ridley Scott in London and discussed what he had in mind for the film’s new score. They saw the film as a complex one at whose heart lies the ultimate struggle of good against evil, and it is this metaphysical theme, which lies at the heart of their score. “The whole film is produced on different levels, and that’s what we’ve tried to follow in creating the music,” Froese said. “There are parts of the music which could be called pure entertainment, parts which follow a more spiritual line, and there is some music which has just a few nice melodies which relate a bit more to the fairy tale quality of the film.” 

Because of licensing issues the film was released by Universal the US and Japan with Tangerine Dream’s score. In Europe the film was released by 20th Century Fox and contained the original Goldsmith score. 
BuySoundtrax Records approached composer Brandon Verrett a few years ago with idea of arranging the “Unicorn Theme” for a digital single. “The success of that arrangement is what sparked the idea of recreating the entire album,” Verrett explained. “Our original intent was to take the conception of the original Tangerine Dream tracks and arrange them in such a way that they feel organic, earthy, and more contemporary while still capturing the essence of the originals.” 
The original soundtrack also contained two songs featured in the movie: “Loved by the Sun,” sung by Yes singer Jon Anderson (a lyricized version of “Unicorn Theme”), and “Is Your Love Strong Enough”, performed by Bryan Ferry and heard over the end credits. On this recording, singer Katie Campbell, a frequent performer on BuySoundtrax albums, gives these songs a new dimension with her interpretations. 
The original soundtrack featured synthesizer sounds of the day and 80s guitar. “In keeping with that organic concept,” said Verrett, “I decided that a more orchestral approach would likely solicit a visceral and appeasing response from listeners both familiar and unfamiliar with the original score. With that I also decided to utilize living, breathing instrumentalists. So, on this album you will find violin, erhu, piano, guitar, voice, cello and a few other instruments coupled with synthetic textures all carefully molded to bring the album alive.” 
Brandon Verrett’s formal music training began at age 11. After having discovered an interest in composing while in middle and high school, Verrett continued his studies at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he received a bachelor’s degree in theory and composition. He also holds a graduate certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California. 
Verrett’s scores have been featured in films for theatrical and network television releases and have also premiered in both local and international festivals. In addition to composing, Verrett’s arrangements and orchestrations can be found in films such as Priest, Drag Me To Hell, Untraceable, and The Informers
New interpretations of classic film scores are gaining in popularity with music audiences, similar to how classical ensembles record their take on compositions or how pop artists cover songs from other performers. “I think it’s a great way to introduce music of yesteryear to an entirely new audience,” Verrett said. “It’s in a new package with new sounds and new colors. In a way, it’s been given cosmetic surgery. As a composer, however I would encourage a healthy respect for reinterpreted music, but I would also encourage authenticity and forward thinking when adapting this kind of music into new forms.”
Legend will be available digitally on June 12th and on CD (limited edition 1500) on May 21, 2012

FIMUCITÉ’S ‘ALIEN: A BIOMECHANICAL SYMPHONY’ CONCERT AT KRAKOW

The composer and director of this unavoidable appointment with film music, Diego Navarro, will conduct on May 26, for the second time, the Closing Concert of the Krakow Film Music Festival, with a program including Elliot Goldenthal’s works

The VI Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will be held from July 7 to 14, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz and Arona City Councils, will be at the spectacular Closing Night Gala of the V Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej (FMF) in Krakow. Diego Navarro, FIMUCITÉ’s director, will conduct “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, which was worldwide premiered at FIMUCITÉ 3 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of director Ridley Scott’s film “Alien”.
The strong and stable relationship between FIMUCITÉ and the Polish FMF becomes more evident being this the second time the prestigious Sinfonietta Cracovia, and Pro Musica Mundi Choir, will be conducted by Diego Navarro, having received an ovation of more than 4,000 people last year. The program will include, apart from the aforementioned “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, a second half featuring an Oscar Academy Award Winner Elliot Goldenthal extended program, with cues from “Titus Andronicus”, “Interview with a Vampire”, “Frida” or “Batman Forever”.

From an original idea by Pedro Mérida, FIMUCITÉ’s producer, “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony” has had the personal involvement of the composers John Frizzell (“Alien: Resurrection”) and Brian Tyler (“Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem”), as well as the contributions given by the record producer Robert Townson. Elliot Goldenthal himself will attend this concert in Krakow, who will be presenting an expanded “Alien 3” version with new arrangements.
“Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony” includes music from the four films belonging to the famous science fiction saga, plus one from “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem”. The selected cues from “Alien” (1979) are “Main Title”, “The Landing”, “Breakaway”, “The Droid”, “The Door” and “End Title”, all composed by Jerry Goldsmith. From “Aliens” (1986), James Horner’s cues are “Futile Escape” and “Bishop’s Countdown” and Elliot Goldenthal’s “Lento” and “Adagio” are the selection from “Alien 3” (1992). John Frizzell’s “Suite” from “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) and Brian Tyler’s “Requiem” for “Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem” conclude this ambitious selection.
DVD editionThe American film music label Varèse Sarabande has just released a 2-disc set including a DVD and a CD of “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, the recording of this symphonic work premiered at FIMUCITÉ 3 in 2009. This deluxe edition will delight all the saga lovers, as well as the film music fans in general. This limited edition of 3,000 copies includes a DVD of the concert and a CD of the music from the aforementioned Symphony. A beautiful DVD booklet is also included.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – May 22 to July 10

May 22
Insidious – Joseph Bishara – Koch
Jane Eyre – John Williams – La-La Land
Legend (re-recording)
– Tangerine Dream – Buysoundtrax
Men in Black 3 – Danny Elfman – Sony
Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat, various – Abkco
A Royal Affair – Gabriel Yared, Cyrille Aufort – MovieScore Media
Sorcery – Mark Mancina – La-La Land
Starhawk – Christopher Lennertz – La-La land
The Sword and the Sorcerer
– David Whitaker – Buysoundtrax

May 29
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – Benny Carter, Lyn Murray, Leonard Rosenman, Lalo Schifrin – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony
– various – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Amazing Grace and Chuck – Elmer Bernstein – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Chinatown – Jerry Goldsmith – Varese Sarbande CD Club
The Clan of the Cave Bear – Alan Silvestri – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Eye of the Needle – Miklos Rozsa – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Game of Thrones: Season Two – Ramin Djawadi – Varese Sarabande
The Karate Kid Part III – Bill Conti – Varese Sarabande CD Club
Snow White and the Huntsman – James Newton Howard – Universal
Touchback
– William Ross – Varese Sarabande

June 5
L’Africain – Georges Delerue – Universal France
Le Baron De Munchausen/La Flue a Six Schtroumphs
– Michel Legrand – Universal France
Lola Versus – Fall on Your Sword – Lakeshore
Star Trek — The Motion Picture – Jerry Goldsmith – La-La Land
Topaz – Maurice Jarre – Universal France

June 12
Bernie – Graham Reynolds, various – Lakeshore
Deux Heures Moins Le Quart Avant Jeus Christ
– Raymond Alessandrini – Music Box
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Javier Navarrete – Varese Sarabande
Hysteria – Christian Henson – Lakeshore
Le Juge/Le Transfuge
– Luis Bacalov – Music Box
Prometheus
 – Marc Streitenfeld – Sony

June 19
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Henry Jackman – Sony
Brave – Patrick Doyle – Disney
People Like Us – A.R. Rahman – Lakeshore
Piranha 3DD – Elia Cmiral – Lakeshore

July 10
Cosmopolis – Howard Shore – Howe (U.S. release)
Ice Age: Continental Drift – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Diary of a Nymphomaniac
– Roque Banos – Saimel
Film Music Spectacular: The Best of Tadlow Music
– various – Tadlow
I Due Kennedy/La Donna Degli Antri E Sempre Piu Bella
– Carlo Savina – Saimel
Lady in a Cage – Paul Glass – Kritzerland
Les Adieux a La Reine – Bruno Coulais – Quartet
Les Biches
– Pierre Jansen – Saimel
Lilies of the Field
– Jerry Goldsmith – Perseverance
Notre Dame de Paris: The Music of Maurice Jarre
– Maurice Jarre – Tadlow

Source: Film Score Monthly

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 05/17/2012

The Postman Always Rings Twice – Michael Small (Intrada Special Collection Volume 197) – 60:20

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Jerry Goldsmith ( Intrada MAF 7119) – 131:51