Grammy Award Winning Arranger Nan Schwartz contributes orchestrations for Oscar nominated scores ARGO and LIFE OF PI


Schwartz receives Grammy-nomination “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist” for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London Symphony Orchestra.

(West Hollywood, CA) January 31, 2013—Grammy award winning arranger/composer Nan Schwartz contributed orchestrations to two Oscar nominated film scores this year: ARGO and LIFE OF PI. The score for ARGO won the Satellite Award, the score for Life of Pi won the Golden Globe and both scores are Academy Award nominated. Nan Schwartz is nominated this year for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London Symphony Orchestra. 

For ARGO, film composer Alexandre Desplat combined Iranian influences with classic orchestration. He turned to colleague Nan Schwartz, who had previously worked with him on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and the Oscar nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button among other projects. LIFE OF PI marks her first collaboration with the film’s composer Mychael Danna.

Nan Schwartz’s talents as an arranger are displayed on trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s latest CD, “Dear Diz,” a three-time Latin Grammy winner (2012) and a three-time Grammy nominee this year. In addition, Schwartz recently returned from Berlin where she conducted her arrangements for European superstar/musician Till Bronner.

A pioneer female composer, Nan Schwartz has garnered accolades for her work. Her musical talents can be heard in all genres, from numerous television series, jazz albums, concert works to film scores. In 2009, she received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for “Here’s That Rainy Day” performed by Natalie Cole. Other Grammy nominations include her arrangements on John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra’s Night and Day: Celebrate Sinatra. As a composer, Schwartz is best known for scoring the entire television series In the Heat of the Night. Other awards include seven Emmy award nominations, including an unprecedented three in one year. Additionally, Nan Schwartz has created demo recordings based on the best seller E.L. James Fifty Shades of Gray. She hopes her musical interpretation earns her consideration as the composer for the upcoming film.

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS SLAYS OSCAR-NOMINEES AT BOX OFFICE


SCORE BY HANS ZIMMER PROTÉGÉ ATLI ORVARSSON
Now In Theaters 

(West Hollywood, CA)- January 31, 2013—If the words “other-worldly,” “mysterious,” and “extreme” can be used to describe the preternatural landscapes and stirring emotions that Iceland evokes in our imaginations, then Icelandic composer Atli Orvarsson has certainly hit home with his score for the film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, now in theaters. Hansel and Gretel is a dark and edgy reinvention of the classic fairytale in which Hansel and Gretel have grown up to become highly-skilled bounty hunters out to rid the world of witches. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directs the film, and along with Dante Harper, Wirkola also wrote the screenplay. Hansel and Gretel is a Paramount Pictures/MGM production starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Peter Stormare. In addition to scoring Hansel and Gretel, Orvarsson recently scored the dark drama/thriller A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell. Orvarsson currently scores the hit NBC series Chicago Fire, for which he provides original music every week, and he is contributing music under Hans Zimmer to the new Zack Snyder Superman reinstallment Man of Steel. The Hansel and Gretel score album is now available on La-La Land Records.

Soundtrack Review: ARGO (Alexandre Desplat)


ArgoCDMusic composed by Alexandre Desplat
Label: WaterTower Music
Catalog:  WTM39382
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Rating: **½

Frenchman Alexandre Desplat tends to be the most balanced of the great film composers out there and on Argo he went to the opposite direction, but the effect is not the best cut, as some would say. The complete bulk is quite chaotic and it reflects the period of time and country, which is completely acceptable since this is a film about a heist to rescue people from a hostage crisis in Iran in 1979. Nonetheless, the performance leaves a sense that something is missing.

First off, if I were to give this job to anyone, Desplat would not be on the list. Simply because his music tends to be overly dramatic rather than tense; since running out of time is the main problem, someone else should be scoring this film. A temp score that would perfectly fit here is Harry Gregson-WilliamsSpy Games and he is a great pal of Mr. Ben Affleck. Therefore, the question is posed: Why not Gregson-Williams? Answering that is completely irrelevant so let us get on with some factual analysis.

Instead of pursuing the way of a psychological thriller and action movie, Desplat tried to go through an ethnical way and the result is not a “greatest-hits”. Some would definitely say Argo’s music sounds more adventurous than life-threatening-wise and Alexandre Desplat should try playing his own Syriana score, which was a tremendous job, throughout the whole film. All and all, Argo OMPS has its clarity moments on “Scent of Death”, that starts with lots of imagery, evoking memories of the good spy films from the 70’s.

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – January 29 to March 19


January 29
Antinea Lamante Della Citta Sepolta [Journey Beneath the Desert]
 – Carlo Rustichelli – GDM
Bond for Orchestra (re-recordings) – John Barry, David Arnold, etc. – Carl Davis Collection
Boss Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore
Concerto Per Pistola Solist
a – Francesco De Masi – Beat
First Love – John Barry – La-La Land
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score 
– various – Lakeshore
Gracie Zia
 – Ennio Morricone – Digitmovies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Atli Orvarsson – La-La Land
Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata [Nightmare City] – Stelvio Cipriani – Digitmovies
La Faccio Violenta Di New York
 – Riz Ortolani – Beat
La Moglie Giovane
 – Stelvio Cipriani – Beat
L’arbitro [Football Crazy] – Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Digitmovies
Rimini Rimini Un Anno Dopo
 – Franco Micalizzi – Beat
Stand Up Guys Lyle Workman – Lakeshore

February 5 
Microcosmos – Bruno Coulais – Varese Sarabande
Parker 
– David Buckley – Varese Sarabande

February 12
Beautiful Creatures – The Newno2 – Watertower
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash – Marc Shaiman – Columbia
A Good Day to Die Hard – Marco Beltrami – Sony
John Dies at the End – Brian Tyler – La-La Land
Magic City 
– Daniele Lupi – Silva
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – various – La-La land

February 19
Bullet to the Head
 – Steve Mazzaro – Varese Sarabande
Side Effects – Thomas Newman – Varese Sarabande

February 26
Phantom – Jeff Rona – Milan
Stoker – Clint Mansell – Milan

March 5 
Identity Thief – Christopher Lennertz – La-La Land
Snitch – Antonio Pinto – Lakeshore

March 19
Frozen Planet
 – George Fenton – Silva
S.O.S. Titanic – Howard Blake – Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation 
– Jeff Danna – Lakeshore

Date Unknown
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days – Patrick Williams – Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous – Georges Delerue – Universal France
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic – Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur
 – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality]
 – Ennio Morricone – GDM
Who’s Got the Action – George Duning – Kritzerland

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LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/24/2013


Dave (Expanded) – James Newton Howard (La-La Land LLLCD 1234) – 67:25

Duello Nel Texas – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies DPDM 005)

E Alla Fine Lo Chiamarono Jerusalem L’Implacabile – Franco Micalizzi (Digitmovies CDDM 229)

Flight Of The Intruder – Basil Poledouris (Intrada Special Collection Volume 227) – 55:25

Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky (Varese Sarabande 302 067 178 2)

Joe Kidd – Lalo Schifrin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 234) – 43:21

Poliziotto Solitudine E Rabbia – Stelvio Cipriani (Digitmovies CDDM 228)

The Relic – John Debney (La-La Land LLLCD 1237) – 62:12

Rosmunda E Alboino – Carlo Rustichelli (Digitmovies CDDM 226)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: February 22 to March 5


January 22
Mama
 – Fernando Velazquez – Quartet

January 29
Antinea Lamante Della Citta Sepolta [Journey Beneath the Desert]
 – Carlo Rustichelli – GDM
Bond for Orchestra (re-recordings) – John Barry, David Arnold, etc. – Carl Davis Collection
Boss Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore
Concerto Per Pistola Solist
a – Francesco De Masi – Beat
First Love – John Barry – La-La Land
Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score 
– various – Lakeshore
Gracie Zia
 – Ennio Morricone – Digitmovies
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Atli Orvarsson – La-La Land
Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata [Nightmare City] – Stelvio Cipriani – Digitmovies
La Faccio Violenta Di New York
 – Riz Ortolani – Beat
La Moglie Giovane
 – Stelvio Cipriani – Beat
L’arbitro [Football Crazy] – Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – Digitmovies
Magic City – Daniele Lupi – Silva
Parker 
– David Buckley – Varese Sarabande
Rimini Rimini Un Anno Dopo
 – Franco Micalizzi – Beat
Silent Hill: Revelation 
– Jeff Danna – Lakeshore
Stand Up Guys Lyle Workman – Lakeshore

February 5 
Bullet to the Head
 – Steve Mazzaro – Varese Sarabande
Microcosmos – Bruno Coulais – Varese Sarabande
February 12
Beautiful Creatures – The Newno2 – Watertower
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash – Marc Shaiman – Columbia
A Good Day to Die Hard – Marco Beltrami – Sony
John Dies at the End – Brian Tyler – La-La Land
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – various – La-La land

February 19
Side Effects – Thomas Newman – Varese Sarabande

March 5 
Identity Thief – Christopher Lennertz – La-La Land

Date Unknown
Attention, Les Enfants Regardent/L’Indiscretion
 – Eric Demarsan – Music Box
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
 – Georges Delerue – Universal France
The Conformist/The Little Girl in Blue Velvet
 – Georges Delerue – Music Box
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic – Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur
 – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality]
 – Ennio Morricone – GDM
Vendredi Ou La vie Sauvage (Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday)
 – Maurice Jarre – Music Box

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Soundtrack Review: TRON: UPRISING (Joseph Trapanese)


TRON_uprising_CDMusic composed by Joseph Trapanese
Label: Walt Disney Records
Catalog: D001405902
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Rating: ****

Joseph Trapanese can be called the bloke who makes a tremendous job but does not appear much, that can be said because Mr Trapanese worked on Tron: Legacy from scratch to the final product and arranged the new orchestral version of Moby’s Extreme Ways for The Bourne Ultimatum, that sums up his qualifications. The reason for Joseph Trapanese to be the fella who does not appear much are rather uncertain but the fact is that he pulled out a terrific job of mixing and editing on Tron: Legacy, and was called to be a crucial part for the Tron: Uprising television series project. The difference here lies essentially on the source, music for cinema tends to be more surface-wise, on the other hand, music for television tends to be rather more synthetic and background-ish. Nonetheless, Trapanese managed to bring some balls-to-the-walls moments to light, as the Americans would say.

For the technical fans, all the patches from Tron: Legacy can be found on Tron: Uprising, which sort of leads to a continuum movement towards the stream of the story so the viewer can evolve from the previous experience but with familiar aspects, overtones and music excerpts. Trapanese goes sort of deeper on Uprising, the melodies are harsher and the harmonies tend to be more intricate, mysterious, some might call them leery-ish. Furthermore, he plays a lot hide and seek and the dynamics have improved considerably, so those who were not very into the previous work might think this one is for the film and the other is for the television series. Continue reading Soundtrack Review: TRON: UPRISING (Joseph Trapanese)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/17/2013


Carrie – Pino Donaggio (Kritzerland KR 20017-5)

Hot Spell / The Matchmaker – Alex North / Adolph Deutsch (Kritzerland KR 20023-6)

Hud / The Lonely Man – Elmer Bernstein / Nathan Van Cleave (Kritzerland KR 20023-8)

Le Conformiste / La Petite Fille En Velours Bleu – Georges Delerue (Music Box MBR 022)

Uncovered – Philippe Sarde (Quartet QRSCE054)

Vendredi Ou La Vie Sauvage – Maurice Jarre (Music Box MBR 02)