LAKESHORE RECORDS RELEASES ‘EMPEROR’ SOUNDTRACK

Featuring Original Music by Alex Heffes

(February 26, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Emperor – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 5, 2013.  Alex Heffes (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) composed the original score.

“Emperor is a film that deals with the meeting of two cultures at the crossroads of 20th Century world history,” said Heffes.  “This is a rich and complex backdrop for scoring a movie.”

Alex Heffes is an award-winning British film composer whose scores scores have been nominated for BAFTA, Ivor Novello, European Film Academy, NAACP, Black Reel and ASCAP awards. In 2011 he was awarded discovery of the year by the World Soundtrack Academy and in 2012 was awarded best film score of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards in London.

Heffes originally rose to prominence with his scores to Kevin Macdonald’s Academy Award-winning films One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland and BAFTA-winning Touching the Void. More recent scores include The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, Charles Ferguson’s Academy Award-winning Inside Job, Catherine Hardwicke’s fantasy thriller Red Riding Hood and the upcoming feature The Tomb, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Continue reading LAKESHORE RECORDS RELEASES ‘EMPEROR’ SOUNDTRACK

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – February 26 to April 2

February 26
Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time – Robert Folk – Buysoundtrax
The Fury – John Williams – La-La Land
I Magliari Piero Piccioni – Beat
La Bestia Nella Spazia – Marcello Giombini – Beat
The Naked Maja – Angelo Francesco Lavagnino – Digitmovies
1000 Dollari Su Nero
– Michele Lacereneza – Beat
Passion – Pino Donaggio – Quartet
Phantom – Jeff Rona – Milan
Piero Umiliani: Discomusic
– Piero Umiliani – Beat
Providence – Miklos Rozsa – Digitmovies
Sai Cosa Faceva Stalin Alle Donne
Ennio Morricone – Beat
Stoker
– Clint Mansell – Milan
Super Fantozzi
– Fred Bongusto – Digitmovies
The Touch
– Basil Poledouris – Buysoundtrax
Vivo o Preferibilmente Morti 
– Gianni Ferrio – Digitmovies

March 5
Identity Thief – Christopher Lennertz – La-La Land
Side Effects – Thomas Newman – Varese Sarabande
Snitch – Antonio Pinto – Lakeshore

March 12
Napoleon et l’Europe
– Wojciech Kilar – Music Box
The Outsiders – Carmine Coppola – Music Box

March 19
Frozen Planet
– George Fenton – Silva
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – Liam Hayes – Alternative Distribution Alliance
Les Miserables (2-disc Deluxe Edition)Claude-Michel Schonberg – Universal Republic
S.O.S. Titanic – Howard Blake – Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation 
– Jeff Danna – Lakeshore

March 26
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani
– Roger Limb – Silva

April 2
Dead Man Down – Jacob Groth – Varese Sarabande
G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Henry Jackman – Varese Sarabande
House of Cards – Jeff Beal – Varese Sarabande
Spartacus: War of the DamnedJoseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Caprica (the series) Bear McCreary – La-La Land

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LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 02/21/2012

Bullet To The Head – Steve Mazzaro (Varese Sarabande 302 067 180 2)

Butch And Sundance: The Early Days – Patrick Williams (Kritzerland KR 20024-6)

Gladiator (1992 – Unused Score) – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 231) – 35:51

Good Day To Die Hard – Marco Beltrami (Sony 43712)

In CountryJames Horner (Intrada Special Collection Volume 230) – 51:31

John Dies At The End – Brian Tyler (La-La Land LLLCD 1245)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway, John Debney, etc. (La-La Land LLLCD 1239, 4 CDs) – 309:47

Who’s Got The Action?George Duning (Kritzerland KR 20024-3)

Soundtrack Review: MUSIC FROM THE HOBBIT & THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Howard Shore)

SILCD1397Music composed by Howard Shore. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nic Rayne, Evan Jolly
Label: Silva Screen
Catalog:  SILCD 1397
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Rating: ****

Long-time David Cronenberg collaborator, the Canadian Howard Shore knows how to diversify his dynamics and when it comes to this, there is no-one like him. His work can be found on Seven, The Silence of The Lambs, Gangs of New York, Edge of Darkness (US) and The Departed.

As mentioned above Shore’s main outlined characteristic is dynamics and he also tends to layer things up so you need to listen the same track a few times to grasp all elements, even when you expect something there is slightly something on the edge that can turn a small piece into a rather lush track full of colours and brightness. Needless to say that if you analyse the track graphic there will never be a flat line all along but rather lots of “mountains” that seem quite fit for The Rings purpose. Continue reading Soundtrack Review: MUSIC FROM THE HOBBIT & THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Howard Shore)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – February 19 to April 2

February 19
Bullet to the Head
 – Steve Mazzaro – Varese Sarabande
Four Assassins
– Andrea Matthias – Kronos
A Good Day to Die Hard 
– Marco Beltrami – Sony

February 26
The Naked Maja
– Angelo Francesco Lavagnino – Digitmovies
Passion – Pino Donaggio – Quartet
Phantom – Jeff Rona – Milan
Providence
– Miklos Rozsa – Digitmovies
Stoker – Clint Mansell – Milan
Super Fantozzi
– Fred Bongusto – Digitmovies
Vivo o Preferibilmente Morti 
– Gianni Ferrio – Digitmovies

March 5
Identity Thief – Christopher Lennertz – La-La Land
Side Effects – Thomas Newman – Varese Sarabande
Snitch – Antonio Pinto – Lakeshore

March 12
Napoleon et l’Europe
– Wojciech Kilar – Music Box
The Outsiders – Carmine Coppola – Music Box

March 19
Frozen Planet
– George Fenton – Silva
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – Liam Hayes – Alternative Distribution Alliance
S.O.S. Titanic – Howard Blake – Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation 
– Jeff Danna – Lakeshore

March 26
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani
– Roger Limb – Silva

April 2
Spartacus: War of the Damned – Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Caprica (the series) – Bear McCreary – La-La Land
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous – Georges Delerue – Universal France
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic – Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Laura – David Raksin – Kritzerland
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Murder on the Orient Express – Richard Rodney Bennett – Quartet
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality] – Ennio Morricone – GDM
War-Gods of the Deep/Crossplot – Stanley Black – Quartet

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HOLLYWOOD FILM MUSIC TO BE PREMIERED IN CHINA FOR THE FIRST TIME FEBRUARY 23rd, 2013

Hollywood Love Stories – Great Romantic Film Music to be performed by the Macau Orchestra conducted by Lu Jia at the Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Macau Resort in Macau, China 

Special guest performances by U.S. flutist Sara Andon and Italian violinist Paolo Morena 

Event hosted and produced by Robert Townson of Varése Sarabande Records

(Los Angeles, CA) February 12, 2013— Romantic Hollywood film music is headed to China, marking the first performance of film music by the Macau Orchestra and the first Hollywood film music concert in China. Conducted by Lü Jia, Great Romantic Film Music is hosted by Varése Sarabande Records’ producer Robert Townson. World-renowned U.S. flutist Sara Andon and Italian violinist Paolo Morena will be featured as part of the concert. The historic event will be held on February 23, 2013 at the Venetian Macau Resort and Hotel, in Macau, China. The event marks the debut concert of an illustrious collection of romantic film music from American and International composers. The Venetian Resort and Hotel is the largest gambling casino in the world. The revenues generated through gambling in Macau are five times greater than Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased for the concert at:

https://www.cotaiticketing.com/VCLTicketing/eventDetail.do?eventCode=hollywood2013

The film music of American composers Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, John Williams, Dave Grusin, Bernard Herrmann, Michael Kamen, James Horner and Henry Mancini will be featured, as well as international composers including England’s John Barry, France’s Georges Delerue, Scotland’s Patrick Doyle and Craig Armstrong, and Italy’s Nino Rota. Sara Andon’s program will feature the premier performance of Georges Delerue’s Academy Award-winning theme from A Little Romance and a special arrangement of Alex North’s Love Theme from Spartacus.

Flutist SARA ANDON is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. She is a versatile performer in many music genres including solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, ballet, jazz and Broadway. Andon has performed at concerts venues, TV and radio broadcasts worldwide. Additionally, her performances can be heard on numerous film soundtracks.

PAOLO MORENA is an acclaimed Italian violinist who has previously been featured as a guest with the Macau Orchestra. Winner of many international violin competitions, Morena is described as “The Most Notable Violinist of the New Generation.” Academy® Award winning composer Luis Bacalov (Il Postino) dedicated his first Concerto Grosso, for violin and orchestra, to Morena. Morena has recorded for Decca Records and RAI, Italy’s premier television network.

Founded in 1978, Varése Sarabande was the first label to specialize in film music, releasing both new films scores and issuing classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The most prolific film music label in the world, Varése Sarabande currently has over 1500 soundtracks in its catalogue, which grows by 60 to 70 film scores each year. This year marks the label’s 35th anniversary; Varése Sarabande will be hosting a series of concerts in Southern California and throughout the world including in Spain, Poland, and Vienna.

JOHN OTTMAN SCORES ‘JACK THE GIANT SLAYER’

(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning film editor/film composer JOHN OTTMAN reteams with director Bryan Singer for Warner Bros.’ epic fantasy JACK THE GIANT SLAYER. Score album available on Watertower Music. JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is not Ottman and Singer’s first confrontation with the forces of evil. The team has gone from confronting Nazis in APT PUPIL and VALKYRIE to fighting villains in FANTASTIC FOUR and XMEN 2. Ottman’s classically styled score for JACK THE GIANT SLAYER harkens back to classic adventure movies. Using a 100-piece orchestra, Ottman’s score contributes to the tension, adventure and grandeur. Ottman explains, ‘There aren’t many current films that give license to classically styled scores, but Jack the Giant Slayer called for it – a throwback to vintage adventures and the perfect invitation to compose broad music that tells a story and wears its intent on its sleeve.” JACK THE GIANT SLAYER opens March 1st.

Ottman has film edited and scored all but one of Singer’s films including THE USUAL SUSPECTS and SUPERMAN RETURNS; Ottman could not collaborate on X-MEN because he was directingURBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT. John Ottman spent over two years working on JACK THE GIANT SLAYER as the film’s editor, composer and associate producer. JACK is a departure from other film collaborations between Ottman and director Bryan Singer. Ottman explains, “Past projects required music to ride a sensitive line, conjuring up psychological ironies buried deep in subtext. The music for Jack needed to reflect time-honored themes: good versus evil, magic, a love story and an unlikely hero. “I didn’t want the music to be cutesy or cliché. Instead, the aim was to push the score to reflect the gravitas of a world we took seriously. Too frivolous and the movie would be dismissed as silly; too serious, the experience would become a downer. So there’s always a line, and this was the one I was riding on Jack.”

Ottman created four main themes: Jack’s, the love theme (or Isabelle’s), Roderick’s, and the crown. For the giants, the composer wanted an instantly recognizable primal motif; what he calls the “boom clack” (A taiko drum slammed on the skin and then on the side with sticks, often surrounded by clashing woodwinds.) The beans also have their own brief motif with solo tremolo strings, glockenspiel and choir. Roderick’s playfully sinister music features dulcimer and rising classical chords.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The film tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend–and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

John Ottman and Bryan Singer first began collaborating as film editor/composer and director, respectively, while students at USC’s Film School on the film project PUBLIC ACCESS which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. John Ottman won the prestigious BAFTA award in editing for THE USUAL SUSPECTS and a nomination from the A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors). Ottman continues to edit all of Singer’s films. As a film composer, Ottman has successfully traversed every genre. His wide range of credits include the dark comedy CABLE GUY, the thrillerGOTHIKA, numerous superhero movies including FANTASTIC FOUR 1 & 2 and SUPERMAN RETURNS as well as the drama KISS KISS BANG BANG and the Sci-fi blockbuster, THE INVASION. Ottman’s film scores have earned him a Saturn Award and several BMI Film Music Awards. As Hollywood’s only editor/composer of blockbusters, John Ottman made his directorial debut with the film URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – February 12 to April 2

February 12
Beautiful Creatures – The Newno2 – Watertower
Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash – Marc Shaiman – Columbia
John Dies at the End – Brian Tyler – La-La Land
La Migliore OffertaEnnio Morricone – Warner (import)
Magic City – Daniele Lupi – Silva
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – various – La-La land

February 19
Bullet to the Head
 – Steve Mazzaro – Varese Sarabande
Four Assassins
– Andrea Matthias – Kronos
A Good Day to Die Hard 
– Marco Beltrami – Sony
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
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – Liam Hayes – Alternative Distribution Alliance
S.O.S. Titanic – Howard Blake – Silva
Silent Hill: Revelation 
– Jeff Danna – Lakeshore

March 26
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani
– Roger Limb – Silva

April 2
Spartacus: War of the DamnedJoseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Caprica (the series) Bear McCreary – La-La Land
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous – Georges Delerue – Universal France
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic – Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Laura – David Raksin – Kritzerland
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Murder on the Orient Express – Richard Rodney Bennett – Quartet
Una Pura Formalita [A Pure Formality] – Ennio Morricone – GDM
War-Gods of the Deep/Crossplot – Stanley Black – Quartet

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