Thursday, December 16, 2010

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad Movie Suite

7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Suite
Music by Bernard Herrmann

This is the first movie suite to be shared by Bernard Herrmann. When this movie spectacle was released in 1958, fans flocked to see the siblimely strange creatures and magic of Ray Harryhausen, the special effects wizard.  What they also heard is now considered one of the masterworks of composer Bernard Herrmann from his lengthy career.  Best known for his extensive work with Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Herrman, was the film-noire composer extraordinaire, but for this score, he went all-out for adventure and highly dramatic cues. A slightly eastern sounding orchestra explodes with horns and percussion with an arabic flourish as the movie suite opens, dragging us into the mix while we experience the musical story of Sinbad.  There are some slow moments when your mind wanders before the final notes sweep us to the powerful conclusion.  With a timing of 18:54, this frantic work feels like it's only a few minutes long, but if you've never heard this before, I think you'll really enjoy it.  -MJ

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Movie Suite

Pearl Harbor Suite
Music by Hans Zimmer

As usual, we will not comment on the merits of this blockbuster from 2001, except to say that it is another recent attempt by Hollywood to show the relationship of love as the evils of war intrude.  The score on the other hand, stands out as an excellent example of Hans Zimmer's earlier works before he became one of Hollywoods busiest composers. With his usage of piano, synthesizers and the orchestra with a small dose of choral voices, he does not become stuck in the what may have been, but delivers an understated work that has been overshadowed by so many of his other works, such as Gladiator.  With a timing of 25:49, you owe it too yourself to give this a listen, because if you like Mr. Zimmer's work, you'll enjoy this, too!  -MJ

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Tora! Tora! Tora! The Movie Suite

Tora, Tora, Tora Suite
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

The December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor was given a docu-drama feel when this motion picture was released in 1970.  Jerry Goldsmith, the well-known master composer of many of the 60's best movie scores such as; The Blue Max and Planet of The Apes was given the nod to pen the score.  Chosing a minimalistic approach, Mr. Goldsmith emersed us into Japanese themes and in-your-face drums that he sparsely mixes with the orchestra to create an effective score.  Offered here is the movie suite to that score which certainly showcases some of the master's earlier talents for ominous tension and deliberate staging. With a timing of  17:02, I hope you'll enjoy this as you reflect upon a historical event in the history of the USA.  -MJ

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Natural Movie Suite

Natural, The Suite
Music by Randy Newman

Now that the golden days of summer are far behind us, and the world series is just a memory, we can home-in on a baseball, movie suite that is surprisingly entertaining.  Since this is the first suite we are going to hear by Mr. Newman, we should remember that he penned numerous motion picture scores during the seventies and eighties, but most agree that this is by far, his very best orchestral score.  The jazzy feel evokes the feel of the good ole days gone by, yet there are moments of fantasy that are carried off to the extreme when the main theme kicks in about 1/3 of the way in.  Later as we're relaxing again, the build to the pre-eminent conclusion is fantastic. With a timing of only 17:57 this movie suite is fun, rewarding and too short! Sure hope you enjoy this one!  -MJ

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