Sunday, January 30, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Movie Suite, Part 1

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Suite Part 1
Music by Alexandre Desplat

When it was announced that Alexandre Desplat had been chosen to orchestrate the latest Harry Potter franchise, it was very disappointing news. Simply put, most of his other motion picture scores are barely listenable mood music, so due to that, his other scores have not become movie suites.  Believe me, although Mr. Desplat is an excellent music technician, his minimalistic approach at creating the "mood" has never transferred well into a compositional movie suite. Recently while attending this motion picture, it was apparant that much of the time, there was simply no music for many of the scenes; in other words long moments of sustained silence! It seemed destiny that this might be the first Harry Potter film without a movie suite to match. Ah, but now that the soundtrack has been released, and the score has been massaged, we have found a movie suite that may be the best of all the Harry Potter suites. Really!  So sorry Mr. Williams.  So sorry Mr. Doyle.  And so very sorry, Mr. Hooper. With a timing of 31:49, I do believe that you'll enjoy this one.  -MJ


Friday, January 28, 2011

The Wolfman Movie Suite

Wolfman, The Suite
Music by Danny Elfman

One thing that's certain, is that Mr. Elfman can bring out the terror in his music at the drop of his baton.  The movie suite that we have here is a thrilling masterwork that will cause you to pause and look over your shoulder as you listen. You just can't help it.  Evoking a similar sound that was used for another terror-ific movie suite by Wojciech Kilar for Bram Stokers Dracula,
  Mr. Elfman has given us a relentless pace that feels like the wolf is running beside you (or behind you) that ticks away, right up to the end. With a timing of 21:32, after you catch your breath, you'll look forward to hearing this one again. Enjoy!  -MJ

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Waterworld Movie Suite

Waterworld Suite
Music by James Newton Howard

Living in an age when our real world as we know it may come to an abrupt end on December 21, 2012, it is somewhat comforting that Waterworld offers a suggestion as to our impending outcome in an unreal vision.  As for the music accompanying this motion picture, we are blessed that it is a rousing romp of adventure and idyllic themes that jump out at us to grip tightly as we are transported to this wonderful world of water and hope.  Passed up in the past, we can now listen to this movie suite with abandon as it takes us away.  With a timing of 26:05, you probably haven't heard this before, so give it a listen and you may just enjoy!  -MJ

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Aviator Movie Suite

The Aviator Suite
Music by Howard Shore

Since the late seventies Mr. Shore has contributed many excellent motion picture scores for prosperity.  Hidden on the shelf by the Lord of the Rings and so many others, this short movie suite offers us another glimpse into the musical mind of a master composer. With a timing of 11:20, this is more like a statement of intent, with a full orchestra playing hard and fast, yet once you listen, you'll be impressed with the driving sound that is unlike any other suite that I have listened to. Sure do hope that you'll enjoy!  MJ

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Twister Movie Suite

Twister Suite
Music by Mark Mancina

We'll start the year out with a movie suite that grabs you by the short hairs and drags you along.  This is another first time movie suite for us, by the composer Mark Mancina, who has proven himself on no less than 50 motion pictures and almost 30 TV series.  On the one hand, his versatile nature was perfect for Twister as he uses a small amount of voices, acoustic guitar; electric guitar, as well as the complete orchestra to weave his tale. On the other hand, this score is rather difficult to get, so you are being treated to not only an awesome movie suite, but also a rare one.  With a timing of just under 25:00, you'll be swept away.  Hope you enjoy this!  -MJ

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