Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Farewell To The King Movie Suite

Farewell To The King Suite
Music by Basil Poledouris

If you visited this blog before, you probably know that in my estimation, Basil Poledouris is one of the best motion picture score composers of all time. Of course you may not agree with me, and that's okay. On the other hand it's unfortunate that this is one of his lesser known works because it really soars. This movie suite circa 1989 has sweeping strings, musical influences from the South Pacific and a main theme that comfortably carries us on our journey. With a sound that is reminiscent of John Barry's Out Of Africa, this is a lush masterwork that belongs beside the most recognized movie suites.  With a timing of 23:28, I think you'll enjoy this one as soon as it begins.  -MJ


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lawrence of Arabia Movie Suite

Lawrence of Arabia Suite
Music by Maurice Jarre

It's been awhile since we had a classic movie suite, so here is an amazing suite from 1962 from one of the all-time master composer's of motion picture soundtracks, Maurice Jarre. Utilizing the percussion section of the orchestra to get us started, the cues shift back and forth from strings to horns to drums like the shifting sands of the dessert as we are taken on a lyrical musical adventure. Although much of this becomes slightly repetitious, you can forgive Mr. Jarre because that is how it was done 50 years ago.  With a timing of 26:27, if you haven't heard this before, I think you'll enjoy. If you know this music, I know you'll enjoy it!!  -MJ



Monday, September 19, 2011

Transformers Movie Suite

Transformers 1 Suite
Music by Steve Jablonsky

Mixing orchestral flourishes with thunderous synthesizers, Mr. Joblonsky has scored a movie suite that rarely slows a beat.  While sustaining the percussive impact, this music struts down the heroic soundscape into movie music history. The first of this successful series of blockbusters, this movie suite also has some choral moments blended into the tapestry for effect. Although this is a valiant effort, I am struck by the fact that it sounds reminiscent of so many of the other current crop of composers.  Did they all attend the same class? Or is it just flattery? With a timing of 28:26, this is another one for the archives. Hope you enjoy.  -MJ


Friday, September 9, 2011

Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen Movie Suite

Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen Suite
Music by Steve Jablonsky

On the second installment of this Sci-Fi series, Mr. Jablonsky decided to go the same route that many other contemporary motion picture score composers have gone by using sythesizers to produce much of the music.  Along with a mix of voices raised in choral splendor to increase the dramatic, this music runs the gamut. Fortunately for the movie suite, we have minimized the choral and concentrated on the orchestral portions of the music. Still, we have plenty of synth, percussive pounding and strange effects to retain the overall effect of the movie suite. With a timing of 21:20, I hope you enjoy listening.  -MJ

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