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  1. Hans Zimmer - The House of the Spirits

    Completely overlooked especially by the post-Batman era kids.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
  2. NP: Exile - Luca D'Alberto

    A non film score album, but if you like chamber instrumentation that is neither shy of minimalism or romanticism (how, I hear you ask), seek it out. D'Alberto has the goods, unshackled by the demands of the image. 'Grace' and 'Pianodiscotheque' resonate the most. ('Grace' will almost certainly show up in a future temp track of mine, so maybe that's the score connection.)
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
  3. Harry Gregson-Williams - Mulan

    I think this one is getting a bit underrated, sadly. I like it as it's firmly set in HGW's epic style without repeating the one battle ostinato he always has. Good use of Chinese instrumentation, a very nice theme for Mulan herself.

    And it works really well in the film, methinks. His epic style was always a bit more restrained, but I do dig it. It ain't no Kingdom of Heaven (if a tad more organic than that), but it has its strengths.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
    Kenji Kawai - every Fate/Stay Night release. Some truly outstanding material, as well as some utterly uninspiring music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-E40z1TzsI
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    NP: D'AMORE SI MUORE (Ennio Morricone)

    My Morricone collection has exploded since his passing (mostly in digital format). Probably 70-80 new titles, and mostly lyrical stuff, like this.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Still, like said, you should pursue the ´beyond traditional´ suspense and experimental music.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
    Joep wrote
    Still, like said, you should pursue the ´beyond traditional´ suspense and experimental music.


    I tried. I think I sampled some 10-15 of those scores in my Morricone walkthrough a few weeks ago. But very few of them ended up in my iTunes collection. There are some that have individual tracks in that territory, though (like the 22-minute last track on THE RED TENT, or the 15-minute track "La Citta" on LE DUE STAGIONI DELLA VITA). And -- surprisingly -- a few that have interesting dissonant textures (most of his dissonant textures leave me cold or annoyed). For example, LA TARANTOLA DAL VENTRE NERO (1971); that was intriguing. And a whole bunch that aren't lyrical, necessarily, but more quirky and odd. Here's my collection at the present time:

    http://celluloidtunes.no/_oldsite/non-w … ricone.jpg

    I'm sure there will come a time when I'm ready to take on EM's avantgarde/modernist scores, but that time isn't now, apparently.

    (I should point out that I have both great tolerance and love of dissonant music; I love my Penderecki, Webern, Stockhausen etc., just not all KINDS of dissonant/atonal stuff)
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    NP: GIORDANO BRUNO (Ennio Morricone)

    Beautiful, choral religious music. What's not to like?
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    NP: PLAYING BY HEART - JOHN BARRY

    Thanks to James Southall and his recent review for reminding me that this score exists. I think it must have been Tim (Timmer) who originally prompted me to check this out... years ago.

    What a gorgeous album. cool
  4. James Horner - Windtalkers

    Probably everyone has a few of these scores that you like but everyone else seems to hate. Windtalkers is such a case for me.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website