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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

One of the joys of compiling a year-end list is revisiting film scores that I may have forgotten. With so many scores released over the last 12 months, it’s easy for one or more to slip through the cracks. As usual, some scores that I was sure would make my list didn’t. By all rights, Nick… More


Top 10 Film Scores of 2011

Film Score Click Track readers have had their say, now it’s my turn. I wonder if I’ll look back ten years from now and see 2011 as a turning point in my film music development. This past year, I found myself listening in different ways, with my attention captured by details and intricacies beyond the… More


Readers Poll: Top 10 Film Scores of 2011

2011…what a year in film music! Patrick Doyle took his music in “new” directions. Alexandre Desplat found his music subject to severe dissections. And two more John Williams scores were added to our collections. All three of these composers not surprisingly made the list of this year’s Readers Poll. Thanks to everyone who participated in… More


CD Review: Hugo

Martin Scorcese directing a family film? What the what? Based on Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, HUGO stars Asa Butterfield as an orphan living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris, who gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father (Jude Law), a bitter toy booth owner (Ben Kingsley),… More

The Lord of the Rings

CD Review: The Lord of the Rings Symphony

It’s been a big year for LORD OF THE RINGS fans. The extended editions were released on Blu-ray in June, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING celebrates its tenth anniversary, and now we finally see the release of Howard Shore‘s The Lord of the Rings Symphony on Howe Records, his personal label. With the help of conductor John Mauceri,… More

The Lord of the Rings

9 Favorite Film Scores of Howard Shore

June seems to be Howard Shore month. THE LORD OF THE RINGS extended editions are being released on Blu-ray at the end of the month, it was just announced that RETURN OF THE KING will return to Radio City in 2012, and tickets go on sale tomorrow for the first FELLOWSHIP West Coast concert tour this fall. So I… More


Top 10 Film Scores of 2010

Like many film music fans, I tend to lament the current state of film scoring. And then a year-end Top 10 list helps me refocus and appreciate the work that many composers are contributing to the art form. Sure, there’s still plenty of mediocrity and crap being written, often through no fault of the composer,… More


Spend Halloween with Howard Shore

Spend Halloween with Howard Shore as he narrates the 1-one hour radio documentary, UNSETTLING SCORES. Written and produced by John Klepko, the documentary takes us behind the creations of thriller-suspense film music. Shore’s music will be featured as well as the music of Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Michael Small, Krzysztof Komeda, jazz pianist Danny Zeitlin,… More


CD Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Let me admit right off the bat that I’m not a TWILIGHT fan. What little I read of Stephenie Meyer’s puerile prose in the first book offended me as a writer. I’ve seen the first two films and I find them to be poorly acted pabulum for the eyes and ears. And yet somehow three… More

Edge of Darkness

CD Review: Edge of Darkness

When it was announced back in October that John Corigliano’s score for the Mel Gibson thriller EDGE OF DARKNESS had been rejected in the 11th hour (the film was due to open a few weeks later), I was sorely disappointed. I had been looking forward to a new score from the Oscar winner after a 10-year… More