On an iTunes buying spree. I like very lush, evocative orchestral scores. My latest purchases are Elmer Bernstein's Age of Innocence, Bernard Hermann's Vertigo and Ryuichi Sakamoto's The Last Emperor.
[quote]I like very lush, evocative orchestral scores.
I'll say it first...MARY!
John Addison's Bafta-winning score for A Bridge Too Far is simply gorgeous.
Ennio Morricone - Malena
Rachel Portman's score for THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is certainly lush. I find the film overly sentimental and cloying but the score is lovely to listen to on its own.
Gabriel Yared's score for POSSESSION is gorgeous.
Also love Thomas Newman's scores for LITTLE WOMEN, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, and ANGELS IN AMERICA, though his style probably wouldn't be called lush.
It's hard to go wrong with Herrmann. If you like VERTIGO (which is one of his materpieces), you might enjoy his score for DePalma's homage film OBSESSION.
The Portrait of a Lady- Wojech Kilar.
Mediocre film. Great score.
"The Moderns" soundtrack by Mark Isham is my favourite. It's jazzy, so OP probably wouldn't like it.
Pino Donaggio's scores for Dressed to Kill and Carrie are wonderful. Don't listen to them at the gym, the stalking museum music from Dressed to Kill will give you anxiety.
Philip Glass's score for The Hours is gorgeous.
I find myself listening to the score for Waking Life quite often. I like the music more than I liked the movie.
Angelo Badalamenti's score in David Lynch films
Anything Harold Faltermeyer.
Also Quincy Jones on 'The Anderson Tapes' - amongst everything else he's composed for film.
A Very Long Engagement
To Kill a Mockingbird
How to Make an American Quilt
Walk on the Wild Side
I Want to Live!
How the West was Won
The Great Gatsby
Days of Heaven
Picnic including "Moonglow"
Doctor Zhivago pretty much anything by composer Maurice Jarre.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Gone With the Wind
The Wizard of Oz two disc set includes all the music and is quite fun.
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Days of heaven, Out of Africa, Somewhere in Time, Diva, Witness, Amacord
The Secret Garden
Meet Joe Black
It's the 2012 homage to old movie scores.
In the Mood for Love, though it's difficult to find, let alone the 2-disc version of the soundtrack. I had to track down about 26 clips from youtube. I'm not about to spend $60+ on some used import from a second-hand seller on Amazon.
'Chouans!' by Georges Delerue is perfect.
In general, i consider Georges Delerue one the greatest film composers.
'L'important c'est d'aimer'
are also two soundtracks of Georges Delerue that reached perfection.
Granada TV's version of Dr. Zhivago with soundtrack by Ludovico Einaudi - the cd is only available in the UK but it is amazing.
John Barry Out of Africa and The Lion in Winter
Nino Rota Amarcord
Adolph Deutsch The Apartment
Maurice Jarre Ryan's Daughter
Max Steiner Now, Voyager
Charlie Chaplin Modern Times
Ennio Morricone The Mission
Richard Rodney Bennett Murder on the Orient Express
Bernhard Hermann Vertigo
I was just coming over here to recommend Murder on the Orient Express.
I admit to loving most of Alan Silvestri's work (well, okay, I'm sick of Forrest Gump). A Christmas Carol is one of my holiday listening favorites.
Also loved Philip Glass's soundtrack for Notes on a Scandal, but although it was perfect for the movie it does become kind of an earworm.
Melancholia, a classical score by Wagner, not in the same category, but it's so beautiful and is perfect for the movie.
Anything from Georges Delerue is gorgeous. Agnes of God, Crimes of the Heart, Rich in Love.
But his most melodic and beautiful has to be his score for RICH AND FAMOUS, the last movie by George Cukor. It's a pretty trashy movie, but Delerue scores it like the height of romantic drama.
Basil Poledouris' "The Blue Lagoon" is the most beautiful score in movies. I could see a Ballet company doing this. Ridiculous it wasn't even nominated and the score (which is the background music, not individual songs) to "Fame" won. Just listen for two minutes....
Another vote for Portrait of a Lady
Camille Claudel -- Gabriel Yared
The Draftsman's Contract -- Michael Nyman
Lord Jim and Mutiny on the Bounty -- Bronislau Kaper
Planet of the Apes, Papillion, and Logan's Run -- Jerry Goldsmith
Cleopatra -- Alex North
El Cid, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Providence (among others) -- Miklos Rozsa
If you ever get a chance, don't see the movie, but try to hear the score to "Creation" with Paul Bettany. Christopher Young is mostly known as a horror movie/thriller composer (his best of that genre was Jennifer 8) but this one is beautiful and melodic.
THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR by Bernard Herrman
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Elmer Bernstein
DRIVING MISS DAISY - Hans Zimmer
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT - Michael Gore
FIELD OF DREAMS - James Horner