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Film score recommendations?

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.

by Anonymousreply 5310/21/2013

[quote]I like very lush, evocative orchestral scores.

I'll say it first...MARY!

by Anonymousreply 105/23/2012

John Addison's Bafta-winning score for A Bridge Too Far is simply gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 205/23/2012

Ennio Morricone - Malena

by Anonymousreply 305/23/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 405/23/2012

The Portrait of a Lady- Wojech Kilar.

Mediocre film. Great score.

by Anonymousreply 505/23/2012

"The Moderns" soundtrack by Mark Isham is my favourite. It's jazzy, so OP probably wouldn't like it.

by Anonymousreply 605/23/2012

Elmer Bernstein's "Taxi Driver"

by Anonymousreply 705/23/2012

Excuse me, "Taxi Driver" was Bernard Herrmann's last score, not Elmer Bernstein's.

Lush, violent interpretation of what is going on in Travis Bickle's mind, in any case.

by Anonymousreply 805/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 905/23/2012

"The Man With the Golden Arm" -- Shorty Rogers and His Giants with Shelly Manne

by Anonymousreply 1005/23/2012

Any Bernard Herrmann scores. I love his space and fantasy material. Alfred Newman scores if you love stings.

by Anonymousreply 1105/23/2012

Ennio Morricone, The Mission. Gorgeous.

Maurice Jarre, Lawrence of Arabia.

by Anonymousreply 1205/23/2012

BIRTH - Alexandre Desplat

by Anonymousreply 1305/23/2012

Nathan Barr's soundtracks from Hostel and Hostel 2 are, surprisingly, very good.

by Anonymousreply 1405/23/2012

Last of the Mohicans. Obvious one's like Gladiator,The Piano, The Mission. the Untouchables. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Once upon a time in America End of the Affair. Rocky!!

by Anonymousreply 1511/18/2012

Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith

L.A. Confidential - Jerry Goldsmith

Body Heat - John Barry

Thomas Crown Affair - Michel Legrand

and another vote for Bernard Herrmann's Obsession - an incredible score.

by Anonymousreply 1611/18/2012

Gone With The Wind.

Ben Hur.

Bridge on the River Kwai.

by Anonymousreply 1711/18/2012

If you don't mind French lyrics, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

by Anonymousreply 1811/18/2012

Bernard Herrmann-The Essential Film Music Collection (2 Discs)

by Anonymousreply 1911/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2011/18/2012

Angelo Badalamenti's score in David Lynch films SUPERB!

by Anonymousreply 2111/18/2012

I like the Days of Heaven soundtrack

by Anonymousreply 2211/18/2012

La Califfa - Ennio Morricone

by Anonymousreply 2311/18/2012

Anything Harold Faltermeyer. Also Quincy Jones on 'The Anderson Tapes' - amongst everything else he's composed for film.

by Anonymousreply 2411/18/2012

A Very Long Engagement

by Anonymousreply 2511/18/2012

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.

Raintree County

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ben Hur

Gone With the Wind

The Wizard of Oz two disc set includes all the music and is quite fun.

by Anonymousreply 2611/18/2012

[quote] How to Make an American Quilt


by Anonymousreply 2711/18/2012

Days of heaven, Out of Africa, Somewhere in Time, Diva, Witness, Amacord

by Anonymousreply 2811/18/2012

The Cardinal

Hurry Sundown

Washington Square

The Secret Garden

Meet Joe Black

by Anonymousreply 2911/18/2012


It's the 2012 homage to old movie scores.

by Anonymousreply 3011/18/2012

The Cell - Howard Shore

by Anonymousreply 3111/18/2012

Almost anything by Morricone, including "Days of Heaven."

Also: "Born on the Forth of July" (Williams)


Here's some "Glory":

by Anonymousreply 3211/18/2012

The Bruce Lee Story

by Anonymousreply 3311/18/2012

The Nathan Barr scores to Hostel and Hostel 2 are--surprisingly--very good.

by Anonymousreply 3411/18/2012

Dragonheart - Randy Edelman

by Anonymousreply 3511/18/2012

Have you heard of Erich Korngold? You'll love it.

by Anonymousreply 3611/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3711/18/2012

Say what you will about the film R27, but the main theme is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 3811/18/2012

More In the Mood for Love. Gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 3911/18/2012

'Chouans!' by Georges Delerue is perfect. In general, i consider Georges Delerue one the greatest film composers.

'Le Mepris'

'L'important c'est d'aimer'

are also two soundtracks of Georges Delerue that reached perfection.

by Anonymousreply 4011/18/2012

Granada TV's version of Dr. Zhivago with soundtrack by Ludovico Einaudi - the cd is only available in the UK but it is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 4111/18/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 4211/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4311/18/2012

Melancholia, a classical score by Wagner, not in the same category, but it's so beautiful and is perfect for the movie.

by Anonymousreply 4411/18/2012

I'll second and third the recommendations for Gattaca and Out of Africa.

by Anonymousreply 4511/19/2012

Anything by Laura Karpman.

by Anonymousreply 4611/19/2012

It's only one piece of music but I'm loving the music from the new Disney short film Paperman by Christophe Beck.

by Anonymousreply 4711/19/2012

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.

Love it.

by Anonymousreply 4811/19/2012

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....

by Anonymousreply 4911/19/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 5011/20/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5110/21/2013

THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR by Bernard Herrman




FIELD OF DREAMS - James Horner

by Anonymousreply 5210/21/2013

The score from Frida, and from La vi en rose.

by Anonymousreply 5310/21/2013
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