Ten Tracks Today – 19th October 2011


01 – “The Course of My Life” – Doctor Who: A Christmas CarolMurray Gold

There’s a melancholy (though it is only hinted at) to this track that reflects very concisely a sadness to The Doctor’s recollections of his life (if it is actually the Doctor’s life that the cue title refers!). As this character has developed it’s become increasingly clear the pain the Doctor feels being a Time Lord, and the composer put this across well here.

02 – “Scene II: (Pas de Deux) – Lullaby” – What Do We Do About Mother?Patrick Soluri

This is an orchestral score (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra) for a ballet premièred in 2007 that deals with the highs and lows of people caring for the aged. The score as a whole is well worth a listen and this track is a lovely restrained piece that’s delicate but at the same time soars with light strings flitting about.

03 – “Forever” – CracksJavier Navarrete

I really like scores that strongly feature strings and this track is a fine example. Closely miked you can hear every nuance the composer squeezes out from the strings. The string solo is full of emotion which is amplified by being played over a Philip Glass-like ostinato.

04 – “Theme” – KojakBilly Goldenberg

One of the things I love about these random playlists is that every now and again tracks like this appear. TV themes were a staple for me as I grew up and Goldenberg’s theme for the Telly Savalas vehicle was always a highlight on (Saturday?) evening television. The brass fanfare at the beginning would blare out from the TV and you knew justice was going to be served. Just love that brass staccato passage. But this extended version again highlights how the bridge just tends to be filler until the main theme reprises at the end.

05 – “Not Goin’ Home Anymore (Reprise)” – Butch Cassidy and The Sundance KidBurt Bacharach

I am not such a big fan of the film but Bacharach’s music is just excellent. Less famous than the song, it’s the tempo of this piece that I like so much. Quite a sad piece in fact.

06 – “The M-Machine” – MetropolisGottfried Huppertz

This track is one that I ripped off the older restoration DVD (the version before the one that was recently released on the Capriccio label (which is excellent). I was completely amazed by the quality of Huppertz’s music for a film made in 1927. This particular cue projects very well the monotonous life of the people servicing the huge machine. There’s also snippets of some of the various themes heard throughout the film. So pleased that this score has received a solid release.

07 – “Flaming Dragons” – Tropic ThunderTheodore Shapiro

A brilliant pastiche of action scoring that makes for one of the most enjoyable action scores of recent years. Love the Brian Tyler-styled beginning to the track. Great ethnic orchestration and pounding percussion.

08 – “On The Battlefield” – Red Cliff – Part 2Taro Iwashiro

Almost nine minutes of good action scoring. There is some Far East influences but this is quite Western in style. Great string writing and brass playing all adds up to a powerful and always interesting track.

09 – “Amy’s Theme” – Doctor Who: Series 5Murray Gold

I have felt a tail-off in my interest in Gold’s music for Doctor Who – in fact a falling away of my interest in Doctor Who in general. This theme for Amy is right on the edge of being annoying somehow. I think that it might actually be the use of the vocals: when the theme is heard in the orchestra I find in more interesting.

10 – “Epiphany” – The Dark HourAlfons Conde

Last track before bed! And I am hoping that it’s not going to influence too much any dreams I may have. It’s a powerful cue of obvious quality. There’s just the right level of melody and dissonance and Conde makes good and imaginative use of the the various sections of the orchestra.

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