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Focus on the instrumental projects this week with the City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra, Francesco Tristano and Beyond the Planets!
The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra - Music From The Batman Trilogy
This unique compilation brings together the very best themes from the three Christopher Nolan Batman films, composed by two of the world’s greatest contemporary screen music writers, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.
Hans Zimmer’s illustrious career encompasses some of the biggest films of the last two decades including The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code, Inception and Sherlock Holmes. While James Newton Howard’s score work include Pretty Woman, The Prince Of Tides, The Sixth Sense and The Hunger Games.
The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra - The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection
The eight Harry Potter films form the largest grossing film franchise of all time, with total worldwide revenues of over $7 billion. In the top 20 list of the biggest ever grossing films worldwide, six are Harry Potter titles. (as of figures in 2012).
The music for the film series has featured the work of the cream of film composers including John Williams (who received Academy Award nominations for two films in the series), Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat.
This unique double LP, 33 track collection of new recordings by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra brings together the music from all eight films for the very first time.
The City of Prague Philoarmonic Orchestra - Music of Game of Thrones
In 2011 composer Ramin Djawadi was first asked to score a new TV series called Game of Thrones. In its first season much of the music was written for a small string ensemble, and filled out with synthetic pads and percussion. Over the course of the next six seasons the music budget got bigger and bigger to match the ever-increasing viewing figures the show was enjoying. This release celebrates the rich tapestry of music over the six series with the full firepower of an 80 piece symphony orchestra and choir.
Francesco Tristano - Tokyo Stories
The new album “Tokyo Stories” captures Francesco Tristano’s deeply held admiration for the city in 16 original compositions for piano, synthesizers and electronics. The album reflects his long personal connection to Tokyo, with each piece or ‘story’ crystallizing experiences that range from the profound to the happily serendipitous.
Composed by Tristano and recorded primarily in Tokyo, the album features a variety of guest artists on several tracks, including the Japanese musicians U-zhaan, Keiichiro Shibuya and Hiroshi Watanabe, Argentine electronic artist Guti and legendary French musician Michel Portal.
Rick Wakeman, Jeff Wayne, Kevin Peek - Beyond The Planets
Have you even wondered what would happen if the king of progressive rock keyboards teamed up with the bloke who wrote The War Of The Worlds rock opera and the guitarist with the late lamented Classical Rock group Sky? Well, you need wonder no longer! A reviewer on the Prog Archives writes: "Beyond the planets" is essentially the performance of Holst's "The planets" in a rock context. Wayne's contribution is limited to the composition of an Overture for the album. As this ends, some brief narration by Patrick Allen is heard. Allen does a great impression of Richard Burton, which when combined with Wayne's distinctive sound, immediately creates echoes of "War of the worlds". Allen returns a couple of times during the album to link tracks together with further brief narration. The familiar introduction to "Mars" (as used by Rainbow on "Eyes of the world" among many others) then takes over, and we launch into a full rendition of "The Planets suite". The music is performed dramatically and faithfully throughout, with Peek using various guitar sounds according to the mood of the piece.