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The Essential Thomas Newman

Performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Now well into his fourth decade as a film composer, Thomas Newman is rightly considered one of the most distinctive voices in film music. From the outset he forged his own stylistic path, one of abstract soundscapes, precise emotional textures and graceful harmonies. It’s a palette the composer has stuck with throughout his career, and while some of his tools might have necessarily moved with the times, Thomas Newman has remained true to himself as an artist. A modern master who has created a signature sound that has endured for over thirty years. Amorphous, organic, and multi-dimensional and, despite the years, it remains as fresh today as it ever did. This collection of new recordings by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra brings together in a 2CD set the very best themes from the accomplished composer.

CD 1
1 Passengers – Spacewalk
2 Finding Dory – Main Title / Becky Flies
3 He Named Me Malala – I Am Malala
4 Spectre – Donna Lucia
5 Bridge of Spies – Homecoming
6 Saving Mr. Banks – End Title
7 Revolutionary Road – End Credits
9 The Good German – Unrecht Oder Recht
10 The Good German – Jedem Das Seine 
11 Cinderella Man – Cinderella Man
12 Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events – Letter That Never Came
13 Finding Nemo – Finding Nemo / Nemo Egg
14 Road To Perdition – Road To Perdition
15 Road To Perdition – Road to Chicago

1 Six Feet Under – Theme
2 Pay It Forward – I Forgive You
3 The Green Mile – The Green Mile
4 American Beauty – Plastic Bag Theme
5 American Beauty – Dead Already
6 The Horse Whisperer – End Titles
7 Meet Joe Black – Whisper Of A Thrill
8 Meet Joe Black – That Next Place
9 How To Make An American Quilt – An American Quilt
10 Little Women – Under The Umbrella
11 The Shawshank Redemption – Brooks Was Here
12 The Shawshank Redemption – So Was Red
13 The Shawshank Redemption – End Titles
14 Fried Green Tomatoes – Ghost Train (Main Title)

Terence Blanchard: Music For Film

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Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé

World-renowned trumpeter, brass player, composer, band leader and five time Grammy Award winner, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. As a film composer, Blanchard has more than fifty scores to his credit. He gives a voice to those who have none. There can be no better or more appealing description of the artist born in New Orleans on 13th March 1962. Since the 1980s, his unique combination of tradition and innovation has turned him into one of the giants of jazz. Every year since 1982 Film Fest Gent has honoured many of the legends of film composing and this year their spotlight falls on Terence Blanchard. Under the baton of Dirk Brossé, the Brussels Philharmonic perform some of the very best music of Blanchard’s scoring career.

“Writing films scores can be very rewarding and inspiring because of the many creative possibilities presented on any project. Being recognized, in itself, is the prize most of us yearn for, never looking beyond that because we are the background and one part of many that come together to tell a story. So for my work to be singled out in such a huge fashion is truly a magnificent honour. I’m humbled and excited all at once to be a part of this celebration and would like to thank all who made this happen.”.

– Terence Blanchard

1 25th Hour – Opening Title
2 25th Hour – Jake’s Classroom
3 25th Hour – Playground
4 25th Hour – One Last Walk
5 Clockers – Strike Packs Up
6 She Hate Me – Rough ‘N’ Ready
7 She Hate Me – Opening Title
8 Miracle At St. Anna – The Prayer
9 Miracle At St. Anna – End Credits
10 Bamboozled – Main Theme
11 When The Levee Broke – Levees
12 When The Levee Broke – Ashe
13 Chi-Raq – Main Theme
14 Inside Man – Suite
15 Malcolm X – Suite
16 Red Tails – Victory Rolls

Sherlock – Series 4

Music by David Arnold and Michael Price

Seven years from its debut Sherlock is a worldwide phenomenon licensed to over 225 territories and equally popular with cinema showings alongside TV transmissions. In the UK Season 3 was the most watched TV drama series since 2001 attracting 11.8m viewers. 

Great mystery stories, the cream of British acting talent, stunning production values and of course the vital musical score from David Arnold (Independence Day, The World Is Not Enough) and Michael Price (Jekyll & Hyde, Unforgotten). 

The Emmy Award winning composers return with more fresh takes on the characters and situations. Sherlock is a series that doesn’t wallow in its success as David Arnold explains, “I think we both want to move it on every time. If the show stands still then the music does too and it all grinds to a halt…so we are always trying to find something new to do with it”.

“If David Arnold and Michael Price did not exist, it would be necessary for man to invent them. Their contribution to Sherlock is immeasurable. Thrilling, cheeky, sinister, playful and simply world-class…the music’s not bad either.” Mark Gatiss (Sherlock and League Of Gentlemen creator).


01 The Stranger / 02 59 Missed Calls / 03 Murder This Time / 04 AGRA / 05 Absolute Trust / 06 Running Away / 07 Cheating / 08 Sharks / 09 Never a Field Agent / 10 Gunshot / 11 Get Your Attention

12 Stopped Lying Down / 13 Too Heavy / 14 Window Deduction / 15 Anyone / 16 Favourite Room / 17 You Look Different / 18 No Charges / 19 Who I Want to Be / 20 In the Tower


01 She Was Different / 02 Doing a Good Thing / 03 3 Suspects / 04 Pick Up / 05 Brother Mine / 06 Bones / 07 The Hall / 08 I Had No One / 09 Open Your Eyes / 10 Always the Grown Up / 11 Who You Really Are

Planet Earth II

Main Theme by HANS ZIMMER

When BBC’s Planet Earth appeared on television screens worldwide a decade ago it transformed how viewers saw their planet. Capturing a global audience of over half a billion people it gave an unprecedented view of life on Planet Earth.

10 years on this fascinating subject has been revisited with the incredible march of technology allowing the viewer to watch the natural world from even more perspectives. This stunning new ultra-high definition series is narrated as before by Sir David Attenborough.

The soundtrack from Hans Zimmer and his team leads with the composer’s powerful theme to the series which reflects nature in all its awesome power. With over 120 soundtracks to his credit which have grossed 24 billion dollars at the box office Hans Zimmer has been honoured with many accolades, an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award, a Tony Award and The Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement.

His Academy Award nomination for Interstellar marked his 10th Oscar nomination.

The score composition is completed by Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe from The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop, a joint venture between Extreme Music and Hans Zimmer’s RCI Global created to build a world-class Zimmer approved TV-focused roster.


MAIN THEME: 01 Planet Earth II Suite

ISLANDS: 02 The Sloth / 03 Home To Dragons / 04 Albatross Dance / 05 Racer Snakes vs Iguanas / 06 Chinstrap Penguins

07 Singing Indri / 08 Competing Hummingbirds / 09 Life In The Canopy / 10 Jungle Weather / 11 Night Crawlers / 12 World of Bioluminescence / 13 Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise / 14 Something Worth Protecting

15 Life Without Water / 16 Monsoon Deserts/Canyonlands / 17 Lions vs Giraffe / 18 The Butcher Bird / 19 Wild Horses / 20 Desert Nightlife/Golden Mole / 21 Long-Eared Bat vs Scorpion / 22 Early Morning Fog


01 Roof of The World / 02 Peaks of North America / 03 The Ibex / 04 The Himalayas / 05 Flight Over Alps / 06 Ice Skating Flamingos / 07 Dancing Bears / 08 Tenacious Bobcat / 09 Garden of Ice / 10 Snow Leopards / 11 Savage Beauty

12 Nomadic Life / 13 Hunting Buffalo Herds / 14 The Okavango / 15 Carmine Bee Eaters / 16 Industrious Insects / 17 The Great Migration

18 The Unnatural Habitat / 19 Langurs of Jodhpur / 20 Temple Gardens / 21 Market Thieves / 22 Illuminated / 23 City Skylines / 24 Starlings / 25 Toronto Raccoons / 26 We Are The Designers / 27 Epilogue

Nocturnal Animals

Music by Abel Korzeniowski
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Fashion designer turned film-maker Tom Ford delivers his second feature film in the wake of the huge critical success of his stunning debut A Single Man.

Once more his distinctive storytelling and style have had critics delivering high praise for this taut thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon which is set in the state Ford was brought up in, Texas.

The BAFTA and Emmy nominated composer Abel Korzeniowski teams up once more with Ford after their successful partnership on A Single Man.

His passionate, evocative, and truly original music is grounded in the modern European style, that fixes a singular impression on the listener.

“While music that’s voluptuous and forlorn enough to have been composed by Bernard Herrmann floods the soundtrack” – Variety

“Nocturnal Animals is aided by Abel Korzeniowski’s sumptuous, piercing score” – Mashable


RAN – Toru Takemitsu

Original music by TORU TAKEMITSU

Over a 60 year career director Akira Kurosawa’s films have passed into cinematic legend and he retains his status as one of the most influential and preeminent film-makers of the 20th Century.

Films such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Kagemusha and his last great epic, Ran are all regarded as milestones in the history of celluloid. The latter, the most expensive film made in Japan up to its release in 1985 is loosely based on Japanese legend and Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Composer Toru Takemitsu ranks as highly in the echelons
of Japanese music as Kurosawa in film with a prolific output
of soundtracks alongside major music works and books.

Commissioned on Kurosawa’s instructions to deliver a score inspired by Mahler with up to 40 disparate takes of music, the spectral and eerie sounds capture perfectly the imagery on screen.

Originally released as two separate suites of music this version includes those and adds a further 14 tracks of Takemitsu’s score.

01 Ran – Suite Part 1
02 Ran – Suite Part 2
03 Opening Credits – Main Title
04 Kyouami / The First Castle / The Brave General’s Bow
05 The Flute Orchestra
06 The Buddhist Praying Temple / The Last 110,000 and Hidetora / The Fury of Ootemon / The Second Castle
07 Hell’s Picture Scroll
08 The Crimson Citadel / Surrendering the Castle – Desert of Madness
09 Tsurumaru’s Flute / Azusa Castle in Ruins
10 Saburou’s Army Arrives / Departing for the Front
11 Endless Hell / Escape
12 Tension in Yahatabara / Assault
13 The Battle of Yawatano
14 Lamentation / Chaos in the First Castle – Ujigabana / Illusions in the Sky
15 Attendance at the Funeral / Flute of Darkness
16 Ending Credits

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Music For Film

Brussels Philharmonic Conducted by Dirk Brossé | Presented By Film Fest Gent

From small beginnings in 1974 as a local cinema and university event, Film Fest Gent has grown yearly in stature and is now recognised as one of the major destinations for the film industry. A vital component is the celebration of film music in the shape of the World Soundtrack Awards which honours the very best composers at work in the world of cinema. In 2016 the award goes to one of the most brilliant composers of his generation, Ryuichi Sakamoto. This is the first overview of his remarkable catalogue of film scores, fully approved by the composer and performed by the masterful Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Dirk Brossé. Sakamoto was already a celebrated pioneer in electronic music and composer/pianist/singer in Japan when director Nagisa Oshima asked him to write the score for Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence in 1983 and also to star alongside David Bowie. In a 30 year plus career since then he has worked with the cream of film directors including Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor), Brian De Palma (Snake Eyes), Pedro Almodovar (High Heels) and most recently Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant). This compilation is a fitting tribute to his status as one of the greatest living musicians and film composers.

01 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Main Theme
02 The Last Emperor – Endroll
03 The Last Emperor – Rain
04 The Sheltering Sky – Main Theme
05 High Heels – Main Theme
06 Wild Palms – Main Theme
07 Little Buddha – Acceptance
08 Snake Eyes – Main Theme (long version)
09 Femme Fatale – Bolerisch
10 Babel – Bibo No Aozora
11 Hara-Kiri (Ichimei) – Small Hope
12 Yae No Sakura – Opening Theme
13 The Revenant – Main Theme

Claire Jones – Screen Serenade

Screen Serenade is a glorious celebration of well-loved film and TV themes especially arranged for solo harp by Claire’s husband, percussionist and composer Chris Marshall. Claire’s radiant performances range from commanding torrents of sound to a new, fragile and contemplative quality that Claire brings to music usually associated with the strings, piano and even the full orchestra. Sublimely delicate, yet at times poignant and implacable, Screen Serenade is a delightful album featuring themes such as Jurassic Park, Ice Dance (Edward Scissorhands), Downton Abbey, Cavatina (Deer Hunter), Pirates of the Caribbean, Romeo and Juliet, and E.T.

One of Wales’ most outstanding classical talents, Claire became a household name in 2011 following her esteemed performance at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and she also held the position of Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales 2007-11.

“I have been in love with film music since I was a child, and have always wanted to create an album which includes my favourite soundtracks of all time. The sound of the harp brings an element of magic and sparkle to these well-known themes, and my dream as always is to bring the harp to a wider audience across the world” – Claire Jones

1. Jurassic Park
2. The Notebook
3. Ice Dance (from “Edward Scissorhands”)
4. Speak Softly, Love (from “The Godfather”)
5. Cavatina (from “The Deer Hunter”)
6. May It Be (from “The Lord Of The Rings”)
7. You’re So Cool (from “True Romance”)
8. Pirates Of The Caribbean
9. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
10. Romeo And Juliet
11. Game Of Thrones
12. Downton Abbey

Lisa Friend – Cinema Affair

Flautist Lisa Friend’s album of evocative and romantic themes from the greatest cinema classics

01. The John Dunbar Theme (From “Dances With Wolves”)
02. Once Upon A Time In America Main Theme (From “Once Upon A Time In America”)
03. Cinema Paradiso Love Theme (From “Cinema Paradiso”)
04. Whisper Of A Thrill (From “Meet Joe Black”)
05. La Califfa
06. Pride And Prejudice
07. The Red Tent
08. Where Dreams Are Born (From “A.i. Artificial Intelligence”)
09. The Ludlows (From “Legends Of The Fall”)
10. Cinema Paradiso Main Theme (From “Cinema Paradiso”)
11. The Cider House Rules End Titles (From “The Cider House Rules”)
12. Love Affair End Credits (From “Love Affair”)

Music From The Hunger Games Saga

Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic OrchestraFollowing in the footsteps of Harry Potter, The Hunger Game novels have become a worldwide publishing sensation followed by a series of four films which have grossed close to $3 billion.

Composer James Newton Howard took on scoring the original Hunger Games film when a scheduling conflict took Danny Elfman off the project, thus beginning a sequence of magnificent film music.

In a 30 year career his range of composition has been formidable. Scores include The Prince Of Tides, The Fugitive, Batman Begins, King Kong, I Am Legend, The Dark Knight and the worldwide TV hit ER.

His work has received eight Oscar nominations and he has been named BMI Icon at this year’s BMI Film & TV Awards.

The fifteen tracks assembled here from the film series, in this unique set, highlight his epic composing skills. Performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most respected and recorded orchestras in the world, this collection represents some of the most skillful and exquisite symphonic music in cinema today.

01. The Hunger Games
02. Horn of Plenty
03. Rue’s Farewell
04. Tenuous Winners / Returning Home

05. The Tour
06. Katniss Is Chosen
07. I Need You
08. Arena Crumbles

09. The Mockingjay
10. The Hanging Tree
11. Air Raid Drill
12. Victory

13. Your Favorite Color Is Green
14. Primrose
15. There Are Worse Games to Play / Deep in the Meadow / The Hunger Games Suite