Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s my list, updated for soundtracks I became aware of in 2015. The big winner from the past year’s soundtracks is Tommorowland. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2015 Tomorrowland Inside Out Ant-Man Jurassic World Avengers: Age of Ultron Mad Max: Fury Road Pitch Perfect 2 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2014 How to […]

KW Symphony’s “James Bond: The Music”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “James Bond: The Music.” It was glorious — this is music I absolutely love, and the K-W Symphony never lets you down. The orchestra’s brass and percussion section were beefed up from what they are for playing things like Beethoven. The conductor was John Morris Russell, who […]

Best TV music composers

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This isn’t about TV main themes — that’s a post for another day. This is about music throughout TV episodes. Most TV shows have incidental music that’s not very distinctive — below are the ones that are. Best of the best 1) Michael Giacchino — Lost Now scoring movies such as Star Trek, Up, and […]

Lack of female soundtrack composers

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

With all the listening to soundtracks I do, I can only name one female soundtrack composer: Rachel Portman. She composed the music for Benny & Joon, Chocolat, The Lake House, Never Let Me Go, and One Day — among other things. I don’t have a whole lot to say on this topic, except the obvious: […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s my best soundtrack list, updated with soundtracks I heard in 2014. Of the soundtracks I heard first in the past year, my favourite is Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman. On the other end, I found The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by Howard Shore quite disappointing. How to Train Your Dragon 2 by […]

KW Symphony’s “Superheroes!”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “Superheroes!” I didn’t know what the exact lineup would be but I expected it to contain many familiar pieces. The selection of pieces was a bit more eclectic than I expected, but it included some less familiar pieces that I’m glad I got a chance to hear. […]

KW Symphony’s “Pixar in Concert”

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I went to hear the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “Pixar in Concert.” The orchestra performed music from all 13 of Pixar’s movies. In addition to making incredible movies, Pixar has uniformly great music. Scenes from the movies were shown above the orchestra. The orchestra was conducted by Evan Mitchell. I liked how he was able […]

KW Symphony’s “John Williams & Spielberg”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s performance of “John Williams and Spielberg.” What this means, of course, is that they played the music of John Williams that he composed for movies that Steven Spielberg directed. As I’ve noted recently, Williams is one of my favourite movie composers. Not all of his great scores are for Spielberg […]

Best soundtracks by year

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are what I think are the best soundtracks of the year, along with runner ups and honourable mentions. I’ve got a tie for winner twice, in 2009 and 1989. I stopped at 1977 because I don’t have anything for 1976. Prior to that notable soundtracks include The Pink Panther, The Godfather, The Good, the […]

Best soundtracks spanning multiple films

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I’m talking about more than two soundtracks for a film series by the same composer(s). Here are the 12 I think are the best. Best of the best James Bond — John Barry Barry wrote the music for 11 of the first 15 James Bond movies: From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live […]