Epic Themes II
Musical Score By: Various Artists
Performed By: London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In 2015, Silva Screen Records released an album dedicated to the epic theme. Aptly titled Epic Themes, the album contained a compilation of tracks from films, video games, trailers and more that matched their definition of epic theme: “pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.” For this album, they enlisted the musical prowess of London Music Works to perform their chosen themes. I loved this album when I reviewed it quite some time ago.
In January 2018, Silva Screen Records released a follow-up album entitled Epic Themes II. This new album features sixteen tracks collecting epic themes from film, games composed by artists like Junkie XL, Daft Punk, Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky, and three specially commissioned works from composers Evan Jolly and Rick Clark. Though London Music Works takes the lead in performing these tracks, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra also gets into the action in the tracks My Name is Lincoln (The Island) and Light of the Seven (Game of Thrones).
Once again, I am wowed by the selection found on the Epic Themes albums. There isn’t one track on Epic Themes II that I didn’t enjoy. The music is generally upbeat and fast-paced, depicting action or determination, with horns, orchestral sounds and percussion associated with heroic themes. These themes include some notable tracks that I have heard before like Is She with You (Batman v Superman), Hero's Theme (Justice League), Outlands (Tron Legacy) and more. Tracks like Gravity (Gravity) and Light of the Seven or quieter and more dramatic in nature. Light of the Seven particularly touched me with its piano solo and eventual string accompaniment – what a beautiful and incredibly moving ten-minute track.
Once again, Silva Screen Records has come up with a compilation album well-worth the price tag – under ten dollars for over an hour of exciting music by up and coming artists as well as established composers. Epic Themes II is a great addition to any fan of musical scores and a great follow up album to the original Epic Themes. One can only imagine what might be in store for us should they produce a third Epic Themes album.