Film Music 2009

Composed by: Various Artists

Performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The year 2009 was an exciting one for the film industry with such unexpected hits as Slumdog Millionaire, long-awaited films like Twilight: New Moon and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and amazingly new and innovative films like Avatar.  Fans of musical score know that the year 2009 offered up some of the most dramatic film compositions of the century.  Silva Screen Records recognizes this musical greatness with a new album entitled Film Music 2009.

            The third installment in a new series of albums by Silva Screen Records, Film Music 2009 features some of the best musical scores of the year, created by some of the most celebrated composers of the decade and performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic.  Eleven tracks in length, the album features music from Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Drag Me to Hell and more.  Composers featured include James Horner, Christopher Young, James Newton Howard, Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman and more.

            Film Music 2009 begins in dramatic fashion with War from Avatar.  Anyone who has seen this film will recognize this composition as the accompanying music to one of the most dramatic scenes in the film.  Closing oneís eyes while listening to this track will conjure up a recreation of this scene masterfully composed by James Horner.  The drama of the scene is enhanced by the percussion, strings and brass accompanied by a full choir.  Fast-paced and emotional, War is the perfect opener for this album.

            Each successive track is equal to the task.  Happily, the creators of this soundtrack compilation didnít simply select music from action sequences.  Although there is no denying the drama of an action sequence, drama has its roots in many genre, including romance and horror.  Thus, it is no surprise to find such romantic tracks as Latikaís Theme from Slumdog Millionaire or The Meadow from Twilight: New Moon.

            Film Music 2009 represents a great collection of motion picture musical composition and would be a happy addition to any fan of film scores.  I found the compilation to be extremely well done.  It is always interesting when the music of such vastly different composers seems to fit together so perfectly in a compilation album.  The music works perfectly together, each piece playing well off the other and creating an incredibly enjoyable experience that one will want to take part in again and again.  I canít wait to see what Silva Screen has in store for its next Film Music installment.


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