Film Music 2011
Composed by: Various Artists
Performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and London Works
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
For the past few years, Silva Screen Records has been releasing a “Year Book” concept album series, featuring musical scores from some of the biggest movies of the year. This year is no exception and Film Music 2011 promises to deliver some extraordinary music, especially when one considers not only the caliber of blockbuster movies released in 2011, but the caliber of the composers creating the musical scores for these films. I couldn’t wait to take a listen.
This edition of Film Music features musical scores from such notable films as Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and more. The music comes from such impressive composers as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle, Steve Jablonsky and Carter Burwell. The music is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and London Music Works.
I have a confession to make – I have certain tactics I sometimes use when listening to music compilations like this one. I have been known to write extremely dramatic, action-filled fan fiction. Sometimes, I like to listen to compilation soundtracks of this caliber while reading one of my most angst-filled, action-packed fics and seeing how the music matches up to scenes the scores were never written for. When I listened to Film Music 2011 as accompaniment to one of my favorite fanfics, I was amazed. This compilation of musical scores served as perfect background music for each scene.
The dramatic feel of songs like Thor Kills the Destroyer, Lily’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Reunion from War Horse, Love Death Birth from Twilight: Perfect Dawn: Part 1, Captain America March, It’s Our Fight from Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon and Magneto from X:Men: First Class at times spurred the adrenaline and always reached into the depths of emotion, touching the listener deeply. I also enjoyed the placement of each song. Whoever compiled this album knew exactly where to place each song so the listener wasn’t over-ridden with too many action pieces or too much romance.
Of course, I then listened to Film Music 2011 without any distractions and found that I felt the same way about the album. In my opinion, the only track that seemed to detract from the rest of the album was the selection from The Adventures of Tintin. I truly enjoyed The Adventures of Tintin Soundtrack and believe that there were so many better tracks from that album that could have chosen from that incredible John Williams musical score. The one found on Film Music 2011 is too cartoony and just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the album.
As usual, Silva Screen Music delivers with Film Music 2011, a compilation of some of the best musical composition from some of the biggest films of the year. This is definitely a compilation album worth taking a listen to.