CD Review: THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack

THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack | ©2016 Music Box Records

Few film genres allow composers to write tone poems in the guise of scores like nature documentaries, their music getting to chronicle the grace, joy and life or death struggles of the planet in all of its infinite musical equivocations of the life force. Gabriel Yared set out to sea to in 1993 to sumptuously chronicle the glorious ballet between ocean and air. Hearing this glorious wash of melodic impressionism, you’re reminded that this Oscar-winning Lebanese composer just might be film scoring’s answer to France’s Claude Debussy, his DELUGE a cross between the flowing, romantic strings of “La Mer” as crossed […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE KING’S WHORE (500 edition) soundtrack

THE KING'S WHORE soundtrack | ©2013 Music Box Records

One of France’s great melodists, Gabriel Yared’s impossibly lush, romantic scores like Oscar-nominated THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY and Oscar winning ENGLISH PATIENT have recalled such melodic masters as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. So one can imagine the spot-on results when Yared truly climbs into those costumed shoes when the assignment asks for that style, which is the theme of this splendid three-for release from the French label Music Box Records. First up, it’s hard to imagine a more blunt title than THE KING’S WHORE  a very good bodice ripper from 1990, with Timothy Dalton employing all of his dashing, royal […]Read On »

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