Soundtrack Awards & Reviews

February 14, 2011 | By

This past weekend yielded two awards shows, with the BAFTA’s Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music going to The King’s Speech (Alexandre Desplat), beating out 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman), Alice in Wonderland (Danny Elfman), How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell), and Inception [M] (Hans Zimmer).

In the Grammy Awards, the golden trophy for Best Score Soundtrack Album went to Toy Story 3 (Randy Newman), beating out Alice in Wonderland (Danny Elfman), Avatar (James Horner), Inception (Hans Zimmer), and Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer). The music related categories are available HERE, as well as the full tally of winners.

Just uploaded is a quartet of soundtrack reviews:

Cliff Martinez’ Solaris [M] (La-La Land Records) is a work of art, and I’m not the only one who’s spun the album repeatedly because of its hypnotic and often soothing quality. It’s riveting & mournful, and the composer’s finest work, after Traffic. He’s reportedly reteamed again with director Steven Soderbergh for the upcoming virus thriller Contagion.

Murray Gold’s epic Doctor Who music continues to get the deluxe 2-CD treatment, and fans of Series 5 [M] will enjoy the rich variety of material in Silva Screen’s new set.

Also from La-La Land comes an expanded release of Christopher Young’s Haunted Summer [M] for forgotten director Ivan Passer, and John Morris’ shockingly good music for Gene Wilder’s unfunny Haunted Honeymoon [M].



Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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