James Horner Archive

Streams and Podcasts for 4 August 2017

This week, The Music Treasury’s featured guest is Mark Ainley.  Together with Dr Gary Lemco, they will be exploring the work of the stellar pianist from the 1900s, Jascha Spivakovsky.  Spivakovsky was born just before the turn of the century, and built a extraordinary reputation at a very early age.  The release in 2015 of recordings by Spivakovsky has brought this historic figure into contemporary light.  The show will feature music of Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and others. The show can be heard on Sunday, 6 August 2017, between 19:00 and 21:00, PDT.  Dr. Lemco is the show’s host, it is presented as a radio show with streaming broadcast:  kzsulive.stanford.edu On both Saturday and Sunday, Edmund Stone will feature his observations on some parts of the vast repertoire of film scores.  It too is broadcast as a streamed radio show, from its host station in Portland:  AllClassical.org.  The show can be heard between 14:00 and 15:00 PDT. This Saturday, Edmund Stone will showcase composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar, Braveheart, A Beautiful mind…), unfortunately recently deceased;   on Sunday, the focus will be on apocalyptic Hollywood, with a show entitled “End of the World As We Know It”, with music […]

“Collage” – The Last Work of JAMES HORNER – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ David Arnold & Royal Philharmonic/James Martin – Mercury Classics

“Collage” – The Last Work of JAMES HORNER – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ David Arnold & Royal Philharmonic/James Martin – Mercury Classics

“Collage” – The Last Work of JAMES HORNER [TrackList Follows] – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/ David Arnold & Royal Philharmonic/James Martin – Mercury Classics 481, 64:00 (9/23/16), 64:00 ****: A lovely tribute to the music of the late film composer James Horner. If you see any films you’ve doubtless heard the music of James Horner. He wrote the music for Titanic and Avatar, two of the top- grossing films in history. He had written  for another 130 or so films, before he tragically died in a small plane accident last year. Some of his other notable works include Star Trek II, 48 Hours, Cocoon, Glory, Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Apollo 13. He had an academic life before entering the world of film scoring, teaching at UCLA. I didn’t consider him a first-tier composer, the equal of say Miklos Rozsa or Alex North, but he had an excellent sense of matching the music to picture, and the films he scored were helped immensely by his good musical taste. This disc contains some symphonic arrangements from some of his films, including First in Flight and Aliens. It concludes with Horner’s last work, a concert piece called Collage, written in 6 movements. It’s […]