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  1. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    They are all lovely and yes Aaltio's work on this and the sequel Tale of a Lake is quite accomplished and comes highly recommended. He even knows that the woodwinds are part of an orchestra.
  2. The "I miss Disco Stu" thread

    But I thought you were the Chosen One! One to bring Balance to the Strox!
  3. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Agatha Christie's Poirot by Christopher Gunning Tale of a Forest by Panu Aaltio Abz├╗ by Austin Wintory
  4. What's The Last Book You Read?

    Hugh Fraser as Hastings and Philip Jackson as Japp are simply quintessential in their roles and bring great dynamic foil to Poirot's persona in the show. The adaptations often expand their roles and add little plot threads not in the original stories to add length to the short story episodes and some character depth to them, which I think is superbly done by the writers. The British TV series seem to have wildly varying number of episodes/season. With the feature length novel adaptations it was indeed only 2/season but when the production company changed in mid-2000's it could be 4/season. I think his run from 1989 unti 2013 must be some kind of record of one person playing the same character in this type of show. Yes. I dream of a huge Christopher Gunning/Stephen McKeon/Christian Henson box set with all the music. I have read Christie novels both in Finnish and in English and I don't think the language is too difficult in the original English. I have read all the Ms Marple novels (there are only 12 after all) but have only read And Then There Were None and a handful of short stories not featuring Christie's famous sleuths. I should really look up those Tommy and Tuppence stories as they seem fun (well more fun than the awfully drab and slow TV series Partners in Crime that was produced in 2015 with David Walliams and Jessica Raine in the lead).
  5. I got my copy last week and have had time to listen to this several times and it is indeed such a lovely experience, film score, OST and all topped by the succint and well-written liner notes and beautiful art direction. LLL and Matessino are really setting the bar for the Williams complete score releases with their work and this continues that high standard.
  6. Which would you be more happy about? SW vs. IJ

    I'd go with the Indiana Jones scores. Those scores complete and chronological is one of my holy grails still. I am near heretical in thinking that the previous OT Star Wars releases are still quite OK. But I would not refuse new versions of these either.
  7. What's The Last Book You Read?

    Yes Hastings is really the Watson to Poirot and he is involved in lot of the short stories rather than the novels (in the narrator capacity) though he makes appearances from time to time in both. But he and Japp have been written into many of the television series episodes when they do not actually appear in those stories, perhaps to create continuity in the cast and not having new police inspector in each and every one of the stories as it seems to be in the novels. Oh I have seen the whole series from start to finish many times and after David Suchet there can't be another Poirot in my book. He is Poirot as far as I am concerned. I suspect the reason for not doing the Poirot stories in chronological order was simply one of practicality and television format. I think it was easier to first test the viability of the show by producing the standard 50 minute episodes adapted from the short stories before taking the leap to full 1,5 hour feature length for the actual novels. The first longer episode was in season 2, Peril at the End House after which came the Mysterious Affair at Styles (end of season 2 or beginning of season 3). So I guess it was much more up to the producers and adapting writers, when and how these novel adaptations would be presented. Suchet tells in the book Poirot and Me how the renewal of the show for each season was always unsure and he had to wait until the last minute to get the confirmation that there would indeed another season of the show. This put him as an actor in a tight spot because he could not commit to other productions for the longest time between seasons for that reason. And since British actors aren't all exactly millionaires, Suchet's livelyhood was often on the line with such delays and not being able to commit to e.g. theater roles. And alas only a fraction of the music from the show has been released and sadly nothing from Murder on the Links has been on the CD releases (the episode also features a gorgeous French-styled love theme for Hastings and Bella). So much great music is still unreleased from the show. I just finished Hickory Dickory Dock which was actually very entertaining. Only thing hampering the enjoyment was the Finnish translation which was surprisingly clumsy in this case. The messiest Christie Poirot novel is perhaps The Big Four which transports Poirot into the world of international espionage and spies in a way that seems a bit foreign to the character. It was cobbled together from several short stories in a period of Christie's life when she was depressed (if I remember correctly) and seems very episodic and uncharacteristic both to her and her main character.
  8. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Stepmom by John Williams: Perfect accompaniment to a warm autumn day.
  9. The bloat is perhaps my biggest criticism for RotK which sadly continued in the Hobbit films. But the film is undeniably potent closure to the whole three film arc. FotR still takes the first place both film and score for me. There is something pitch perfect about the whole film experience for me.
  10. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (LLL release) by Edward Shearmur: This is really terrific and keeps getting better with each listen. Subtle it ain't but that certainly wasn't the aim here and the score breezes past with heroic anthems, swooning love themes and darkly delicious villain material. And there is such clear craft and skill at work which makes me a bit sad that the talented Mr. Shearmur hasn't been hired more frequently for major films as he certainly has the chops and versatility. Papillon (Quartet Records release) by Jerry Goldsmith: A masterpiece of lyricism and sharp psychological writing running gamut of emotional spectrum and now done full justice by the new release by Quartet Records which is the definitive version of this score for me.
  11. What's The Last Book You Read?

    Quite spot on BB. Christie's first novel is quite an accomplished affair which really sets stage for the career to come. It is traditional but more than anything sets up Hercule Poirot as the great detective in the most effective way (a character Christie hated at the end of her career as he became so wildly popular). And with Christie there are almost always some elements of the final reveal or denouement that her readers aren't privy to, which makes guessing for the perpetrator of the murders somewhat more difficult when she doesn't lay all the clue before them. But then again she is masterful at drawing up character portraits with almost minimal strokes and yet achieving vivid characterizations that keep you intrigued until the very end. And keep in mind that as with most authors Christie's work varies quite a bit in quality and you can get the sense of deja vu as she recycles some plot-points but her extensive work includes some really ingenious examples of the murder mystery genre rightfully considered classics and you cannot but marvel at her seemingly endless and prolific creativity in crime writing (few true missteps aside).
  12. Thank you. Originally I began writing this analysis as a way of getting to know this particular score deeper. I wouldn't say that I didn't know it but I was intrigued to find out the minute details of Williams' compositions and how the architecture of the score related to the narrative of the film. Which was actually even more intricate than I had given it credit for.
  13. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    War Horse by John Williams: Such a lovely lovely score. Williams wrote an unusually tight knit collection of themes for this score, most of them somehow connected to the main protagonist Joey in some way (reminds me of the following Lincoln in this approach). It is British and Celtic music vernacular channeled through an American composer and Williams really relishes the chance to score the British countryside in all its bucolic splendour but doesn't stop there and takes the listener on a very beautifully built musical story on the album from the sunny, lyrical and playful opening chapter to the steely and mournful sounds of the First World War in the middle portion and then back again to sweet and warm musical colours of England and home during the last third of the disc, ending in the (yes I have said it many times and will continue to do so) gorgeous Homecoming, which has the character of a full-fledged multi-themed concert suite in the spirit of Delius and Vaughan Williams rather than a mere film cue. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Howard Shore: I have fondness for this first score of the Hobbit trilogy. It has such colour to it and it balances the old and new very well in my opinion, slowly building from the familiar Shire material into a more adventurous score full of new things. Shore quotes the old material very aptly on the album but clearly relies more on the new themes to carry the musical narrative. Oh and My Dear Frodo is one brilliant overture to transport you back into Middle-earth and introduce some of the main thematic material of the score/trilogy.
  14. "Middle-earth" - Tolkien Biopic Film in the works

    You can really see the resemblance. Colm Meaney Father Francis Morgan