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Yavar Moradi

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  1. Not a bad description as it has elements in common with both and fell between them time wise. I don’t think it’s quite on the level of either and I wouldn’t call it “awesome” overall... but it is really, really good still. Yavar
  2. Sure would be nice if they could combine Lionheart shipping-wise with the new batch! Yavar
  3. Maybe I got mixed up with another Goldsmith score...Extreme Prejudice? I know there were at least three original trailer scores he wrote. I think I probably said "Basic Instinct" because of this page at Jerry Goldsmith Online: http://www.jerrygoldsmithonline.com/works_trailers.htm Yavar
  4. This is also true for me but that doesn't mean a Goldsmith score still wouldn't have been better. Weeeelll... technically a drop of original Goldsmith music was heard in at least one of the film's trailers. No idea whether that was an original trailer score like he did for Judge Dredd, Rambo: First Blood Part II, or Basic Instinct, or whether it was just music pulled from the film score proper. Yavar
  5. I've never heard of one. Are you confusing it with Judge Dredd, another 90s action score written by Alan Silvestri? That was originally supposed to be Goldsmith's assignment, and he did write original score for the film's trailer, but had a conflict by the time it came around to score the film itself. I'm pretty sure this is the last recorded unused Goldsmith score that was awaiting release. He also wrote scores (not quite complete) for Babe, the Gallant Pig (as it was called when he scored it) and Disney's The Kid, which exist in written form at the Academy's Margaret Herrick Libr
  6. There was still a need to pick it up because the second disc is his discussion of Beethoven's metronome markings and his approach as conductor, putting it in context of other performances. Yavar
  7. If either of you ever picks up that Zander Beethoven 5 & 7, I'm extremely curious what you think of it. Yavar
  8. Goldsmith is the only film composer on my top 5 (but he is definitely my favorite composer of all time, at this point). I'll be honest... I love John Williams but he probably wouldn't make my top 20! (If we are talking film composers specifically, he would probably just make the top 10.) In no particular order: Sibelius, Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Raff, and Goldsmith. Just missing the cut are Dvorak and Barber, among others. Indeed! He had previously answered my similar question at Jerry Goldsmith Online, but he went into much fuller depth here (though not as much as y
  9. Along with The Secret of NIMH (which sounds more like Poltergeist at times than Poltergeist II does, hehe): http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.9739/.f Yavar
  10. Maybe it was that he was the first to strictly use Beethoven's metronome markings? I've certainly never heard any other recording do it like he does, and I've heard an insane number of recordings of the work. Yavar
  11. Sibelius is one of my five favorite composers of all time and Vanska is great at conducting his music. I'll check that out! I don't know if other conductors have copied him since, but at the time this recording was very unique: https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Symphonies-No-Benjamin-Zander/dp/B00001QGKJ I really recommend it because there's also a second disc where he talks about his conducting choices for both symphonies in depth and it's fascinating. Here's a piece Zander wrote a couple years ago about his approach to the 5th: https://b
  12. I was just thinking of that! I think it may be more a case of them both being inspired by similar classical pieces. Yavar
  13. There were a variety of reasons I left near the end of 2009, but in short: I wasn't full time with benefits, and my wife had been unemployed for over a year due to the Great Recession of 2008. We moved to Houston to be nearer family and my wife found a job within a couple months! The move also led to me getting a job as manager of the last independent classical music shop left in North America (at least according to one of our main wholesale accounts, Naxos)... so it turned out pretty well all things considered! Thanks. I like his famous album pairing of the 5th and 7th s
  14. Yeah. I wish more Hollywood blockbuster scores these days sounded like those two masterpieces. Yavar
  15. Eh...I still think Varese did pretty well during the Townson era...after all in his last year there we got awesome Deluxe Editions of Dracula and The Cowboys by Williams, Small Soldiers by Goldsmith, and On Deadly Ground and Under Siege 2 by Poledouris, among others. All very treasured albums by me. I mean, would I have loved if they did this Two Club Titles Every 4-6 Weeks thing? For sure. But they were hardly The Dark Years or something. (Except occasionally when it came to brickwall mastering... poor Gremlins 2, Runaway, and Peggy Sue Got Married...) I can hear what y
  16. Well, Rachel's Theme (heard in string quartet in Rachel's Party) is IMO one of Powell's most beautiful works ever, and there is a TON more variation on it in the complete score. Truth! Varese has been really knocking it out of the park with Club titles this year! Yavar
  17. Thing is, I used to love that final movement in my early years of classical music obsession. I loved that theme so much I just went with it even though the movement lasts forever. (This coming from someone who enjoys Mahler, ha!) Maybe I got burnt out on it over time just like I did with the whole of the fifth symphony, but it just didn't hold up to repeat listens the way the first three movements did, for me. Not that bad, no (one of my most hated pieces of classical music ever... I'd rather listen to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, lol!) But it does wear out its welcome fo
  18. I worked in the L.A. Phil Store, as kinda the music expert. I was there for 3.5 years. I actually met my wife that way, because she had long been a Hollywood Bowl employee. What I adore about Rowicki is he really makes the case for the early symphonies, especially No. 1 "The Bells of Zlonice" which is usually dismissed/overlooked. Lots of people act like that one handles its material clumsily, but the way he conducts it, it's perfect IMO: Thrilling. I don't mind a single repeat. I freakin' love it. Yavar
  19. Whoops, you're right of course. I was thrown off by you earlier saying you would have been happier if Jerry conducted "the second or third". I used to overlook the fourth, too. It really was only this electrifying live performance that won me over. The fifth should probably be my favorite on raw merit but like I said it's gotten far too much exposure and I'm burnt out on it. I love the first three movements of 9. The fourth movement goes on forever and beats that (somewhat square, though people love it) theme into the ground. I far prefer the freshness of the Choral Fanta
  20. That's what I was thinking, and that's what I told my anxious co-hosts who (especially Clark) are eager to continue on with our actual Odyssey. But at the moment it doesn't look like there's an end in sight, for Goldsmith releases. LLL obviously has multiple more Fox volumes lined up, Varese has a lot more they control in perpetuity and will probably expand, and I'm also sure Intrada has more up their sleeves too. Oooh, you just named two of my favorite classical conductors of all time! Kubelik is one that proved to me that slower tempos didn't have to be less exciting. I
  21. It's fun! But the first two movements have unexpected depth which the latter two do not, IMO. The general conception of a dance symphony in general is great, though. My favorite Beethoven symphony for many years was No. 5 -- it's just perfectly cohesive and brilliant and flawless, IMO. But I burnt myself out on it (or rather, the world burnt me out on it, with constant radio airings and performances at places I worked like the L.A. Philharmonic and Houston Symphony...it's everywhere). So now my favorite Beethoven Symphony is No. 4... because it's also cohesive, excellent and underr
  22. It's far from my favorite Beethoven symphony... but it is a strong contender for my favorite *movement* of any Beethoven symphony. (IMO the last two movements are fine enough but superficial, lacking the depth of the first two movements.) So yeah, I share your excitement to hear it conducted by my favorite composer of all time. Could be terrible for all I know, lol... Jerry apparently didn't consider himself a strong conductor until the mid 90s, and I've no idea how he would do with classical repertoire, especially measuring up to all the conducting masters who have tackled Beetho
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