The Top Soundtracks
Earlier this year, the soundtrack composer James Horner was killed in a plane crash, and we lost one of Hollywood’s finest composers working. I always play soundtrack music as I write, and his scores often feature in my daily playlist.
The top soundtracks get voted on by the public every year. This year the top five strike me as very odd.
Lord of the Rings – Howard Shore
Schindler’s List – John Williams
Gladiator – Hans Zimmer
Star Wars – John Williams
Out Of Africa – John Barry
If you were going to pick the best of John Williams, surely Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T. or Empire of the Sun would feature rather than his muted score for a film about Nazis? And as for John Barry, Out of Africa over The Lion In Winter, Walkabout or Body Heat? Or Bond? And no nod to Horner for Titanic or this, from Brainstorm?
As for Hans Zimmer (who does tend to stretch himself too thinly) I can’t recall the score for Gladiator but I do regularly listen to Inception, Interstellar and his wonderful score for I’ll Do Anything.
If I was compiling my own top list it would include Alexandre Desplat’s music for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Paul Ferris’s remarkable score for Witchfinder General, Paul Giovanni’s much-imitated music for The Wicker Man, Krzysztof Komeda’s equally copied score for Rosemary’s Baby, Michael Nyman’s soundtrack for The Draughtsman’s Contract and Mark Isham’s soundtrack for Crash. More recently I’d pick Roque Banos’s excellent score for The 13 Rosas, Joan Valent’s soundtrack for Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi, Johnny Jewel’s score for Lost River and Fernando Velasquez’s score for Crimson Peak.
Here’s the title track from Lost River.