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January 14, 2001

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That's Fantastic!

Music from three new fantasy/sf films: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Chocolat and Farscape (OK, it's actually a Science Fiction Channel series instead of a movie; sue us!).
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Minor Swing Chocolat (OS 2000) Johnny Depp (guitar), orchestra cond. by David Snell By Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli
Vianne Sets Up Shop Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell Chocolat is the somewhat fanciful story of Vianne (Juliette Binoche) who, accompanied by her young daughter, arrives in a rather repressed French town and sets the citizens free by seting up a chocolate shop and feeding them confections custom-made to free their spirits.
Three Woman Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell In general, the score has an agreeable neo-classical sound with a hint of folk elements.
Vianne Confronts the Comte Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell Rachel M. Portman was born on December 11 1960 in Haslemere, England. She won on Oscar for her score for Emma in 1996 and was nominated for her score for The Cider House Rules in 1996 (which, like Chocolat, was directed by Lasse Hallstrom). You can hear more of the Chocolat score on-line at the film web site.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Yo Yo Ma (cello), orchestra cond. by Tan Dun The score is composed by Tan Dun and is an interesting mix of Chinese instruments and ideas and Western symphonic influences.
NIght Fight Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by Tan Dun This accompanies a spectacular martial arts sequence in which the combatants run up walls and leap over rooftops.
The Encounter Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by Tan Dun A graduate of Beijing's Central Conservatory and Columbia University in New York, Tan Dun’s compositions include the opera Marco Polo, numerous symphonic and chamber works and the score for the 1998 film Fallen.
A Love Before Time (Mandarin version) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) CoCo Lee (vocal), Yo Yo Ma (cello), orchestra cond. by Tan Dun The end title song. You can hear more of the score at the soundtrack album web site.
Farscape Theme Farscape (OS 2000) SubVision (with Avigail Herman, vocals) The personnel of SubVision are Chris Neal, Braedy Neal and Toby Neal. They work out of a three-studio complex in Sydney, Australia and specialize in film and TV scores, songwriting and pop/dance music production for Europe, USA and Southeast Asia.
Tannot Grooves (from “Thank God It’s Friday, Again”) Farscape (OS 2000) SubVision Farscape is an original series created for the Sci Fi Channel by Star Trek alum Rockne S. O’Bannon, and strikes me as a cross between Voyager and Deep Space 9 with some Jim Henson Creature Shop critters thrown in.
Vorc Arrives (from “Beware of Dog”) Farscape (OS 2000) Guy Gross Gross writes: “Classically trained, I’m best known for my orchestral approach to film scoring albeit often created with samplers. My writing approach is very much dialogue driven.” You can hear more tracks from the CD at the GNP Crescendo site.
The Sound of Music Gorilla The Bonzo Dog Band The Sing-Along Sound of Music plays the Fox Theatre in St. Louis January 16th through 20th.
Smith and Wesson Robocop - Prime Directive (OS 2000) Norman Orenstein, William Sperandei (solo trumpet) Robocop - Prime Directives is a series of four made-for-Canadian TV films (there are no confirmed US broadcast dates at this time) based on the character from he 1987 Paul Verhoeven film and its two inferior sequels. The music is composed and produced by Norman Orenstein, a Toronto-based one-man music production company. You can hear more tracks from the CD at the GNP Crescendo site.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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