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 Posted:   Mar 17, 2011 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   scoringsessions   (Member)

Hey all!

Wanted to draw your attention to a very special project.

http://www.haitisymphony.com/

"Symphony of Hope" is a musical fundraising project which was originally designed to help the people of Haiti in their desperate time of need. A year after the terrible earthquake which has destroyed the lives of thousands of Haitians, the need for assistance is even greater than ever. "Symphony of Hope" is a collaboration by 25 of today's leading Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composers to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief. The "Symphony of Hope" begins with an original Haitian melody, then each composer contributes an additional 8-32 bars of music to the piece and then passes it along to the next composer. This is symbolic in the way that one lending hand passes on to another lending hand and so on and eventually a beautiful outcome is derived.

The composers involved are:
Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Bruce Broughton, George S. Clinton, Elia Cmiral, Don Davis, John Debney, Randy Edelman, Andrew Gross, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, David Kitay, Christopher Lennertz, Deborah Lurie, Lisbeth Scott, Pete Seibert, Theodore Shapiro, Ed Shearmur, John Swihart, Brian Tyler, Michael Wandmacher, Timothy Michael Wynn, and Christopher Young

We will be LIVE BLOGGING the scoring session from Warner Brothers on Saturday, March 26th. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Symphony-of-Hope-The-Haiti-Project/197205436965587
http://www.twitter.com/haitisymphony

Thanks!!
Dan

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2011 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Sounds like a great idea.
I was sure I would see Lee Holdridge's name amongst the composers, as he was born in Port-au-Prince. Oh well.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Today you can download "A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project" which I consider to be one of the most important film music related releases of our time. Check out my little review of the symphony (with sound clips) and then head over to iTunes to purchase the album. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Haiti via the Haitian non-profit organization.

http://www.cinematicsound.net/?p=1352

-Erik-

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

This is going to kill the artist section of my iPod!

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

The liner notes don't specify who composed what and where. The artist tag embedded into the files I got yesterday just said Symphony of Hope.

-Erik-

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

I'm really looking forward to hearing this, even set an iCal event for today to remind me it was coming out.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm waiting for samples to show up on Amazon before I buy this, I don't use itunes so I can't hear the itunes samples. It should be a great release though to be sure.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

I'm waiting for samples to show up on Amazon before I buy this, I don't use itunes so I can't hear the itunes samples. It should be a great release though to be sure.

Just follow the iTunes link http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-symphony-hope-the-haiti/id464675271 and it will take you to a webpage where you can listen to the samples. You don't need to have iTunes installed. (just need Quicktime)

Or listen to some of the samples over at http://www.cinematicsound.net/?p=1352

[EDIT] CD is up on Amazon.de for €11.99 ($16.32)

http://www.amazon.de/Symphony-Hope-Haiti-Project/dp/B005KSQPO2/

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2011 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)


Just follow the iTunes link http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-symphony-hope-the-haiti/id464675271 and it will take you to a webpage where you can listen to the samples. You don't need to have iTunes installed. (just need Quicktime)

Or listen to some of the samples over at http://www.cinematicsound.net/?p=1352


Thanks so much big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2011 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you all know, in case you were interested, that I just reviewed the album for A SYMPHONY OF HOPE: THE HAITI PROJECT over at my website, Movie Music UK. As you all know, this is composer Christopher Lennertz's musical fundraising project for the survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, featuring music by 25 of Hollywood's top composers, a 92-piece orchestra and a 42-strong choir.

http://moviemusicuk.us/2011/10/02/a-symphony-of-hope-the-haiti-project-christopher-lennertz-et-al/

I absolutely urge everyone to pick up this album, as every single penny from every copy of the album sold goes directly to the Hands Together charity to help the people of Haiti.

Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

[EDIT] CD is up on Amazon.de for €11.99 ($16.32)

http://www.amazon.de/Symphony-Hope-Haiti-Project/dp/B005KSQPO2/



Can anyone confirm if the EU version is the real pressed CD?
Quality of production on Amazon part is another disaster.

Also, does anyone have the list of composers with their segments?

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Also, does anyone have the list of composers with their segments?

Here you go via Jon Broxton.

MOVEMENT 1: WONGOLO

00:00-01:25 - George S. Clinton
01:26-03:23 - Christophe Beck, vocals by Lisbeth Scott
03:24-04:25 - John Swihart
04:26-06:39 - Brian Tyler
06:40-11:47 - Lisbeth Scott, solo piano by Mike Lang

MOVEMENT 2: DEVASTATION

00:00-01:18 - Christopher Lennertz
01:19-01:36 - a blend of Lennertz and Theodore Shapiro
01:37-02:02 - Pete Seibert, a short bridge linking Shapiro and Gross written in the style of James Horner
02:03-03:18 - Andrew Gross, with the last 25 seconds or so featuring a blend with a Pete Seibert arrangement written in the style of John Williams
03:19-04:55 - Don Davis
04:56-08:37 - David Kitay, solo cello by Dennis Karmazyn
08:38-12:04 - Elia Cmiral, solo cello by Dennis Karmazyn

MOVEMENT 3: AFTERMATH

00:00-02:45 - John Debney
02:46-06:26 - Christopher Young, vocals by Lisbeth Scott
06:27-08:34 - Tyler Bates, solo guitar by George Doering, with the last 45 seconds or so featuring a blend of both Bates and Young's parts, arranged by Seibert

MOVEMENT 4: REBUILDING

00:00-01:39 - Dave Grusin
01:40-03:08 - Edward Shearmur
03:09-04:29 - Michael Wandmacher
04:30-07:00 - Nathan Barr
07:01-08:28 - Edward Shearmur again
08:29-08:49 - a blend of both Grusin and Shearmur's parts, arranged by Seibert

MOVEMENT 5: HOPE

00:00-01:26 - Deborah Lurie, vocals by Carmen Twillie
01:27-02:57 - Bruce Broughton
02:58-03:56 - Tim Wynn
03:57-05:10 - Jeff Beal
05:11-06:00 - Marvin Hamlisch
06:01-08:38 - Randy Edelman
08:39-09:31 - Pete Seibert
09:32-10:19 - Randy Edelman again

-Erik-

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2011 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Fantastic! Thanks so much! smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Kaya Savas' review of this score, taken from Film, Music & Media:

The power of music is something that has been part of my life from since I can remember. I honesty believe that music in combination with image is the most powerful form of human expression there is. Music truly does have the power to help and heal, it is the ultimate medicine. Music allows us to reflect on our condition and in times of need it can be part of the helping process. A Symphony Of Hope is no better example of the healing power of music, and what people are capable of when we come together for a cause. This symphony is the result of 25 of Hollywood's most respected composers. These composers came together and collaborated to craft a beautiful reflection of a regional tragedy with the hope of raising awareness and money for Haiti; a nation still suffering the aftermath of a terrible earthquake.

The symphony is 5 movements and was constructed as a flowing quilt, each composer contributing their own voice to the project. When one composer finished their part they would pass it along to the next to continue. The finished product is a beautiful representation of the journey that Haiti's people have taken in overcoming natural disaster. It reflects the strength of the people and their ability to rise through everything they had to overcome. The central motif is based off of a traditional Haitian melody and it serves as the grounding aspect of the symphony. The music takes us through the devastation of the earthquake and the immediate aftermath, but we move out of the darkness in movements 4 and 5 to embrace light at the end of the tunnel. The music heard here is pure human beauty and it represents the best of what's within us. The arrangements are magnificent and the chorus adds the human voice to support it. While 25 composers worked on this it truly feels as one unified voice. The careful ear will be able to pick up certain styles throughout, but even I had trouble discerning who did what. It really is a testament to their collaboration how amazing it all turned out.

A Symphony Of Hope was written for Haiti, but it's such a universal human journey that its message will echo forever. All proceeds from this album go directly to Haiti as these composers all contributed to it on their own free time. Please take the time to purchase this amazing album and go on a truly magnificent journey while helping in the process. A Symphony Of Hope is an example of the true power of music, and this historic symphony should be treasured by everyone all over the world for music is the universal language. I was honored to have seen this symphony performed live; it was a magical experience.

The Composers: Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Bruce Broughton, George S. Clinton, Elia Cmiral, Don Davis, John Debney, Randy Edelman, Andrew Gross, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, David Kitay, Christopher Lennertz, Deborah Lurie, Lisbeth Scott, Pete Seibert, Theodore Shapiro, Ed Shearmur, John Swihart, Brian Tyler, Michael Wandmacher, Timothy Michael Wynn and Christopher Young.

4 of 4 Stars

Please visit http://www.haitisymphony.com


http://www.filmmusicmedia.com/reviews/asymphonyofhope

And thanks to all for the comments and discerning who contributed to each movement - I'm floating that info to Kaya as we speak!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2012 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I'm just gonna cut n paste my love from the other thread for this CD

Posted: Nov 19, 2011 - 9:07 PM
By: Kev McGann (Member)

My copy arrived yesterday and I played it today. It's really, really good.
I was expecting a bit of a mish-mash and maybe a clash of styles, but the whole thing runs together so seamlessly I couldn't guess who had written what (I will check out that analysis on amazon at another time/listen to unravel things).
I didn't enjoy the 2nd movement so much but that was because I wasn't in the mood for such music (I was in a happy mood and apart from part2, it's all pretty chipper and broad).
The moment it ended, I immediately pressed play again. That's the second time that's happened this week with a new score (Real Steel being the other).
I strongly recommend this release and hey, it's for a worthy cause. Quality all 'round.
---------------------------------------------------------------

Posted: Nov 24, 2011 - 7:20 PM
By: Kev McGann (Member)

I've changed my mind about this one.
It's not very good at all.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!
I bought it mainly to hear the contributions of the composers I love (Broughton, Beck, Davis) and like (Grusin, Young, Debney, Edelman) but I can honestly say EVERY COMPOSER who has contributed to this has really delivered big time.
It plays like one big developed orchestral film score (with choir).
It's fantastic to hear each composer interpret the main Wongola melody (which in itself is memorable and lovely) while adding their own themes and motifs. There's a cohesion to it that I find quite astounding, considering the various talents and styles on display.
It's available at amazon USA and UK (obviously cheaper for Brits if you order from co.uk) and I would bet my life you will not be disappointed by this symphony.
It's plays like proper FILM MUSIC, it's recorded and performed the old way (you can hear separate instruments, there's counterpoint going on, the vocals and choir pieces are exceptional) and it's all for a good cause.
Anyone disillusioned with modern day scores really should check this out.

I still can't believe Lee Holdridge didn't get involved though, he was born there!




 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2012 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I think the 3rd movement is particularly stunning and the first 3 minutes of it, by John Debney, is some of the best music I've heard in my entire life!
It just melts me in the best of ways!
I urge EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD to seek this CD out and enjoy some of the best filmscore-like music written in the past 20 years.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2012 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

It also features a section written by the late Marvin Hamlisch, as well as some cool Dave Grusin grooves at the beginning of the 4th movement.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Here's another one I've been meaning to check out forever, but got to just now. I really like what I'm hearing -- disparate, but at the same time surprisingly coherent. My guess is that each 'group' of composers (one group pr. movement?) sat down to at least agree on some basic ground rules before composing their own little piece, so that it all will fit together in the end.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I play this CD every few weeks. It never gets old.
It's one of the best of the newer film music (connected) CD's I've ever bought.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

I play this CD every few weeks. It never gets old.
It's one of the best of the newer film music (connected) CD's I've ever bought.



Kevin, than you SO much for recommending this. What a beautiful listen to come home to after a stressful day of work. Amazing.

 
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