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 Posted:   Aug 1, 2016 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

As heard (in his own words) last Saturday on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/30/487777654/in-the-sounds-of-jason-bournes-world-a-story-of-creation-and-loss

Others here I'm sure were enjoying Powell's scores long before I discovered him, and they probably already know of the tragedy he's had to face in his life. This report should be equally moving to them and to newcomers like me. (And it certainly makes one wish his new concert work, conducted by the redoubtable Jose Serebrier, were already available to the CD-buying public.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2016 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   davecos   (Member)

As heard (in his own words) last Saturday on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/30/487777654/in-the-sounds-of-jason-bournes-world-a-story-of-creation-and-loss

Others here I'm sure were enjoying Powell's scores long before I discovered him, and they probably already know of the tragedy he's had to face in his life. This report should be equally moving to them and to newcomers like me. (And it certainly makes one wish his new concert work, conducted by the redoubtable Jose Serebrier, were already available to the CD-buying public.


From the clips I've heard it sounds like quite a departure from his film work. Powell has been one of my favourite composers ever since he came onto the scene in 1997 with Faceoff. His How to attain Your Dragon franchise scores have been excellent as has his work on the Bourne series. Even something like Hancock had some true originality as far as the approach and the track Death and Transfiguration still sends chills down the spine.

I'm really hoping there will be some sort of release of his concert work though I wonder if the association of it with his wife's untimely passing that occurred on the very same day of its premier might be a factor in getting it released.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2017 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

I'm really hoping there will be some sort of release of his concert work though I wonder if the association of it with his wife's untimely passing that occurred on the very same day of its premier might be a factor in getting it released.

Despite the tragic circumstances, I hope it will see the light of day too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2017 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   davecos   (Member)

I'm really hoping there will be some sort of release of his concert work though I wonder if the association of it with his wife's untimely passing that occurred on the very same day of its premier might be a factor in getting it released.

Despite the tragic circumstances, I hope it will see the light of day too.

He's released another concert work called "The Prize is Still Mine" which contrasts VW modal writing for orchestra against gospel choir and it's magnificent. Wondering if the Prussian Reqiiem was held back so this work could be coupled with it...

https://soundcloud.com/johnpowellmusic/the-prize-is-still-mine

When I hear writing like this I wish Powell would be tapped for blockbusters like Rogue One and Superman but I think it's more to do with him somewhat turning away from Hollywood. If this is the kind of music he composes however I'm fine with him sticking with concert works. Stunning music.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2017 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

The Prize is Still Mine is absolutely stunning work.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2017 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   dpsternan   (Member)

Thanks for sharing - "The Prize..." is really wonderful!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2017 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

I'm really hoping there will be some sort of release of his concert work though I wonder if the association of it with his wife's untimely passing that occurred on the very same day of its premier might be a factor in getting it released.

Despite the tragic circumstances, I hope it will see the light of day too.


He's released another concert work called "The Prize is Still Mine" which contrasts VW modal writing for orchestra against gospel choir and it's magnificent. Wondering if the Prussian Reqiiem was held back so this work could be coupled with it...

https://soundcloud.com/johnpowellmusic/the-prize-is-still-mine

When I hear writing like this I wish Powell would be tapped for blockbusters like Rogue One and Superman but I think it's more to do with him somewhat turning away from Hollywood. If this is the kind of music he composes however I'm fine with him sticking with concert works. Stunning music.

Seem's the tracks are up for a limited time, as the link no longer works.

For a limited time only 9 minutes of his Prussian Requiem: https://soundcloud.com/johnpowellmusic

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2017 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Damn, that piece from the Requiem is so good.

Hope this comes out on CD soon!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2017 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

He announced on Facebook today that he'll be releasing a "Choral Works" CD later this year, with "A Prussian Requiem," "The Prize is Still Mine," and another piece he hasn't finished yet.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10104934027441285&id=3436109&substory_index=6

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2017 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Culee, Culay, o frabjous day! Thanks for the great news.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2017 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   TxIrish   (Member)

I listened to about five minutes... I'll wait until the CD comes out to hear the rest. smile Wow, that was really, really beautiful!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2017 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   davecos   (Member)

Cannot get enough of this piece. Really hoping this will be released later this year. The SoundCloud quality leaves a lot to be desired. But the music is simply wonderful. I always knew Powell had chops on top of boat loads of talent.

And I love his interviews. Very dry sense of humour.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2017 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   thestat   (Member)

Yes, saw this live. It is much better than the sound clip lets on. It reaches Poledourian heights with some of the bombast. But Powell is such a melodist that he is best served in composing less esoteric work!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2017 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   davecos   (Member)

Yes, saw this live. It is much better than the sound clip lets on. It reaches Poledourian heights with some of the bombast. But Powell is such a melodist that he is best served in composing less esoteric work!

I wouldn't classify modern concert hall repertoire as "esoteric" especially in contrast to the musical pablum that many current film scores possess as far as depth of harmony, development of key ideas and overall structure.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2017 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

Any news? I don't think I've seen Powell post anything on Facebook

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2017 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Appears this has been delayed a bit, but will be coming out on Powell's new label, 5 Cat Studios.

From Powell's Facebook:

Ferdinand soundtrack album is coming soon!
— but if you are waiting for 'A Prussian Requiem' and other choral works to be released, like and follow the new record label 5 Cat Studios’ page!

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2017 - 1:19 AM   
 By:   AMRA75   (Member)

June 2018!

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2017 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

June 2018!

Where did you hear that?

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2017 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

June 2018!

Where did you hear that?

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2017 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Next live performance is certainly planned for June 2018!

smile

http://www.filmmusicprague.com

 
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