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 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Thanks Paul.

Song for 50 is really a stunner; I have listened it several times and it gets better and better. It´s hard to rival Gold´s enthusiasm to write music of this magnitude nowadays. He really, really loves what he´s doing, and it shows!

His work has revitalised my appreciation for film music, which I thought had said its final word to me, at least in the main stream cinema. It´s not an exaggeration to say that Gold is one of my all time favorite composers in any genre, and I discovered him only a year and a half ago! His music has that kind of effect to me. Abigail´s Song for example; one of the most beautiful songs you can ever expect to hear.

It seems that at least here, Gold is an undiscovered natural resource (no pun intended!). He is positively a force of nature!

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Only just realised, listening to the Prom yet again (day off) that the only real era of the series not represented in the Classic Series section is the TV Movie starring Paul McGann. The actual Doctor was in clips in the videos, but not the music. Clearences might be complicated here, since the production had no less than three composers!, John Debney, John Sponsler and Louis Febre.

Shame, as they are responsible for the first truly orchestral score for Doctor Who.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

For those familiar with the season 5 and 6 2CD sets, what are your favorite pieces?

Perhaps due to the sheer number of tracks, I haven't listened to those releases as much apart from a few tracks, namely I Am The Doctor and a few others. Cheers.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Hi Pete.

Here goes (a few favorites):

Series 5:

-The whole of The Eleventh Hour (one of his best scores)
-Amy´s Theme
-Battle in the Sky
-Cab for Amy Pond
-The Vampires of Venice
-The Silurians
-With Love, Vincent
-The Life and Death of Amy Pond
-A River of Tears
-The Sad Man with a Box
-You and Me, Amy
-I Remember You

Series 6:

-I am the Doctor in Utah
-The Impossible Astronaut
-Help is on Its Way
-Day of the Moon
-Deadly Siren
-Loving isn´t Knowing (The Almost People Suite)
-Melody Pond
-Pay Attention Grown Ups
-The Enigma of River Song
-5:02 PM
-Time´s Moving
-The Wedding of River Song
-The Majestic Tale (of a Madman in a Box)

Mind you, I love most of Gold´s music and could make a much longer list, but here´s something for starters. Cheers!

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Good list Kari. It would be hard for me to pick a few. While I love most of his music, I never care for the playing order on the CD's, and I radically change the playlist order. I trim a few tracks out as well.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

Hi Pete.

Here goes (a few favorites):...

Thanks for those Kari, about to give them a listen. Hope to become familiar with seasons 5 & 6 before the next 60+ tracks are released.

And I hope one day we're treated to some sheet music from the series.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2013 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

You´re welcome Pete. Enjoy! smile

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Kari, I'm listening to the Series 6 disc again, to refamiliarise myself with it, after some time believing it's a 'lesser work' based on my recent assessments regarding the lack of themes etc. Partly because of your listing and partly because I watched The Impossible Astronaut last night as a start to watching that season through. There are some tremendous sounds in this first story. I love the Edda Del Orso style wordless vocals ( Mae McKenna in this instance), and the track Help is on it's Way is tremendous! Starting with that sassy, jazzy Bondish outburst, followed by a touch of the Zimmerishness from the recent Batman trilogy, and THAT is then followed by the nicest Herrmannesque/Hitchcockian passage I've ever heard!

Murray may wear his influences on his sleeve sometimes, but my goodness he does in such style. All your favourite movie music styles in such a small, compact place. Now I'm on to Graystark Hall and that woodwind is SO reminiscent of Bride of Frankenstein, with some very Hammerish elements soon after that would make James Bernard proud!

Thankyou my friend, for pointing me in the right direction. I'm loving it. I hope they do a concert not too far from you one day. They've made a start. The first outside the UK was in Sidney, Australia fairly recently. And I believe the show's doing ok in France so you never know. I do feel we've done extermely well, with six concert hall performances, and a whole tour of arena shows for those who can't get to the capitol, all of which have guest presenters and monsters (original costumes too).

Ahh. Just got to Melody Pond. What was I thinking saying we've lost the themes?

Can't wait for the 50th Anniversary Special which looks like being feature length, and in 3D for a cinema release. Surely this will get it's own cd? All those themes to be touched upon, and mixed together. Maybe a couple of new ones? The John Hurt Doctor, the Zygons ( a great Classic Series monster to have only appeared once before in the mid 70s). I suspect the studio version of Song for 50 will be included on this. Not to mention this year's Christmas Special with Matt possibly getting his own Vale Decem, and then a new Doctor to score for. SO much to look forward to!

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

You´re welcome, Paul.

I also initially considered Series 6 perhaps a notch weaker after tremendous Series 5, but no. Gold established most of the main material in Series 5 and after such great themes, the novelty was gone to a certain extent. I think he really pulled it off nevertheless. Melody Pond for example, one of his most beautiful melodic inspirations (Mae McKenna is gorgeous). And I can´t get enough of Forgiven (Gold really knows how to use synths as part of the orchestra; those whooshing sounds in Abigail´s Song, it gives me shivers every time). Music for two-parter The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon is downright one of his best IMO. Other highlights include The Enigma of River Song, Pay Attention Grown Ups, 5:02 PM, My Silence, Time´s Moving and The Wedding of River Song. His stuff positively boggles the mind. We´re so lucky to have him around these days!

You´re right, Gold draws his inspiration from many sources, and yet the music always seems highly original and fresh. The guy can write in so many styles; a true mark of a professional. He´s not only marvel at melodious stuff, his action music is the best you can hear today IMO. The riffs, rhythms, hooks and motifs! John Williams used to generate such a response from me.

Considering the 50th Anniversary Special, it must have a CD or two, and while they are recording it, they surely include Song for 50 as well, won´t they? Of course they will. Along with Christmas Special. I´m really looking forward to hearing variations of the Gallifrey theme, the Tenth Doctor´s theme et al.

These are terrific times, my friend! big grin

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