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 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Which orchestral score would you recommend ( only 2 or 3) of scores that are not so widley known ?
No STAR WARS_STAR TREKS_BONDS_POTTERS_MARVELS_etc.
Interesting for me more the big orchestras rather than small chamber ones....

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 12:23 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

My brain implodes when the parameters are too wide like this. There are a million great 'not so familiar' orchestral scores. Any more specific criteria we could use? Timeframe? Particular scores or composers as reference? Genres?

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Hahaha...yes..maybe the question is just too wide open for interpretation you are right...
mmmmh..dont know...how about select the 2 scores that are the "biggest" ones in terms of orchestra...
If I should recommend 2 scores ( for the non europeans, who might be not so familiar with European stuff) I´d always go for
Rolf Wilhelm`s DIE NIBELNGEN and Martin Böttchers WINNETOU Scores ...

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Early scores by Frederic Talgorn (90s/00s) and Philippe Rombi (00's) are both lush and scored for large orchestra.
If you like those traditional scores by Williams, Goldsmith, Horner, Barry etc, you will dig theirs.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


The Bourne Identity

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   DaveM   (Member)

I initially wanted to write Winnetou by Martin Böttcher but it's already mentionent. Another great german filmcomposer is Ralf Wengenmayr. He scored the Star Wars/Star Trek parody "(T)raumschiff Surprise" which has really good music (https://youtu.be/5sE_vGOC5os?list=PLWIheDdUl4GTKjM4ncI04DSznrNs3u6n-&t=8 , https://youtu.be/9UIfJ6qXzOs?list=PLWIheDdUl4GTKjM4ncI04DSznrNs3u6n-&t=8).
He also scored the new "Jim Knopf" adaptations, also full of beautiful and melodic orchestral music.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

The War of the Vendee by Kevin Kaska

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Marie de Nazareth by Oliver Lliboutry
Jaquou le Croquant by Laurent
Boutonnat
Fan Fan Le Tulip by Alexander Azaria

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Ray Cook - Careful He Might Hear You
Randy Miller - Spartacus (2004 TV Movie)
Maurice Jarre - Tai Pan

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   W. David Lichty [Lorien]   (Member)

Alexandre Desplat - Girl with a Pearl Earring


Laurie Johnson - First Men in the Moon (scroll in 20 seconds - there's an intro)


Alexandre Desplat again - Birth (one of the best album arrangements ever)

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Not sure how widely known these scores are, but at least I don't hear them mentioned often (give you three titles):

Night Crossing (Jerry Goldsmith)
The Cowboys (John Williams)*
Lifeforce (Henry Mancini)

* - for that matter, Space Camp

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Federico Jusid -- Isabel.

Rich, symphonic, period score. Available as a download.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   rdj252   (Member)

James Horner’s Spitfire Grill

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

The most obscure treasure in my collection is Toru Takemitsu's Glowing Autumn.

It was released in Japan in the 1990s by Soundtrack Listeners Communications, and it's a gorgeous, romantic score, with Delerue-worthy sweeping lyricism.

It's hard to find, but if you come across a copy, I recommend grabbing it!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Another one I love...and I think you may like.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Thanks guys...some cool stuff there.

I guess to narrow it down a bit..
Horner_Williams_Goldsmiths_Desplats_Morricone_Mancini etc.etc. those are all well known fellas and for me not really hidden gemssmile But nevertheless thank you all!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

By a famous American composer, albeit one who did not write many film scores.

A number of these cues were composed for the mini series but were left on the "cutting room floor." Fortunately, Gould recorded an extended suite in London with the National Philharmonic (about 70 musicians) later in 1978.

This is about half of the selections included:

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Peter Bateman's London orchestral sessions albums are amazing -- technically not "scores" but production library music.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Crew   (Member)

Not sure on the criteria except not Williams/Zimmer/Star Wars/Harry Potter/etc, but here are a few I liked.

Dan Romer -- Luca
Harry Gregson-Williams -- The Martian
Daniel Pemberton -- Space Dive
Nigel Godrich -- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Christophe Beck -- Free Guy
Justin Hurwitz -- First Man
Matthew Margeson -- Eddie The Eagle
Henry Jackman -- Cherry
Christopher Drake -- The Dark Knight Returns
Austin Wintory -- Journey (also, Traveler: A Journey Symphony)

I also know you said no Marvel, but I still have to recommend John Paesano -- "Marvel's Spider-Man" (original video game soundtrack) as one of my favorites, video game or comic-property notwithstanding.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2022 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   ibelin   (Member)

I take it not many people are familiar with Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov's War and Peace.

Ovchinnikov made the scores for several Tarkovsky films and several other Soviet films I've never heard of. He wasn't a well-known composer.

 
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