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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2008 12:35:32 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2008 12:45:32 GMT
maz says:
How about Pino Donnagio for 'Carrie', amongst others?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2008 13:31:12 GMT
Mr. K. Blake says:
Jerry Goldsmith. Amazing stuff on 'Capricorn 1' and 'The First Great Train Robbery'. Then it has to be John Barry...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2008 20:49:12 GMT
maz says:
...for 'The Ipcress File', 'Dances with wolves', 'Midnight Cowboy'...oh, and about the bloke called Bond.
Another great man is Henry Mancini, for the Pink Panther films, Moon River, Peter Gunn etc. The list is endless.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2008 15:05:21 GMT
That's Roy Budd, check out The Black Windmill, awesome score,as are many of his.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2008 18:47:43 GMT
The brillinat Hans Zimmer sure gets my vote! Check out 'Hannibal' that will really lean you towards this genius. The haunting voice of Danielle de neise on the closing operatic track never fails to touch my soul!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 20:58:35 GMT
W D McTaylor says:
John Williams must be on most lists; Bernard Hermann - for the great collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock; Ralph McTell, for his music on "Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland" - especially the instrumental versions of "The Island", which makes me long to be there!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2008 16:16:33 GMT
At last! Someone who knows how to puntuate, thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2008 16:20:02 GMT
You forgot Poledouris' score for 'Big Wednesday'.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2008 01:24:23 GMT
M. Hardy says:
I agree, Barry helped to create an incredible atmosphere to a film - no doubt drawn from a blend of his classical and jazz composition training. He explores his craft deeply, with great intensity and finesse - leaving you wanting more. See 'Deadfall' and 'The Quiller Memorandum' for classic examples.

Posted on 6 Feb 2009 12:40:07 GMT
jonath08 says:
1. John Williams
2. Alan Silvestri
3. Danny Elfman
4. Harry gregson-Williams
5. John Powell

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 19:50:42 GMT
Classics:
1. John Williams
2. Jerry Goldsmith
3. Hans Zimmer
4. John Barry

Newcomers:
1. Brian Tyler
2. Michael Giacchino
3. Nathan Barr

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 20:24:58 GMT
I like the work of Miklos Rozsa as his music appeals to me on many levels. Try the sountracks to Ben Hur, Quo Vadis, Private life of Sherlock Holmes, The Four Feathers and last but not least El Cid.

Posted on 2 Mar 2009 18:31:35 GMT
It's got to be Hans Zimmer all the way...Pirates of the Caribbean-say no more!!! And The Holiday...his scores tick all the boxes.

Posted on 19 Mar 2009 13:04:58 GMT
Steve_Turner says:
Very interesting choices, the usual obvious ones being John Williams (he is possibly the best) and Vangelis, although I have to say Hans Zimmer is my favourite. He is always able to take an average film & propel it to something else, purely on the power of his music alone, ie The DaVinci Code. His score for Backdraft was one of those few scores that can actually induce tears, such is the majestic way he captures the heroism of firefighters, the way these ordinary heroes put their lives on the line every time they just turn up for work.
Another very underrated composer is George Fenton, mainly known for his TV work, he also composed the score for Memphis Belle which was another very good film.
Stephen Warbeck for Shakespeare in Love deserves a mention as that is posssibly my own personal favourite soundtrack of all time, the perfect soundtrack to the perfect film!
God bless 'em all!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2009 12:02:47 GMT
AJ says:
It amazes me that there's not a lot of shouts for Howard Shore - Brilliant music for the LOTR trilogy, almost 3 symphonies in their own right!

Bill Conti for the Rocky moves; War as used in the climactic fight scenes is a stomper.

Posted on 27 Mar 2009 19:10:23 GMT
I. Watts says:
Ian Watts,
It just has to be the great John Barry; check out the amazing list of simply brilliant scores he has written for major films.
His 'Romance for guitar and orchestra' from the Michael Caine film 'Deadfall' is absolutely beautiful. The list of films he has composed for is just too huge to single out particular favourites, but one just has to be the stunning score for 'ZULU'

Posted on 28 Mar 2009 19:35:29 GMT
It is almost impossible just to name one, but my all time favorite is definitely Hans Zimmer. He delievers so many different soundtrack, but there always some kind of Zimmer feeling to them all.

Posted on 4 Apr 2009 03:28:09 BDT
James Horner does it for me

Posted on 29 Apr 2009 22:57:34 BDT
D. W. Kelly says:
For me. it has to be the Hungarian born composer, Miklos Rozsa, whose attention to detail in capturing the period and pagentry of his many musical scores for films such as Ben Hur, El Cid, King of Kings, Madame Bovary, Young Bess, Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, Sodom and Gomorrah, to name a few, epitomised his gift and character in using music to both transport and transcend the listener, particular his stirring and moving biblical themes. Who can forget the closing 'Alleluia' in Ben Hur, the stirring El Cid march, and the romantic love themes in both these films. I recently acquired the new 3 c.d. soundtrack of El Cid, performed by the City of Prague Orchestra and Chorus (Tadlow Music) and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the music of this fine composer. He was truly one of Hollywood's early greats, along with Erich Korngold, Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrman and Elmer Bernstein. More recent favourites are John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry.

Posted on 3 May 2009 19:58:20 BDT
Elise says:
My personal favourites, most of which have already been mentioned are... Howard Shore for his LOTR Trilogy (I have all the complete recordings on cd), John Barry (I love the work he did for 'Somewhere in Time' and I am actually named Elise after the leading lady in the film), Dario Marianelli (Atonement and Pride & Prejudice), Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code, The Holiday and, of course, Gladiator), John Williams (Harry Potter), Michael Nyman (The Piano), Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean), Patrick Doyle (Pride & Prejudice - 1996 version), Harry Gregson-Williams (Narnia Chronicles), Adrian Johnston (Becoming Jane and Brideshead Revisited), Thomas Newman (American Beauty), Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and Craig Armstrong (Love Actually).

Posted on 5 May 2009 17:14:19 BDT
BigRich says:
Has no one mentioned THOMAS NEWMAN yet?! Come on!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2009 23:41:16 BDT
psymonek says:
Bregovic or Preisner

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2009 10:36:51 BDT
I totally agree with you... Hans Zimmer Rocks!!! You should also listen to Crimson Tide and The Rock....the films in themselves are great....but with his music..it makes them excellent :)

Posted on 7 Aug 2009 15:48:11 BDT
victor says:
John Williams for Star Wars and for TV series Murry Gold for Doctor Who Soundtrack.
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