Review: James Horner A Life In Music at the Royal Albert Hall

Sean Wilson reviews the tribute concert in memory of the late Titanic composer…

It takes a special composer to stamp a singular and enduring personality over the films they score, but James Horner was that person. Tragically killed in a plane crash in 2015 Horner’s death was massive blow for the soundtrack industry, the loss of a musical titan who, although controversial, injected extraordinary amounts of heart, beauty and sincerity into his soundtracks.

Horner’s richly melodic approach was on fine display in the Royal Albert Hall tribute concert, A Life In Music, his extraordinary and multifaceted career more than done justice by London’s Cinematic Sinfonia orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus, all under the baton of reliable conductor Ludwig Wicki. The nuances of Horner’s music, from the galloping intricacy of the brass writing to the yearning, searching strings and poignant woodwinds, demanded a robust and vibrant live performance,
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‘The Amazing Race’ Season 28 Episode 6 Recap: “Let the Good Times Roll”

And we're back! After a few-week hiatus, the social media influencer extravaganza that is The Amazing Race Season 28 returns. But before we get to the action, it's worth nothing during the show's time off, there's something a lot of fans have been wondering:

I guess the #ExpressPass doesn't exist this season. #AmazingRace

Chris M (@CoolHandChris55) February 13, 2016

Is there no #ExpressPass in this season?! #AmazingRace

— Vern Mei (@VernMei) February 13, 2016

@PhilKeoghan @travelocity @colombia_travel When will the #ExpressPass show up? #AmazingRace

— Deven Parikh (@DParikh30) February 27, 2016

For the uninitiated, an Express Pass is used to skip all tasks in a Leg and move directly to a Pit Stop. It's a big deal. If an Express Pass were to show up this late in the game and a team were to use it on this ninth leg, it could really shake things up. And shaking things up seems like exactly what the powers that
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The man who’s always there: Carter Burwell’s collaborations with the Coen Bros.

In his 30-year career as a composer, Carter Burwell’s film scores have run the veritable cinematic gamut. From composing for Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) to his work being the best parts of the Twilight saga, Burwell’s résumé is sporadic and unconventional, even for a man who makes film music for a living — it’s fitting, given his less-than-conventional roots as a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon and later as a vagrant New York punk rocker. Undoubtedly, Burwell’s become best known for the his collaborations with Joel and Ethan Coen. Last week, Sound on Sight ranked the films of the Coen Brothers, so what better way to take over The Big Score than with a similarly themed meditation on their work with Burwell? As much as the Coens’ filmography is defined by their trademark cynicism and wit, Burwell’s compositions are
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Music in the movies: Carter Burwell

As True Grit shoots its way into cinemas, Glen takes a timely look back at composer Carter Burwell’s collaborations with the Coen brothers...

With True Grit about to hit UK cinemas, I thought now would be an ideal time to look at the numerous collaborations between the Coen brothers and Carter Burwell, who composed music for all but one of their films.

Blood Simple

The start of the long and successful working relationship between Burwell and the Coen brothers started with his work on their debut, as he was the cheapest composer they could find. The fact that they found a composer of such high quality on the cheap was fortuitous, considering the fantastic results their collaborations have produced over the years.

The score is understated and simple, utilising a piano motif that carries much of the piece. There are also synth passages that add extra layers to his work here,
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Gala Obamaganza!

I thought nothing could top the joyous news of Veronika Part's promotion to Principal Dancer (and, really, nothing can), but this is pretty wowsy-boom: President Barack Obama And Mrs. Michelle Obama To Serve As Honorary Chairmen Of Abt’S 2009 Spring Gala, Monday Evening, May 18, 6:30 P.M. At The Metropolitan Opera House Evening To Include Special Guest Appearance By Jazz Icon Herbie Hancock And A Piece D’Occasion For Nina Ananiashvili Choreographed By Alexei Ratmansky 4/20/2009 - President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chairmen, along with Carolina Herrera, Caroline Kennedy, Blaine Trump and Renee Zellweger, for American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala on Monday, May 18. In honor of the farewell season of Principal Dancer Nina Ananiashvili, Abt Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky has created a piece d’occasion set to the waltz from Aram Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite to be performed by Ms. Ananiashvili. The Gala evening,
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