Author Archives: Sigbjørn

Mission Accomplished!

Finally, a decent score to a Mission Impossible movie! Well, that’s an understatement. Joe Kraemer’s score to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is both suspenseful, inventive, and not least very catchy. He respects Lalo Schifrin’s musical themes and style from the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Score

Here it is, my initial thoughts about the score for the first installment of The Hobbit—An Unexpected Journey—with Howard Shore back in the role as the composer. Going straight for the extended Special Edition version of the soundtrack, I sat … Continue reading

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Iolanta, Messiah, and an American in Japan

About one and a half year ago I attended three quite different concerts in rapid succession at two different continents. Even though the concerts were of varying quality, I made some interesting observations which I’d like to share. The first … Continue reading

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Riveting Fireworks Music

Pinnock’s is the most entertaining recording I’ve heard of Händel’s Royal Fireworks Music. The prominent drums, breakneck tempo and impeccable playing all contribute to making this a winner. Listen to it here. Pinnock and the English Concert also recorded the … Continue reading

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Philips’ Complete Mozart Edition

Philips’ Complete Mozart Edition has now been made available on Spotify. Initially released in 1990-91, to celebrate the bicentenary of Mozart’s death (5th of December, 1791), it was the first complete collection of Mozart’s music on recordings. Major contributors include … Continue reading

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Minimalistic Film Music

In this post about Clint Mansell’s score for The Fountain, I compared one track to Philip Glass’ score for The Hours. To me this is one of the truly great scores out there and it’s just as gripping without the … Continue reading

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Reissues

I want to draw your attention to some great reissue-series. Australian Eloquence of Universal music have started a grand reissue programme in order to get good recordings back into the catalogue. They draw the recordings from the back catalogues of … Continue reading

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