Preisner's scoring for films have been very successful with "The Double Life Of Veronika", and three albums of scores for "Three Colours Blue, White and Red", some reaching Platinum CD status by Poland's musical standards… another outstanding score was "The Last September", based on a novel by Elizabeth Bowen and brought to the screen by director Hector Babenco, beautiful and compelling music, and the unforgettable Agnieszka Holland's "Secret Garden". Let us look at the soundtrack at hand–-"ABERDEEN", from writer/director Hans Petter Moland finds our characters on the road to Aberdeen in Scotland… storyline is between father and daughter regarding their reconciliation as the prepare to visit her dying mother… the big surprise is her father may not really be her father. Preisner captures the tone and mood of Moland's screenplay, with piano solo (Leszek Mozdzer) of a lingering theme, interwoven at times with the voice of Stina Nordenstam… create feelings of dreamlike drifting…mesmerizing counter-melodies featuring John Parricelli (guitar)… completely enters your body and soul.
Varèse Sarabande presents "Surviving Christmas", music from the film featuring Randy Edelman's score mixed with several songs from the past Holiday seasons…a list of some talented people Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby, Jose Feliciano, Judy Garland, Lou Rawls and Andy Williams.
Pianist Gene Harris' 1992 quartet (with guitarist Ron Eschete, bassist Luther Hughes, and drummer Harold Jones) explores ten wide-ranging selections on this CD. But despite the very different chord changes, they are able to infuse the music with so much soul that the results are consistently bluesy. Among the tunes that Harris and his group explore are Horace Silver's "Strollin'", "Until the Real Thing Comes Along," "Jeannine", "You Make Me Feel So Young", and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams". An excellent effort.
Silva Screen Records present earlier composers who were masters of music on Hitchcock films, and later films with Bernard Herrmann on the second CD. The "CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA" is Miklos Rozsa's haunting theme which lasts over nine minutes is something from heaven. "STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN" the Dimitri Tiomkin contribution is also an outstanding track which can move the unmoveable with the heart-racing pounding sounds that the two composers generate. Both composers Rozsa and Tiomkin have a list of accomplishments a mile long, but to hear their music on a Hitchcock film is pure geneious in film making and scoring.
Reynold da Silva's Silva Screen Records has been constructing a series of "essential" collections of major film composers' scores usually by making new recordings of portions of those scores or compiling recordings previously made for other projects, most often employing the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. For this Michel Legrand album, the label has actually enlisted Legrand as conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra (whose contributions are not noted until you examine the CD booklet), with a few additional jazz musicians, plus Legrand himself on piano and (during the extended suite from The Go-Between) harpsichord. Still, these are new recordings, made in December 2004, and should not be confused with actual soundtrack recordings. Legrand oversees excerpts from some of his most popular scores, leaning heavily on the major themes, such as "I Will Wait for You" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, "Theme from Summer of '42," and "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair.