Welcome to CINEAMTIC SOUND RADIO’s Best Scores of 2013 Countdown.
It’s been another stellar year for film music. 2013 picked up right where 2012 left off. Every month there was another great new score to discover whether from a giant Hollywood blockbuster, a small independent film, a foreign language television show or a video game. There was truly something for everyone.
My top 10 list was finalized a few days ago but then a last minute entry gladly messed all of that up. Due to that last minute entry (which is the number 8 score of the year) I will be presenting eleven scores on the countdown (like we did last year) with the top spot being claimed by not one… but two scores. I just couldn’t pick a true favourite so both of them will get the top prize this year.
Enjoy the countdown!
#1 (TIE) | REMEMBER ME (Olivier Deriviere)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 concludes with one of the scores tied for the number one spot – Olivier Deriviere’s brilliant score to the video game, REMEMBER ME
Deriviere provided this thrilling video game with a groundbreaking score written for live symphony orchestra, voices, synthesizers and post production digital manipulation. It’s a score that takes you on a journey the like you’ve never really been on before. The score was performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and was recorded by John Kurlander.
NOW PLAYING: REMEMBER ME | #1 (TIE)
#1 (TIE) | ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (Abel Korzeniowski)
Sugar Free Media
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with Abel Korzeniowski’s magnificent 22 minute score to ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW.
This score was hands down the best film score of 2013. It’s a score that had zero restraints. It’s an in your face, aggressive, old school fashioned score that was written to be noticed; a score that was required to tell you everything musically as to what was happening in this surreal film. Korzeniowski did this with flying colours! This is easily Korzeniowski’s best score to date.
NOW PLAYING: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW | #1 (TIE)
#2 | EVIL DEAD (Roque Baños)
La La Land Records
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with Roque Baños’ horror masterpiece from EVIL DEAD in at number 2.
Fede Alvarez’s remake the the 1981 cult classic, EVIL DEAD, was was a shocking, gory, and terrifying ride, which featured a ground-breaking horror score by one of Spain’s best film composers, Roque Baños. This full on orchestral and choral assault was complemented by a truly unique musical colour – an raid siren, which is one the most chilling devices ever used in a horror score.
NOW PLAYING: EVIL DEAD | #2
#3 | GRAND PIANO (Victor Reyes)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #3 composed by Victor Reyes for the Elijah Wood / John Cusack thriller, GRAND PIANO.
Spain is home to some of the most talented film, TV and video games composers in the world and Victor Reyes has cemented his place among the elite Spanish composers working today with this extraordinary score where he not only supplied the film’s dramatic score but wrote a complete symphonic concert work for the film as well.
NOW PLAYING: GRAND PIANO | #3
#4 | A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (Marco Beltrami)
Sony Music Entertainment
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #4 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
In 2008 composer Marco Beltrami was brought to replaced the late Michael Kamen on the fourth DIE HARD film, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Kamen passed away in 2003. With the success of that film and score Beltrami returned to score the fifth film and created one of the most explosive scores you will ever hear, all while at the same time keeping Kamen’s memory alive by utilizing his themes in this dynamite score!
NOW PLAYING: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD | #4
#5 | SUMMER IN FEBRUARY (Benjamin Wallfisch)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #5 SUMMER IN FEBRUARY directed by Christopher Menaul based on Jonathan Smith’s 1995 novel.
Performed by pianist Yuja Wang and the Chamber Orchestra of London, Benjamin Wallfisch’s score is mature, lush, deeply dramatic and multi-thematic making it one of the most impressive scores of his young career.
NOW PLAYING: SUMMER IN FEBRUARY | #5
#6 | JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (John Ottman)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #6 from Brian Singer’s fantasy adventure film, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER
This epic and thematic score was composed by Singer’s frequent collaborator, John Ottman, who also served as editor and associate producer on the film. This is one of Ottman’s great achievements written for large symphony orchestra and chorus and was brilliantly recorded by the extremely talented Casey Stone.
NOW PLAYING: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER | #6
#7 | STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (Michael Giacchino)
Varese Sarabande Records
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #7 from J.J Abrams’ box office smash STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.
Michael Giacchino returned to compose the score for this second outing of the rebooted Star Trek franchise having scored STAR TREK in 2009. Giacchino’s score brings back his already established themes from the first film as well as supplying new themes and motifs including one of 2013’s most memorable themes for bad guy, John Harrison.
NOW PLAYING: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS | #7
#8 | STALINGRAD (Angelo Badalamenti)
MovieScore Media / Kronos Records
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #8 from Russia’s most successful film of all time, STALINGRAD.
Veteran composer Angelo Badalamenti provided the sweeping and thematic dramatic score for the film, which was recorded with an 80-piece orchestra in Moscow.
The score album will released via MovieScore Media/Kronos Records on January 28th.
NOW PLAYING: STALINGRAD | #8
#9 | ROMEO & JULIET (Abel Korzeniowski)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 continues with score #9 from Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, ROMEO & JULIET.
James Horner had written an original score for the film but that was ultimately rejected at the last minute. Abel Korzeniowski was then brought and only had a few short weeks to put pen to paper and then recorded his score in time for its October 2013 release. The result is one of Korzeniowski’s greatest achievements.
NOW PLAYING: ROMEO & JULIET | #9
#10 | IRON MAN 3 (Brian Tyler)
Cinematic Sound Radio’s countdown of the best scores of 2013 begins with Brian Tyler’s incredibly entertaining and action packed score to IRON MAN 3. Tyler’s brand new Iron Man 3 theme was a track that I played over and over and over again when I first heard it and was easily one of my most played tracks of the year.
Tyler had a prolific year scoring eight films, television shows and video games. IRON MAN 3 is his finest work of the year and one of the very best scores of his career.
NOW PLAYING: IRON MAN 3 | #10