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World Soundtrack Awards
Tribute to the Film Composer


Composers: Various

Conductor: Dirk Brossé
Performed by: Brussels Philharmonic
Label: Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
SILCD1625 (CD), SILED1625 (download)
Release Date: 23 October 2020

Supported by the Film Fest Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards (WSA), Tribute To The Film Composer is the sixth release in the WSA series on Silva Screen Records. The music is performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé and features contributions from Elmer Bernstein, James Newton Howard, Carter Burwell, Alberto Iglesias, Elliot Goldenthal, Gabriel Yared, Jóhann Jóhannsson, John Williams, Nicholas Britell, Mychael Danna, Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Michael Giacchino and Angelo Badalamenti...

Every year, an outstanding film music composer is invited to present their work during the annual World Soundtrack Awards Gala and Concert and this year the spotlight is on past winners. The Academy is celebrating 20 years of the World Soundtrack Awards with an anniversary concert on 24th October and album devoted to all thirteen Awards winning composers.

Tribute To the Film Composer album highlights the variety of the composers’ output and it features exclusive premiere studio recordings. Some of the tracks are concert arrangements, adapted by the composer for a life beyond the film or TV score. Other tracks are new recordings of cues that have never been released on a soundtrack album or which were not even used in the film.

The album’s title is derived from the playful closing album track, John Williams’s 2002 homage to his peers. Lasting less than five minutes, the 'Tribute To The Film Composer' piece skillfully weaves through 23 different film themes by various composers who were nearly all either acquaintances or very close friends of the legendary John Williams - although he does include quite a lot of his own themes (most of them deservedly so).

Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s online concert will be free for fans to watch and the organisers are hoping this will further widen the already International WSA fanbase.

For serious soundtrack collector's, this is the chance to hear some additional music from scores you may already own, but more importantly it acts as a wonderfully diverse collection that may introduce a lot of listeners to the work of composers they'd previously not heard. The album contains 15 tracks (1 hr, 03 min, 03 sec) and really is an essential purchase for all music fans. It straddles the line between soundtrack and classical music and is certainly a collection you'll get years of listening pleasure out of.

Track listing:

01. World Soundtrack Awards Fanfare - Elmer Bernstein
02. Red Sparrow Overture (From "Red Sparrow") - James Newton Howard
03. Main Title (From "Fear") - Carter Burwell
04. Soy Marco (From "Hable con ella") - Alberto Iglesias
05. The Homecoming (From "Cobb") - Elliot Goldenthal
06. Troy (Suite) (From "Troy") - Gabriel Yared
07. When at Last the Wind Lulled - Jóhann Jóhannsson; Rutger Hoedemaekers
08. The Face of Pan (From "Hook") - John Williams
09. Succession (Suite) (From "Succession") - Nicholas Britell
10. Monsoon Wedding (Suite) (From "Monsoon Wedding") - Mychael Danna
11. The Imitation Game (Suite) (From "The Imitation Game") - Alexandre Desplat
12. Never Forget (From "Murder on the Orient Express") - Patrick Doyle
13. Star Trek, Into Darkness, and Beyond (Suite) (From "Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond") - Michael Giacchino
14. The Voice of Love (From "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me") - Angelo Badalamenti
15. Tribute to the Film Composer - Arr. John Williams


Darren Rea

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