POP: (Video) Paolo Buonvino & Skin – Renaissance (Soundtrack from ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’) (2016)

Paolo Buonvino (born 1970) is an Italian composer, conductor and music arranger. Born in Scordia, Catania, Buonvino graduated in piano at the Conservatory Francesco Cilea in Reggio Calabria, then he started his career as a musical assistant of Franco Battiato. From late 1990s, he began to compose film scores and in 1999 he won the Cam/Rota Prize. In 2008 he won a David di Donatello for best score and a Nastro d’Argento in the same category for the film Quiet Chaos. In 2009 he won a second Nastro d’Argento for the score of the film Italians. He also collaborated with singers Dolores O’Riordan, Carmen Consoli, Elisa, Negramaro, Jovanotti and others. His most recent work is a feature of a collaboration with Skin in the opening theme of Medici: Masters of Florence on Netflix. (Wikipedia)

Medici: Masters of Florence (S1) – Trailer

Medici: Masters of Florence (S2) – Trailer

POP: (Video) Céline Dion – Ashes (Deadpool 2 – Soundtrack) (2018)

Deadpool 2 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and Stefan Kapičić. In Deadpool 2, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable. (Wikipedia)

Official Trailer of ‘Deadpool 2’:

Instrumental: (Video) Jóhann Jóhannsson – A Song For Europa (2016)

“A Song for Europa’ is one of the key tracks from Jóhann Jóhannsson’s release ‘Orphée’ on Deutsche Grammophon.

“Orphée” shows the full range of the Icelandic composer’s remarkable invention and uncanny feeling for atmosphere. The music of the entire album is tied together structurally by recurring harmonic and melodic elements, yet each track sounds fresh, evocative and unique.

Typically for Johann, the work is a beautifully atmospheric composition, one that immerses the listener into the strange recordings of the ‘Numbers Stations’: a category of shortwave radio station broadcasts characterized by readings of number lists, letters and coded messages from a forgotten era.

An air of espionage and shadowy cold war communication pervades the work, but the exact clarification remains as unknown as the station owners, and though most of these broadcasts went silent after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some can still be heard beaming their mysterious signals into the ether. It is to these lost, lonely voices that Jóhann has turned, capturing the enigmatic transmission of encoded information to persons elsewhere, and reflecting them back within a new context.

In response, AKA director Gergely Wootsch has created a considered and thoughtful animated film, which crosses literal boundaries and thresholds as it drifts along a desolate cold war landscape, following the haunting voice as it searches for a listener. (Youtube Description)


Instrumental: (Video) Jóhann Jóhannsson – Flight From The City (2016)

Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (19 September 1969 – 9 February 2018) was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.

Jóhann released solo albums from 2002 onward. In 2016, he signed with Deutsche Grammophon through which he released his last solo album, Orphée. Some of his works in film include the original scores for Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. Jóhann was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for both The Theory of Everything and Sicario, and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Theory of Everything. He was a music and sound consultant on Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky in 2017.

Below a video about what brought to life his last album ‘Orphée’:

Instrumental: (Video) Yanni – Truth Of Touch (Live @ El Morro) (2018)

It’s the world-renowned performer and composer’s 19th release over all and first of primarily instrumental music in eight years. With a true global release in over 40 countries, TRUTH OF TOUCH was borne not as an album with a game plan. (Yanni’s Official Website)

“I wasn’t even trying to make an album,” YANNI recalls. “I just felt like writing music. I happened to be at a point where I wasn’t stressed out about going on tour or having to deliver an album for anyone. It was just a six-month period where every night I walked into my studio and I had fun. It was effortless. I felt the music. It just showed itself to me. It was probably the best way to do an album.”

Epic Music: (Video) Tina Guo – The Rains of Castamere (Cello & Erhu Cover) (‘Game of Thrones’ Soundtrack) (2014)

The Rains of Castamere” is a song appearing in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels and in the television series adaptation Game of Thrones. The song’s lyrics were written by George R. R. Martin in the original novel, and the tune was composed by Ramin Djawadi in 2011, upon request from the series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The song appears multiple times throughout the books and show.

Tina’s version is played on Cello and the traditional Chinese Erhu.

erhu instrument chinesseThe erhu is one of the most important Chinese instruments, with a history of over 4,000 years. Though it has only two strings, it can convey a wide range of emotions.

While the erhu has been called the “Chinese violin,” it differs from the western instrument in many ways. First, it is played vertically, often resting on the musician’s lap. It has no fingerboard, so the player’s fingers must hold and vibrate the strings by pressing only against the strings themselves. The erhu bow is already fixed between the two strings, and the bow hair is either pushed forward or backward to catch a string (more here).

The Rains of Castamere immortalized the destruction of House Reyne by Tywin Lannister. House Reyne was obliterated after they rebelled against their liege lord, Tytos Lannister, who was perceived as weak by his own vassals. To restore Lannister dominance, Tytos’s son, Tywin, marched against the upstart Lord Reyne. By the end of the rebellion, Castamere had been put to the torch and all members of House Reyne executed. The title is thus a play on words, as the “rains” fall over the empty halls of the “Reynes” who have been killed to the last man (more here).

(Video) Hans Zimmer – Interstellar Suite (Live – The Danish National Symphony Orchestra) (2017)

On June 2017, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) hosted three orchestral concerts called Galaxymphony which included some of the soundtrack from various space and sci-fi movies. This is their version of some of the Interstellar soundtrack. The concert was hosted by Jakob Stegelmann and conducted by *Antony Hermus* (NOT Rory MacDonald – sorry for the mistake. This will be changed in upcoming videos!). The performance was orchestrated by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra with help from the ‘Camerata’ and ‘Hymnia’ choirs.

The original soundtrack of Interstellar was scored by Hans Zimmer. (Source: YouTube Video description)

Trailer of ‘Interstellar’ movie (2014):

(Audio) Armand Amar – La Terre vue du ciel (Soundtrack) (2004)

French of Moroccan origin (born in Jerusalem), Armand Amar spent his childhood in Morocco. Imbued with the sounds of instruments considered exotic at the time, the pull of that “world apart” exercised by extra-European music soon fascinated him. Autodidact, he was constantly searching for physical experiences in the early years of his musical apprenticeship, whereas in the following years his search became a commitment; he learned to play tablas, discovered the zarb and congas, and studied under various masters of traditional and classical music. More about Armand on his official website.

“La Terre vue du ciel” (Earth From Above) is a serie of 15 documentaries (plus a special Copenhaguen episode) of 90 minutes each, presented by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and dedicated to the major challenges faced by our planet, it was broadcast on France 2 and France 3, French national television. The show “Earth From Above” is 4 years of shooting for 4 seasons and a total of 15 episodes plus special Copenhague (“A night for the Earth“) (2006 – 2011). More about the show and videos of the episodes here.

Armand is also know for composing the soundtrack music for ‘HOME’ (by Yann Arthus-Bertrand), one of the most breathtaking visual documentaries ever made (you can find on Youtube videos in several languages FR / ES etc.):

(Video) Jane Zhang – Dance Diva (Soundtrack ‘The Fifth Element’) (Live) (2015)

Here you have a video where Jane trains herself for ‘Dance Dive’ song:

The song was originally sang by soprano Inva Mula, with the help of computer tuning for the pitch changes, which are too fast for a human voice:

The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science-fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, the film’s central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack.

(Video) Klaus Badelt – Pirates of the Caribbean (by Auckland Symphony Orchestra) (2012)

Music from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” soundtrack, performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne. From the concert “Organ Symphony” recorded November 2012 at the Auckland Town Hall.

(Video) 2CELLOS – Chariots of Fire (2017)

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 musical score by Greek electronic composer Vangelis (credited as Vangelis Papathanassiou) for the British film Chariots of Fire, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Original Music Score. (Wikipedia)

More about 2CELLOS here.

(Audio) Two Steps From Hell – Star Sky (2015) (+ ‘Battlecry Anthology’ audio playlist, 2017)

‘Battlecry Anthology’ audio playlist:

Vocal Performances by Merethe Soltvedt, Nick Phoenix & Felicia Farerre.

Cover Artwork by Steven R. Gilmore.