Next week hopefully offers Thanksgiving food and family gatherings for everyone and, for certain, Mark McKenzie’s highly personal (and HMMA-Nominated) score for Universal’s new Prancer: A Christmas Tale for his fans to enjoy listening to. Gorgeous it is. And following on its heels - after an eternity of red tape and treading water - we can finally bring you Basil Poledouris’s beloved and oft-requested Conan the Destroyer soundtrack, from the actual film’s three-channel session masters, expanded for the first time ever. Yes, this is the original soundtrack with its unequaled vibrant performance and recording. Complicated licensing issues resulted in Basil’s original (and brief) 1984 MCA album program appearing on a second disc. Basil completed the score for the June 1984 release of the movie, jumped right into scoring Red Dawn and guided us into licensing our first release - that very score for Red Dawn, launching the Intrada label. We discussed his two Conan scores at length way back when and happily have not only his 1984 sequel score available but also in our catalog the entire original 1982 Conan The Barbarian score on a 3-CD set, featuring his lengthy magnum opus plus a plethora of alternate cues he recorded as well. Conan may look to Crom for his eternal rest, but look to Intrada for his music!
In contrast with the excitement of the Destroyer music is a release of newly-recorded premieres featuring delightful original piano pieces written by Dimitri Tiomkin for concert and stage performance, played to perfection by Lynda Cochrane, virtuoso pianist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Lynda has worked with us on our previous RSNO releases as well as having played for composers like Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and numerous others. It’s all great music for you to consider adding to your ever-growing library!
I’m excited to announce that with Bruce Botnick’s terrific help, we were able to obtain not only every one of Jerry Goldsmith’s cues scored for Hollow Man, but also the unusually large number of pickups and inserts later recorded to alter the initial “print” takes. These were not just alternates per se but were newly revised (or “rescored”) bars designed to accommodate post-production changes in the final editorial phase of the picture. As such, these new bars would sometimes completely change endings or beginnings, other times they would just subtly affect the orchestral colors or lengths of a cue after being assembled onto (or inserted within) the full takes being altered. When completely laid out, Hollow Man is quite possibly Goldsmith’s single longest film score ever. That it is attached to the sci-fi action genre, one that particularly delights his fans, then owning it all is indeed a treat!
Adding further to the thrills, our gifted art director, Joe Sikoryak, has just launched our second “soundtrack trailer”, enticing prospective parties intrigued by our latest release to nab a quick 40-second preview of the album, with brief glimpses of the action-packed movie set to a snippet from the score. Our previous soundtrack trailer for Lifeforce garnered us some attention… hopefully this new one for Hollow Man will grab you as well!
The 2-CD set, world premiering a boatload of previously unreleased music, all courtesy of Sony, is now available from Intrada!
We invite you to take advantage of the nice sale prices attached to a number of our releases, specially discounted from now through October 2, 2022. We don’t run sales like this often. Hopefully you will find some titles of interest, priced to own.
As happens from time to time, we are in a holding pattern on final packaging approvals for several new releases all ready for manufacturing… with some really cool ones in the bunch, too! We’re also amidst some major new upgrades and additions to the Intrada studio while we wait, with quite a few new curves to learn. Fun!
William Stromberg and Anna Bonn are finalizing the complete scores and parts for the two upcoming Bernard Herrmann recordings we are readying. The Man Who Knew Too Much and On Dangerous Ground are the two masterpieces on the docket. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is again our performing group of choice. Setting the actual session dates has taken a bit longer than what we have encountered in the past for a couple of reasons, one being the growing popularity of the musicians and their magnificent hall. We like to think Intrada has been a factor in their increased profile, even if just in a minuscule way. The other reason is our musician requirements are significantly larger than our previous sessions, with the addition of a larger brass section than we typically utilize. Six trombones, six trumpets, eight French horns, two tubas… and a sizable string and percussion section to balance with all those horn players… as well as a key soloist on the viola d’amore parts for On Dangerous Ground. We're even planning on recording Nathan Van Cleave's fabulous VistaVision logo that appears in front of The Man Who Knew Too Much and so many other Paramount films from the era. Yep. It’s all going to be impressive for sure.
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