Howe Records will release two special soundtrack recordings featuring original music by three times Academy Award winner Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings, The Game). On September 16th his original score for Se7en will finally be released on CD – yes, the music from that Fincher movie you most probably love. On September 30th also his score for his recent film project Denial will be realeased on CD and digitally.

Se7en Complete Original Score includes newly commissioned liner notes

Containing over 60 minutes of original music by Howard Shore, the soundtrack release of Se7en, includes newly commissioned liner notes by film historian and author Peter Cowie: “When heard on its own, Shore’s score becomes even more intense and unnerving. It clasps the viewer in a deadly, serpentine embrace, forcing one to confront the malevolence of John Doe, the serial killer stalked by detectives Mills and Somerset. Brass, woodwind, strings and timpani weave an abiding spell that would serve as the perfect accompaniment to a screen version of Dante’s Inferno, drawing one down inexorably from one circle of Hell to the next.”

I can definitely share his excitement as Se7en has always been one of my favourite movies. After listening to the promo release several times already, I can say that it’s just fantastic to be able to close your eyes for an hour and delve into the dark world Fincher created once again. Starting out in its hauntingly beautiful way and followed by only a few lighter sequences, the score captures you in a way making you want to get out of it but you can’t because the music is just too disturbingly captivating.

You have to keep in mind though that licensed pieces like Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air from the brilliant library scene won’t be included on this Original Score release.

About ‘Denial’

Denial on the other hand just had its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. Based on the acclaimed book ‘Denial: Holocaust History on Trial’, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Denial will open in NY and LA on September 30, in select cities October 7 and 14, and opening nationwide October 21, 2016.


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SE7EN Track Listing:

  1. The Last Seven Days
  2. Gluttony
  3. Linoleum
  4. Somerset
  5. Greed
  6. Mrs. Mills
  7. Help Me
  8. Sloth
  9. Library
  10. John Doe
  11. Apartment #604
  12. Lust
  13. Pride
  14. The Wire
  15. Envy
  16. Wrath
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DENIAL Track Listing:

  1. Atlanta 1994
  2. Denial
  3. The Letter
  4. London 1998
  5. A Conspiracy of Good
  6. The Steps
  7. A Prayer
  8. Krakow Square
  9. All Rise
  10. Professor van Pelt
  11. A 1995 Pommard
  12. The Dishonest Waiter
  13. Judge Gray
  14. Looking at Prejudice
  15. A Return to London
  16. The Judgement
  17. In My Own Words
  18. Epilogue
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Composer Howard Shore’s background

Some things about Howard Shore you might not know yet, so here we go: Howard Shore has been performed in concert halls around the world by the most prestigious orchestras and is heard in cinemas across the globe. I don’t think I only speak for myself if I say that Howard Shore’s musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit has been one of the greates achievements in recent film music history. Rightly so, his work was awarded with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes.

In July 2016 Howard Shore was honored to receive the Locarno Film Festival’s Vision Award. He is an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and has also been recognized by Canada with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures honored Howard Shore with an award for Career Achievement for Music Composition, he received The Recording Academy Honors, the City of Vienna bestowed him with the Max Steiner Award and he has received numerous other awards for his career achievements.

Furthermore, did you know that Howard Shore was one of the creators of Saturday Night Live and served as musical director from 1975 till 1980? At the same time he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has since scored 15 of the director’s films, including The Fly, Crash and Naked Lunch. He was awarded Canadian Screen Awards for Maps to the Stars for score and Cosmopolis for both score and song. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were each honored with the Genie Award. Howard Shore is one of the most versatile composers out there, with a wide range of projects reaching from Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and Martin Scorsese’s HugoThe Departed, Gangs of New York and The Aviator to his earlier works on Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang from 2010, the song cycle A Palace Upon the Ruins featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (2014), Six Pieces (2014), a cello concerto Mythic Gardens (2012), and Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (2008). His opera, The Fly (2008), which premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera, recently completed a successful run in Germany at the Theatre Trier. His chamber music album “A Palace Upon the Ruins—Selected Works” will be released on November 4, 2016.

You can find out more about Howard Shore on his website. You can pre-order both scores via Amazon (Se7en, Denial).

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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