Combining works by Debussy and Poulenc on an album may, to some, seem a bit ironic seeing as at one point, the latter railed against the music of the former. Poulenc was later to change his tune, though, and eventually became one of Debussy's most ardent admirers. The two were greatly responsible for a new direction in French music, which, ironically, required both of them to look to composers of the past for inspiration.
Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) tapped award-winning French film composer Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Philomena, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) to provide the score for his 2014 reboot of Godzilla, the world's most famous Kaiju, and Desplat delivers with an efficient, melodic, and undeniably bombastic brass- and percussion-heavy blast of summer blockbuster-appropriate clamor that capably juggles both emotion and destruction, while managing to hold its own against the big lizard's iconic, air-raid siren of a roar.
“The Shape of Water” is a 2017 American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Alexandre Desplat wrote the score.
Alexandre Desplat is reteaming with George Clooney on the upcoming crime comedy Suburbicon. The film directed by Clooney and stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe and Glenn Fleshler. The movie centers on a father who hatches a plan to kill his wife in order to be with the woman’s sister, with whom he’s having an affair. Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo) wrote the screenplay. Clooney is also producing the project with Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon), Grant Heslov (Argo, August: Osage County) and Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, Gold). Desplat has previously collaborated with Clooney on his last two directorial efforts, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men. Suburbicon is currently in post-production and is expected to be released later this year by Paramount Pictures.
Faustina Bordoni was one half of Handel’s so-called ‘Rival Queens’ for just under three seasons (172628), and in 1730 she married Hasse in Venice – so Vivica Genaux’s recital of arias for Faustina by Handel and Hasse is such an obviously sensible idea that it’s amazing it hasn’t been done before. Quantz praised Faustina’s immaculate articulation and excellent trills – and Genaux lives up to that vocal artistry brilliantly with the copious trills and arching melodic phrases in the long but lovely ‘Piange quel fonte’ from Hasse’s Numa Pompilio.