By vincent lawremne
This is special. Listen late at night, alone, lights dimmed, a glass of expensive wine at the ready. Hear something, somehow, you’ve always deeply felt. Then, music flowing, remember remembrance.
Simply marvelous. Lush harmonies. Soaring in places, delicate in others. Bravo Mr. Horner!
Exactly what you’d expect from Horner…but still good!
I’ve been listening to James Horner since I was 12 and while most of his themes are pretty much a variation of his Star Trek, Glory and Braveheart scores, he almost always writes music that soars. Pas de Deux is no different. All his recognizable motifs are in this piece but it still gives me chills and causes me to pick up the pace with what I’m doing. Plenty of other “respected” composers on both the classical and film score end of the symphonic spectrum don’t even rate that. If you like James Horner’s lush, sweeping style, this music is for you.
I hope Horner writes more concert music-he's one of those composers whose concert style is the same as his film style. This will attract scorn from the classical conservatives, but for his fans it's bliss.
The concerto is a bit all over the place and the solo writing isn't very concertante. One could make the argument that his film music is of exactly the same quality as this concert effort. I think that's a good thing. In general there are bits of his other pieces to be found in this piece, but perhaps its closest relative is the wonderful score he wrote for Iris. Very happy about this release...not revolutionary, but beautiful and a promising "debut effort." I hope he writes more after the early traumatic concert experiences early in his life.