John Powell Announces “Choral Works” Album

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Composer John Powell recently revealed that an album featuring choral works he has been writing over the past few years is currently in the works and set to be released by the end of the year.

Check out the last movement (“The Gift”) of his first-ever oratorio, which premiered last year in London, “A Prussian Requiem” – which the audience labelled  as one of the most emotional pieces of music Powell has ever written – after the jump. Continue reading

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GREAT MOMENTS OF FILM SCORING #4: How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 – John Powell

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Sometimes, life can be quite difficult – at least, if you’re the guy who literally goes CRAZY about film soundtracks while everyone else (your friends!) prefers listening to pop and rock songs. 😉
But whenever people ask me if I could recommend something that would also please the ears of non-film-score-enthusiasts, I’m exactly sure what to say: “How To Train Your Dragon 1&2”, written by the amazing John Powell (seriously, I can’t get over the fact that he didn’t win his well-deserved Academy Award for this one…).
Powell is an absolute expert when it comes to animation: Numerous times, he’s proven that he’s more than capable of writing great scores for this kind of genre, including “Ice Age”, “Rio” and “Kung Fu Panda”.
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