Label: Atlantic - L781248-1 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Spain • Genre: Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack
In the sword-and-sorcery genre was still very much at the height of its powers, with successful films like Dragonslayer, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja and Krull having been released to popular acclaim during the preceding few years. The twist of the story comes due to the fact that, despite being in love, they can never truly be together until a curse is lifted — by day, Isabeau assumes the form of a hawk, while Etienne is human; at night, Etienne becomes a wolf, while Isabeau returns to her human form.
With the help of a wisecracking thief named Philippe and a kindly priest, Etienne and Isabeau resolve to try to break the curse so they can finally be together. The score for Ladyhawke remains controversial to this day. It was written by British composer and conductor Andrew Powell and produced by Alan Parsons, the legendary prog-rock producer who worked extensively with bands like Pink Floyd and The Hollies, and whose own band — The Alan Parsons Project — was successful in its own right, most notably with the album Eye in the Sky.
Director Donner has stated on numerous occasions that he was listening to music by The Alan Parsons Project while he was scouting for shooting locations in Italy, and became unable to separate his visual ideas from the music, leading him to hire Powell and Parsons to score the film when the time came. The combination of traditional orchestral music with No Second Chance - Blackmores Night - Shadow Of The Moon - Behind The Music (VHS, Album) chants and prog-rock proved to be divisive amongst fans and critics, many of whom labeled it as being anachronistic.
They somehow manage to date the film, sound inappropriate in terms of the time period and location in which the film is set, and convey all the wrong emotions to the audience, all at the same time.
The entire concept of the score is a complete mess, and Tavern Fight (Phillipe) - Andrew Powell & The Philharmonia Orchestra* - LadyHalcón will happily go on record to state that, as Kon-Tiki - The Shadows - Collection in the Tavern Fight (Phillipe) - Andrew Powell & The Philharmonia Orchestra* - LadyHalcónLadyhawke could come close to being one of the worst and most poorly-judged scores in history.
However, on CD, things are slightly different. Andrew Powell was a classically trained musician who studied with Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, and had a fair amount of experience working in film; prior to him being hired to work on Ladyhawke, he worked as an assistant to composer Stanley Myers a position which would be later taken by Hans Zimmer.
To be fair, as pure music, divorced from the film, the score does have several redeeming factors. Much of it sounds more like music from a s cop show scored by Mike Post, and that is where it fails.
A lavish 2-CD set, produced by Ford Thaxton, Mark Banning and James Nelson for La-La Land Records was released in earlyand features extensive liner notes by writer Tim Grieving, and more than an hour of additional music, bonus tracks and alternate cues, although to me none of them stood out as being especially essential.
Music composed and conducted by Andrew Powell. Performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra. Orchestrations by Andrew Powell. Edited by Donald Harris. Score produced by Alan Parsons. Album produced by Ford A. Thaxton, Mark Banning and James Nelson.
I would love to buy the Score for symphony performance……………. Paul Ruffolo…. Soundtrack is great but where can I get the sheet music? I have a very talented son who would love piano and flute music for this.
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