Battlestar Galactica: Season Four [Syfy Channel Series]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second television series to be called Battlestar Galactica ran on the Sci Fi (later renamed Syfy) Channel between 2004 and 2009, meaning that it was on the air significantly longer than the first series, which ran from 1978 to 1980. Throughout its tenure, composer Bear McCreary provided background music, and his efforts on behalf of the first three seasons have been captured on previous soundtrack albums by La-La Land Records. This final two-CD collection is drawn from the fourth season and the concluding mini-season (referred to in a press release as season 4.5), which was dubbed "Daybreak," with one disc devoted to each. Partly out of necessity, McCreary recast ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second television series to be called Battlestar Galactica ran on the Sci Fi (later renamed Syfy) Channel between 2004 and 2009, meaning that it was on the air significantly longer than the first series, which ran from 1978 to 1980. Throughout its tenure, composer Bear McCreary provided background music, and his efforts on behalf of the first three seasons have been captured on previous soundtrack albums by La-La Land Records. This final two-CD collection is drawn from the fourth season and the concluding mini-season (referred to in a press release as season 4.5), which was dubbed "Daybreak," with one disc devoted to each. Partly out of necessity, McCreary recast conventional notions of what constituted space music in his early work for the series. He didn't have the budget for an orchestra, so he decided that in his musical interpretation of the space-traveling future, the music would be a mixture of existing world music, much of it played on ethnic instruments. Also, he was especially fond of Japanese taiko drums, and his music proved percussion-heavy. By the third season, there seemed to be more money for the music, and McCreary began to mix in more familiar string orchestrations. That trend continues here, as the usual army of Hollywood violin, viola, and cello players makes itself felt in big orchestral cues. But McCreary has not given up on his ethnic favorites, especially on the first disc. Uilleann pipes give a Celtic sound to "Farewell Apollo," for example, with an Irish whistle producing a similar effect on "Grand Old Lady." "Cally Descends" and "Boomer Takes Hera" both draw on Indian music. For the "Daybreak" episodes, McCreary relies much more heavily on the strings, but they have to make room for his pounding drums. He does not use drums just to keep the beat or provide accents. If anything, the drums are the dominant musical element in his music. Any orchestra considering an evening of McCreary music in the future should be warned: expect to pay the timpani section extra, and have substitutes ready, just in case.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924110027
  • Catalog Number: 1100
  • Sales rank: 24,165

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bear McCreary Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Harmonium
Osamu Kitajima Biwa
Walt Harrah Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John Avila Bass, Electric Bass
Steve Bartek Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Darius Campo Violin
Paul Cartwright Violin, Electric Violin
Tim Emmons Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Stephen Erdody Violin, Cello
Christine Ermacoff Violin, Cello
Pedro Eustache Woodwind, Wind Instruments
Julie Gigante Violin, Concert Master
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Maurice Grants Cello
Melissa "Missy" Hasin Cello
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Ira Ingber Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dennis Karmazyn Violin, Cello
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Victor Lawrence Violin, Cello
Helen Nightengale Violin
Bruce Otto Trombone
Bobbi Page Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Bart Samolis Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
David Stenske Viola
Josefina Vergara Violin
Greg Walsh shamisen
John Wittenberg Violin
Eric Rigler Woodwind, Wind Instruments, uillean pipes, Irish Whistle
Susan Chatman Violin
Sarah O'Brien Violin, Cello
Andrew Shulman Violin, Cello
Cameron Stone Violin, Cello
Julie Rogers Violin
Lisa Sutton Violin
Bob Joyce Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Norm Hughes Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Peggy Baldwin Violin, Cello
John Krovoza Violin, Cello
Norman Ludwin Double Bass
Rudy Stein Violin, Cello
Miriam Mayer Viola
Chris Bleth Woodwind, Bansuri, Wind Instruments, Duduk
Shawn Mann Viola
Nate Wood Drums
Sara Parkins Violin
Mike Geiger Choir, Chorus
Antony Cooke Violin, Cello
David Washburn Trumpet
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Elizabeth Wright Violin, Cello
Michael Valerio Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Thomas Dienner Viola
Cameron Patrick Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Benedikt Brydern Violin
Lisa M. Sutton Violin
Robert Anderson Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Marina Manukian Violin
Lorenz Gamma Violin
Cindy Bourquin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Andrew Duckles Viola
Songa Lee Violin
Henry Gronnier Violin
Robert Anderson Violin
Tom Lea Viola
Jen Kuhn Cello
Belinda Broughton Violin
Marda Todd Viola
Sharon Jackson Violin
Briana Bandy Viola
Rudolph Stein Cello
Charlie Morialias Trombone
Alessandro Juliani Vocals
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Faith Rivera Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Gerald White Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Lichtenhauer Choir, Chorus
Joel Pargman Violin
Carolyn Osborne Violin
Serena McKinney Violin
Paula J. Fehrenbach Cello
Anna Stafford Violin
Searmi Park Violin
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Martin J. St. Pierre Erhu
Robert Brophy Viola
Justin Hageman French Horn
Felice Hernandez Choir, Chorus
Raya Yarbrough Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Neil Samples Violin
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Brandon Roberts Acoustic Guitar
Jacob Szekely Violin, Cello
Bruce Carver Percussion
Kandyse McClure Vocals
Aaron A. Roethe Choir, Chorus
Paula Frernbach Cello
Nina Evthuhov Violin
Laura Griffiths French Horn
Tom "Dirty Brahms" Lea Viola
Martin St. Pierre Erhu
Jennifer Lee Kuhn Cello
Marium Mayer Viola
Thomas Diener Viola
Raya Yrbrough Vocals
Sara O'Brian Cello
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Lichtenauer Vocals
Dennis Karmazan Cello
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Violin, Cello
Michael Geiger Vocals
Phillip Levy Violin
Kandyse McClure Vocals
Chris Ermacoff Cello
Charlie Morallis Trombone
Alessandro Juliani Vocals
Gena Kronstadt Violin
Paula Fehrenbach Violin, Cello
Jennifer Kuhn Violin, Cello
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Elizabeth A. Wright Cello
Sarah Parkins Violin
Jennifer Lee Kuhn Cello
Aaron Roethe Vocals
Kandyse McClure Vocals
Charlie Morallis Trombone
Felice Hernandez Vocals
Vladimir Polimaditi Violin
Robert Broph Viola
Erika Walczak Violin
Norm Ludwin Contrabass (Vocal)
Christa Gates Vocals
Brandon Roberts Acoustic Guitar
Carolyn Osborne Violin
Robert Anderson Violin
Alessandro Juliani Vocals
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Kevin Connolly Violin
Giovanna Clayton Violin, Cello
Technical Credits
Mark Banning Art Direction
Glen Larson Composer
Mark Sheppard Liner Notes
Eric Rigler Whistle
Michael Beach Scoring Assistant
Steve Kaplan Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Score Producer, Audio Production
Ford A. Thaxton Producer, Audio Production
Edward James Olmos Liner Notes
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Michael Baber Liner Notes
Glen A. Larson Composer
Michael V. Gerhard Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Matt Verboys Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Jeremy Levy Orchestration
Richard Hatch Liner Notes
Stu Phillips Composer, Liner Notes
Alessandro Juliani Liner Notes
Bear McCreary Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Score Producer, Audio Production, Text
Brendan McCreary Scoring Assistant
Brandon Roberts Orchestration
Jamie Bamber Liner Notes
James Callis Liner Notes
Daniel Colman Liner Notes, Sound Design
Michael Hogan Liner Notes
Kandyse McClure Liner Notes
Michael Nankin Liner Notes
Jonathan Ortega Scoring Assistant
Grace Park Liner Notes
Tahmoh Penikett Liner Notes
Amanda Pettit Scoring Assistant
Aaron A. Roethe Scoring Coordinator
Michael Rymer Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Katee Sackhoff Liner Notes
Rekha Sharma Liner Notes
David Weddle Writer, Liner Notes
David Weddle Writer, Liner Notes
Bradley Thompson Writer, Liner Notes
Michael Hogan Liner Notes
Theo Mack Engineer, Engineering
Michael Angeli Text
Michael Rymer Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Aaron A. Roethe Scoring Coordinator
John W. Snyder Scoring Assistant
Daniel Colman Liner Notes, Sound Design
Kandyse McClure Liner Notes
Jamie Bamber Liner Notes
Alessandro Juliani Liner Notes
Amanda Petit Scoring Assistant
James Callis Liner Notes
Katee Sackhoff Liner Notes
Ron D. Moore Writer, Liner Notes
Paul M. Leonard Producer, Liner Notes
Tahmoh Penikett Liner Notes
Richard Hutchins Liner Notes
Michael Trucco Liner Notes
Michael Rymer Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Hogan Liner Notes
Mary McDonnell Liner Notes
Katee Sackhoff Liner Notes
Jamie Bamber Liner Notes
James Callis Liner Notes
David Weddle Liner Notes
Daniel Colman Liner Notes
Bradley Thompson Liner Notes
Aaron Douglas Liner Notes
Kandyse McClure Liner Notes
Michael Angeli Composer
Ron Moore Liner Notes
Alessandro Juliani Liner Notes
Paul Leonard Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Sheppard Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Battlestar Galactica Season 4

    Gorgeous soundtrack. The two discs are terrific.

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