Max Payne [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since he emerged with his score for Scream in 1996, composer Marco Beltrami has specialized in contributing film music that is just a cut above the projects on which he works, most of which have been horror, science fiction, or action pictures. That has tended to get him more work and more prestigious assignments, culminating in his Academy Award nomination for 2007's 3:10 to Yuma, a big-budget Western remake with major stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale; the same year, he also did the long-awaited fourth installment in the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, a plum assignment. With Max Payne, Beltrami is back to high-profile science fiction, a film based on a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Since he emerged with his score for Scream in 1996, composer Marco Beltrami has specialized in contributing film music that is just a cut above the projects on which he works, most of which have been horror, science fiction, or action pictures. That has tended to get him more work and more prestigious assignments, culminating in his Academy Award nomination for 2007's 3:10 to Yuma, a big-budget Western remake with major stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale; the same year, he also did the long-awaited fourth installment in the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, a plum assignment. With Max Payne, Beltrami is back to high-profile science fiction, a film based on a video game and starring Mark Wahlberg. And typically he does more than just come up with a bunch of action cues. His assistant, Buck Sanders, who tends to handle synthesizer sounds, has been promoted to co-composer for the effort (another associate, Dennis Smith, is listed in small print on the last page of the CD booklet with the ambiguous credit "additional music"), and they seem to have split their duties on a score that is reminiscent of some of Hollywood heavyweight Hans Zimmer's efforts in that it combines a full orchestra with electronic elements, mostly restricted to percussion. The slow, ponderous beginning ("Max Attacks"), achieved with a detuned piano, introduces a series of compositions that are often slower, quieter, and more contemplative than might have been expected. Generally, even when accompanying the usual chases and battles on the screen, Beltrami and Sanders let the synthesized percussion gallop while the strings play at half the speed. Things do rev up in such cues as "Factoring Max" and "Vote for Dennis," which display the influence of both Richard Wagner and Metallica. And that's the idea, of course, a contemporary combination of familiar dramatic orchestral effects and the feel of heavy metal. Beltrami, a student of Jerry Goldsmith, knows both Hollywood traditions and the demands of the contemporary action genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924108024
  • Catalog Number: 1080
  • Sales rank: 118,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Max Attacks (3:52)
  2. 2 Investigation (3:30)
  3. 3 Payneful Piano (2:17)
  4. 4 Colvin Quivers (3:34)
  5. 5 Dethlab (2:33)
  6. 6 Storming The Office (1:55)
  7. 7 No Respects For You (2:37)
  8. 8 Lupino Spreads His Wings (1:51)
  9. 9 Max Returns Home (2:05)
  10. 10 Factoring Max (1:47)
  11. 11 Window Payne (3:33)
  12. 12 Dark Heaven (2:40)
  13. 13 Vote for Dennis (2:05)
  14. 14 BB's Maxim (2:48)
  15. 15 Max Marches On (2:26)
  16. 16 Heaven To The Max (1:48)
  17. 17 Topless Fanfare (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buck Sanders Primary Artist
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Wade Culbreath Percussion
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
John Kurlander Recorder
George Thatcher Trombone
Roger Wilkie Violin
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Peter Limonick Percussion
Rafael Rishik Violin
Pete Anthony Conductor
Nico Abondolo Bass
Darrin McCann Viola
Paul Klintworth Horn
Irina Voloshina Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Serena McKinney Violin
Robert Brophy Viola
Alex Iles Trombone
David Duke Horn
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Sarah Thornbladeirina Violin
Robert Sanders Trombone
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
Mark Banning Art Direction
Bill Boston Orchestration
John Kurlander Engineer, Engineering
Tom Steel Stage Manager
Dennis Smith Orchestration, Additional Music
Tim Lauber Engineering
Tom Cavanaugh Business Consultant
Pete Anthony Orchestration
Marco Beltrami Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
John J. Moore Liner Notes, Filmmaker
Michael V. Gerhard Producer
Buck Sanders Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Marcus Trumpp Orchestration
Dana Niu Orchestration
Francesco Perlangeli Stage Manager
Jamie Steele Digital Editing, Engineering
Rossano Galante Orchestration
Denis St. Amand Engineer
John Moore Filmmaker
MV Gerthard Audio Production
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