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Soaring aural treat for James Horner fans! CD premiere of his magnificent, compelling score for superb Brian J. Terwilliger film chronicling impact of aviation on the modern world offers one majestic musical highlight after another! National Geographic Studios presents documentary in stunning IMAX format with dynamic narration by Harrison Ford. Lensed across all 7 continents with footage shot in 18 countries, Terwilliger approaches story not from viewpoint of expected aviation warfare and conflict but from awe-inspiring look at the profound legacy airplane travel offers in the vast footprint of human life on earth. Meaty subject matter for composer Horner to tackle! Terwilliger, an accomplished pilot - in liner notes of his own authorship - notes his choice for composer was born out of his passion for Horner’s film music and his meeting with the composer at a 2008 airshow, which begat a friendship leading to Horner creating music for the film. In fact, the premiere of Terwilliger’s tribute to commercial flight was given at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in April 2015, just two months before Horner’s tragic death in a solo airplane crash he himself was piloting in June of that year. One of the very last projects he completed, Horner embellished Living In The Age Of Airplanes with 50 minutes of rich melody infused with major-key harmonies throughout. Ideas literally aim for the skies with passioned, inspired architecture, anchored by an uplifting choral line that plays at key moments. Highlights are numerous and surging climaxes abound! Deserving the spotlight: “History Of Transportation”. Here, in just 3 minutes, Horner matches the montage visuals of the locomotive engine under construction and, as the wheels pump, Horner responds with his own propulsive rhythmic motif, now in minor with French horns, then trumpets surging forward. As the powerful images meld into those of an airplane at takeoff, Horner responds with his own resplendent climax in the major. Masterful! Another spotlight goes to “Nearly Perfected”, where Horner builds upon variants of his primary choral motif, now in full orchestra. Yet another spotlight shines on “Exponential Progress”, with Horner scoring one of Terwilliger’s most fascinating montages with a new motif of alternating major-minor chords that comes to a quasi-heavenly climax with spectacular aerial shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, solo female voice and trumpet to the fore. Terwilliger’s impeccably shot and presented film is also available on Blu-ray from National Geographic. Gripping visuals, stunning audio, inspired music! James Horner composes, Simon Franglen produces, Simon Rhodes engineers, Jim Henrikson and Dick Bernstein edit, Allan Wilson conducts, the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra performs. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remains! -INTRADA
1. Opening Sequence (2:01)
2. The World Before the Airplane (2:23)
3. 200,000-Year Timeline (2:31)
4. History of Transportation (2:52)
5. Nearly Perfected (3:11)
6. Portal to the Planet (1:20)
7. Migration Vacation (3:00)
8. Ancient Civilizations (2:48)
9. Maldives (2:55)
10. Antarctica (3:25)
11. Flowers (3:01)
12. Exponential Progress (4:21)
13. Perspective (2:58)
14. The Golden Age Is Now (3:09)
15. Home (2:03)
16. End Credits (1:25)
17. The Golden Age Is Now (Remix) (3:06)
18. End Credits (Remix) (3:27)
Total Disc Time: 49:57