Craig Armstrong - Filmworks (1995-2005) / 5 Star reviewed Collection of classic film music from top Hollywood arranger
"Craig's original compositions evoke stories and are like soundtracks to films not made yet. You only need to hear a few bars of music and you know instantly it's a Craig Armstrong composition" Baz Luhrmann
Click here to watch the beautiful videos for Craig Armstrong's Theme From Orphans and Weather Storm, as well as full length tracks from Craig's new album Film Works (1995-2005)
There are no barriers in Craig Armstrong's world. He's done everything from collaborating with the biggest names in pop, including Madonna, Massive Attack and U2, recording three gorgeous solo albums, composing classical pieces and writing endless film scores.
The latter is the reason for the forthcoming "Film Works" album, released today (October the 24th).
It's the accompaniment to last year's sublime "Piano Works" and embodies many of Craig's finest moments, including arrangements from Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet", for which he won a Bafta and Ivor Novello, and "Moulin Rouge", for which he won a Golden Globe, Ivor Novello and American Institiute Award. He notched up a third Ivor Novello for his music for Philip Noyce's "The Quiet American". Also on the album are arrangements from his scores for "Ray", "Love Actually", "Plunkett and MacLeane", "Cruel Intentions" and "The Bone Collector".
The album closes with Craig's arrangement of the classic Clair de Lune for the recent high profile "Chanel No.5" ad starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Craig's long time cohort, Baz Luhrmann.
The orginal intention was to release the Filmworks album with an accompanying DVD of a short 30 minute version of the beautiful 'Piano Works' film that was shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Notting Hill Film Festival - but this will now be available as a digital download only.
The "Film Works" album is a truly stunning and remarkable body of work, which only serves to accentuate what a talented composer Craig Armstrong is.
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He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.