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Why David Arkenstone isn't a top line film composer is a mystery. His music has a cinematic orchestral sweep that seems destined for Hollywood epics. Yet, except for some small films, the silver screen has eluded Arkenston... more »
Why David Arkenstone isn't a top line film composer is a mystery. His music has a cinematic orchestral sweep that seems destined for Hollywood epics. Yet, except for some small films, the silver screen has eluded Arkenstone, so he works out his cinematic ambitions on his albums. A gifted multi-instrumentalist with a wide orbit of influences, Arkenstone has a fondness for the grandiose statement and the sentimental mood. They are present in abundance on Atlantis, his paean to the mythical lost continent. His touchstones range from Coplandesque exuberance to Cecil B. DeMille biblical epics, complete with faux Middle Eastern melodies and rhythms. There are some nice touches, including some Adiemus-like chorales courtesy of Adiemus singer, Miriam Stockley. But Arkenstone's romantic arrangements swamp his compositions like the Red Sea closing on the Egyptians. Most Hollywood soundtracks are full of tried and true emotional strategies. Arkenstone utilizes them all on Atlantis--the only problem is, he doesn't have a film. --John Diliberto
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Soundtrack begging for a movie!
Snappy Cat | 02/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although each composition on the CD could stand on its own, "Atlantis" truly is a complete soundtrack. What makes it even more incredible is that it's a soundtrack without a movie! Just close your eyes and open your imagination, and one hour later you have experienced something akin to watching "Titanic" for the first time, only YOU get to be the director/producer/etc. What a joy for the imagination in this time of cookie-cutter video games, movie sequels and prequels, and tired-out TV dramas!
This was the first David Arkenstone CD I ever owned, and is still my absolute favorite of all (I now have 44 of his CD's). I would ABSOLUTELY match this CD with any soundtrack John Williams ever put out. I'd love to see David reach the acclaim level his talent deserves, and Oscar-winning soundtracks do just that. Check out his soundtrack to the TV miniseries "Frontier", and look for him as a member of the group Ah Nee Mah for Southwestern/Native-American themed music.
If you would like a listing of all of his CD's, check out his website (just google/yahoo/etc. his name). Also consider checking out music from Diane Arkenstone (his wife), Nicholas Gunn, David Lanz, and John Huling if you like this type of sound."