Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Best Original Music For Film: The Oscars Channel On Piano Radio

February 27th marks the 83rd year of the annual Academy Awards! Yamaha Online Services is celebrating the best nominees and award winners with the Oscars Channel on Piano Radio. Drawing from numerous genres of film and music, the Oscars Channel offers a diverse selection of the very best work from Oscar nominated composers! Like all Piano Radio stations, the Oscars Channel is available 24/7 through the end of February!

Listen to the sample clips below to get an idea of what you can expect to hear on the new Oscars Channel:

"All That Jazz" from the hit musical and 2002 Oscar Winner for Best Picture Chicago

"Theme From Forest Gump" from the PianoSoft Solo Collection "Let's Go To The Movies"

"If I Only Had A Brain" from Jason Nyberg's "Selections from the Wizard Of OZ" PianoSoft Plus collection.

Check out the nominees for Best Original Score this year:

*John Powell for "How To Train Your Dragon"
*Hans Zimmer for "Inception"
*Alexandre Desplat for "The King's Speech"
*A.R. Rahman for "127 Hours"
*Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for "The Social Network"

And the nominees for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture are:

*"Coming Home" from the film "Country Strong"
Music and Lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges, and Hillary Lindsey.
*"I See The Light" from the film "Tangled"
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater.
*"If I Rise" from the film "127 Hours"
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong.
*"We Belong Together" from the film Music and lyrics by Randy Newman.

We could not talk about the Academy Awards this year without paying tribute to one of the greatest film score composers of all time. Best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks, the late John Barry's career spanned nearly 50 years. In that time, he received numerous awards and accolades, including 5 Academy Awards for the films "Born Free", "The Lion In Winter", "Out of Africa", and "Dances With Wolves". Below is a clip of Barry conducting the music for Goldfinger and the James Bond Theme in 2001.

You can celebrate John Barry's brilliant carreer at home with your Disklavier, Clavinova, or Keyboard.

"Somewhere In Time" - The Best of John Barry

Features 8 diverse movie themes scored by John Barry: Born Free • Body Heat • The John Dunbar Theme (from Dances with Wolves) • The Music of Goodbye (from Out of Africa) • Midnight Cowboy • All Time High (from Octopussy) •and more.

"Midnight Cowboy" - Fabulous Film Songs

A collection of John Barry classics including "Somewhere In Time", "Thunderball", "Born Free", "Body Heat", "Diamonds Are Forever", "You Only Live Twice" and more!

Enjoy the show!