Tribute Film Classics, La-La Land Records receive IFMCA Awards

Representatives of the outstanding film music record labels Tribute Film Classics and La-La Land Records have been presented with International Film Music Critics Association Awards.

Conductor/producer William Stromberg accepted the award for Best Archival Re-Recording of an Existing Score from IFMCA members Jon Broxton and Daniel Schweiger on behalf of fellow producers John Morgan and Anna Bonn, liner note writers Jim Doherty and Kevin Scott, and album art director Jim Titus, for their stellar work on re-recording two classic Bernard Herrmann scores, The Battle of Neretva from 1969 and The Naked and the Dead from 1958. Recorded with a full symphony orchestra in Moscow, conducted by Stromberg, the recording breathes new life into a long-overlooked score by one of Hollywood’s all-time great composers, which was chopped and moved around in the film itself, and which is being heard for the first time in its entirety here.

This is the first win in five nominations for the Tribute Film Classics team, them having been previously nominated in this category twice in 2008 for their outstanding releases of Herrmann’s The Kentuckian and Max Steiner’s She, and twice again in 2009 for their work re-recording Max Steiner’s The Charge of the Light Brigade and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s The Prince and the Pauper.

The other nominees in the re-recording category were Basil Poledouris’s Conan the Destroyer from Prometheus Records, Dimitri Tiomkin’s The Fall of the Roman Empire from Prometheus Records, Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony from Howe Records, and Franz Waxman’s Taras Bulba from Tadlow Music.

Later, La-La Land Records producers MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys accepted the award for Film Music Record Label of the Year from six IFMCA members in attendance at the third annual Fans of Film Music event in Los Angeles: Jon Broxton, Oscar Flores, Randall Larson, Craig Lysy, Daniel Schweiger and Steve Vertlieb.

Since releasing their first albums in 2002, Burbank, California-based La-La Land Records has become one of the most respected and acclaimed film music record labels in the world. Having already released over 200 titles over the last decade, 2011 was a banner year for the label, in which they released expanded and re-mastered versions of acclaimed scores such as Danny Elfman’s Batman Returns, John Williams’s Home Alone, John Barry’s The Golden Child, Michael Kamen’s Die Hard, a 6-CD set of Harry Manfredini’s Friday the 13th scores, a 4-CD set of Mark Snow’s music for The X-Files TV series, an 8-CD box set of music from the Medal of Honor video game series, and several long-awaited Jerry Goldsmith scores, including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, First Knight and Forever Young.

This is La-La Land’s second straight win in this category from 8 previous nominations, and their special release albums have accumulated a total of 5 nominations since 2007. The other nominees in the record label category were Film Score Monthly, Intrada, Moviescore Media and Varèse Sarabande.

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