Following critical acclaim for ‘The Theory Of Everything – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’, praise for Jóhann Jóhannsson’s work continues with a Golden Globe win for Best Original Score, plus Academy Award (Oscar), BAFTA Award, and Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for his score to the Best Picture Oscar nominated film.
“I’m deeply honored to be nominated for composing this score. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and I was lucky to work with artists of amazing calibre on The Theory Of Everything: the actors, the screenwriter, and the director, James Marsh – who has my gratitude for inviting me to be a part of his team, and for being a brilliant, inspiring, and generous collaborator.” – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s intricate score infuses Best Picture Oscar nominee The Theory Of Everything, which stars Academy Award nominees Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. The Theory of Everything: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is available now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Back Lot Music.
Stream the Soundtrack here
Watch ‘The Theory Of Everything’ trailer on YouTube
We are excited to announce the first performance of The Miners’ Hymns with a full orchestra will take place during Iceland Airwaves Festival in November. The work, a first time collaboration by renowned American filmmaker Bill Morrison and acclaimed Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, is an homage in film and music to the coal mining history of North East England.
Using rarely seen archive film footage spanning 100 years, it depicts the ill-fated mining communities, the increasing mechanization of the pits and the extraordinary annual Durham Miners’ Gala. The soundtrack draws on the brass music heritage of the northeast of England, a tradition stretching back almost 200 years and still very much alive today.
Jóhann Jóhannsson has created a brand new orchestration of the piece especially for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Guðni Franzson.
“A lost industrial past stirs in an unforgettable live concert performance of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score with Bill Morrison’s film.” ★★★★★ - Fiona Maddocks, Observer
“Elegant, elegiac… enthralling.” — The New York Times
Jóhann has composed the score for the Working Title/Focus Features film The Theory of Everything about the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is directed by James Marsh – known for his documentary films such as the Oscar-winning Man On Wire – and features stars Eddie Redmayne of Les Miserables and Felicity Jones of Amazing Spider Man 2. The film will be released in the USA this November and the rest of the world in December. The score album will be released this autumn through BackLot Records. The world premiere of The Theory of Everything was at Toronto International Film Festival last week. Here are some of the press reactions to the score:
“The film’s score is so beautifully written it left many around me in tears at the extra emotion it brought.” – BBC
Jóhann’s original film score for SpectreVision indie crime drama, McCanick – starring David Morse and the late Cory Monteith – will be released in all formats (DIGI/CD/LP) on Tuesday, January 28th via Milan Records. To pre-order the physical album today, and/or for more information, click here. For iTunes, click here.
Jóhann’s score for Denis Villeneuve’s film Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal is now available in all formats, including vinyl. Click here to pre-order a special double vinyl edition (ships 12/2013).
WaterTower Music has announced the release of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack to the Alcon Entertainment thriller “Prisoners,” a Warner Bros. Pictures’ release starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”), and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The album will be available at all digital retailers, and a CD will be made available through Amazon.com
A vinyl edition of the album will be available through NTOV/Cobraside in early November.
“Prisoners” topped the US box office in its first weekend and has been acclaimed by critics. The score has received its fair share of plaudits:
Associated Press: “Even the moody music by Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson will make you shiver. Just try getting it out
of your head as you leave the theater.”
Filmmmusicmag: “Prisoners” is certainly one of the more interesting scores to appear since Johnny Greenwood’s brilliantly bizarre “There Will Be Blood,” while doing far less – if that’s even possible – a score that communicates riveting ideas with the most deceptively minimal of efforts – It’s “art” music that just happens to be a film score, and pretty much completely outside of the box in a cool Icelandic way.”
Le Grand Cahier – which heavily features Jóhann’s music – won the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s “Grand Prix” award recently.
Le Grand Cahier (in English, The Notebook) is Hungarian director János Szász’s adaptation of Agota Kristof’s French-language best-seller of the same title. The story is about two thirteen-year-old twin brothers who are forced to shack up with their evil, country-bumpkin grandmother during World War II.
Click here to see all the winners of this year’s Karlovy Vary IFF, and here to read a review of Le Grand Cahier from The Hollywood Reporter.
After a recent showing in select theaters across the US and Europe, Free the Mind – a feature documentary about the scientific applications of meditation, with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson – is now being prepared for a DVD release in the coming months.
Jóhann has been commissioned to write the score for the upcoming Warner Brothers & Alcan Entertainment feature Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve. The film stars actors Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo & Paul Dano, and will be released in the autumn of 2013.
Jóhann’s new piece “Hz” was premiered by the Bang on a Can All Stars at Merkin Hall in New York City on March 14th. The piece was commissioned as a part of Bang on a Can’s Field Recordings series. The piece features super 8mm film by Magnus Helgason and sound recordings from an old abandoned hydro-electric power plant in a valley outside Reykjavik. Here is a review in The New York Times.