Composers: Shiro Sagisu, Seiji Yokoyama, Jerry Goldsmith, Kenji Kawai, Yoko Kanno, Thomas Newman, Michiru Oshima, Toshihiko Sahashi, David Arnold, John Barry, Masaru Yokoyama, Dennis McCarthy, Vangelis, Alexandre Desplat, Nino Rota, Yoko Shimomura, James Horner, Takanori Arisawa, Alan Silvestri, Michael Kamen, Joel Goldsmith, Naoshi Mizuta, Nobuo Uematsu, Harry Gregson-Williams, Ramin Djawadi, Howard Shore, Trevor Morris, Taro Iwashiro, Taku Iwasaki, Noriyuki Asakura, Elliot Goldenthal, Shunsuke Kikuchi, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Jay Chattaway, Alexander Courage, Joseph Mullendore, James Newton Howard, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoki Sato.
Japanese composers: Akiyuki Tateyama, Go Shiina, HIROYUKI SAWANO, Hideyuki Fukasawa, Kenji Kawai, JUN MAEDA, Shinji Orito, Masaru Yokoyama, KEIICHI OKABE, Taro Iwashiro, YASUHARU TAKANASHI, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura...
"Western" composers: ANTTI MARTIKAINEN, BRUNUHVILLE, Dirk Ehlert, DOYLE W. DONEHOO, DWAYNE FORD, HANS ZIMMER, Howard Shore, Jo Blankenburg, Junkie XL, Lorne Balfe, Matias Puumala, RAMIN DJAWADI, STEVE JABLONSKY, THOMAS BERGERSEN, NICK PHOENIX...
Singers: Alan, Kokia
And I'm -really- just talking about my favorites (no time to spell >842 artists). Top composers being written in capital letters.
Top 10 soundtracks (only one per composer and not ranked):
Akiyuki Tateyama - Yuru Camp△ (2018) -> The funniest and the most folkish
Hans Zimmer - Pirates of the Carribean 3 (2007) -> The most adventurous one and the best motifs
Hiroyuki Sawano - Re:Creators (2017) -> The most badass and action-packed, insane use of hybrid/orchestral and with so many songs
Key Sounds Label - CLANNAD (2004) -> The most emotive one (who the hell is cutting onions ???)
Ramin Djawadi - Pacific Rim (2013) -> Interesting vision of mecha-music
MoNACA - NieR:Automata (2017) -> The best vocals, epic choirs and ethereal songs
Steve Jablonsky - Transformers 4 (2014) -> Grand-scale orchestral epicness and perfect combo x Imagine Dragons
Yasuharu Takanashi - Fairy Tail Original Sound Collection Vol.2 (2016) -> Awesome mix of rockish/folkish tracks with very fast motifs
Yuki Kajiura - Fate/Zero (2012) -> The most epic and tragic with the best choirs
Square Enix Music - Final Fantasy XV (2016-2018) -> The best orchestrated. Y.Shimomura is not alone but there's >12 hours of great music.
Thank you. From all those you mentioned I'm very fond to Yuki Kajiura's Fate/Zero soundtrack. To be honest with you when Fate/Zero came out I was really very fond to Studio Deen's Fate/stay night, and so to its score composed by Kenji Kawai, but it took a while for Yuki Kajiura's score to grow on me. And yes, I absolutely adored Final Fantasy XV's massive score, thanks to it I got into Yoko Shimomura's music and I also have to admit Naoshi Mizuta's contribution for Episode Prompto was really remarkable. I'm also like CLANNAD's score, it's really cute.
So now here's my top ten in no particular order and as you did I won't repeat the same composer:
1) Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Music by Jerry Goldsmith, additional music by Fred Steiner and Alexander Courage. The highlight: the top-notch Star Trek main theme which (luckily) got carried to Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. The rest of the underscore is really great, we got renditions of the original TV series as well as the breathtaking V'Ger theme and of course the love theme or Ilia's theme and the Klingon theme.
2) Braveheart - Music by James Horner. An historical inaccurate film with cuestionable usage of music instruments no related to Scotland but nonetheless a very effective and emotional score infused with the passion of the composer and the grand vision of the director for this epic.
3) Apocalypse -The Second World War- - Music by Kenji Kawai. A very detailed documentary series based on the Second World War and co-produced by France, Germany, Japan among other countries. Kenji Kawai really got so emotional in so many cues, I recall I watched an interview in which he stated that got inspired by watching the sad faces of the war victims in all the remastered footage. It's a nice thing the soundtrack got an official expanded release.
4) Tenkuu no Escaflowne - Music by Yoko Kanno, additional music by Hajime Mizoguchi. An epic love story accentuated by the remarkable passion of Kanno and her then husband and wonderfully performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
5) Bram Stoker's Dracula - Music by Wojciech Kilar. Another epic love story but this one mixed with tragedy as well as some action cues so beautifully orchestrated. Another great score which got an official expanded release recently.
6) Saint Seiya - Music by Seiji Yokoyama. The anime; the main reason why I got into anime and manga and instrumental music. It's sad Seiji Yokoyama was never considered a mainstream composer and also never got the recognition he deserved, even with that I find his music really remarkable and his battle themes really epic, his music transports me to the Ancient Greece as well as the Mediterranean and the Northern Europe.
7) Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Music by Yuki Kajiura. I recall there was a great fuss one this anime came out because people expected light-hearted mahou shoujo generic music, but like always Yuki Kajiura over-exceeded herself and knew how to approach this very dark story, the are really emotive themes as well as cheerful ones without the need of getting cheesy. This was a giant step for her and I'm really proud of this score, her vocal themes are also really catchy to me.
8) Casino Royale - Music by David Arnold. A modern well-made action score more organic than the rest of the other action blockbusters' soundtracks. I loved how the English composer didn't use the famous James Bond theme until the very end when the character became enough mature and in its place used instrumental renditions of the main theme song also composed by him. I really love when the music composer also contributes on the making of the main song.
9) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Music by Howard Shore. Another epic score composed by someone who at the beginning was really unknown, and whose name was associated with creepy horror films only. The Canadian composer of The Silence of the Lambs got his breakthrough with The Fellowship of the Rings and it was a very refreshing choice back then. Just like Yuki Kajiura with Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Ludwig Göransson with Black Panther, Howard Shore approached his assignment at hand with intellect and instead of following the Hollywood playbook took his time to research, no wonder why he got an Academy Award for his effort just like Göransson.
10) Hannibal (2001): - Music by Hans Zimmer, additional music by Klaus Badelt, Geoff Zanelli, James Dooley, Steve Jablonsky, Mel Wesson, Martin Tillman, Nick Glennie-Smith and Patrick Cassidy. Hans Zimmer is well known for other works and he might be not be well seen for his common usage of ghost writers, but I find his music for this film really interesting, it conveys all the emotions and complexity of all the wretched characters; this one also marked one of the last collaborations with Klaus Badelt.
So your favorite score from Yuki Kajiura is Puella Magi Madoka Magica ... I have to agree that "Sis Puella Magica!" is one of the most haunting track ever, yet it is very respectful to the "magical girl stuff". Any chance for Yuki Kajiura to score the upcoming "Magia Record" Anime ?
Rest in peace, James Horner. But here's the real question: who will be scoring Avatar 2 ???
Yes, I find his album kiЯitɘ very interesting and inspired, and his contribution for Episode Ignis (FFXV) is remarkable.
But I've listened to "Xenogears Revival Disc - the first and the last -" (2018) and didn't find it interesting.
Is there a big orchestra on the scene in this live ?
Revival Disc was a re-release of the original OST with a few extra tracks.
This new release is a live performance they did in 2018. Yes its much more interesting because its new. They also played live the vocal tracks added in the Revival disc, as well as new arrangements. Sound quality is very good.