Carter Burwell scores The Finest Hours

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Dan Goldwasser



Last summer, Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell was at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. to record his score to Disney’s The Finest Hours, based on the true story about an incredible 1952 coast guard rescue, directed by Craig Gillespie. The film opens today and we’re thrilled to bring our readers the exclusive photos from the scoring session!


Carter Burwell conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

The music for The Finest Hours was conducted by composer Carter Burwell, who led a 42-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony in the first round of recording that took place in July 2015.


Carter Burwell conducts The Finest Hours

The brass section

The cellos

The woodwinds

The French horns

Additional music was composed and conducted by Philip Klein, at a pick-up session in October 2015, with a 61-piece orchestra, also recorded at Warner Bros.


Additional music composer Philip Klein conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

In the booth, during the first round of sessions, scoring mixer Michael Farrow was joined by additional music composer Philip Klein, music editor Adam Smalley, supervising music editor Jon Mooney, picture editor Tanya Riegel and post production supervisor Lori Korngiebel. Walt Disney Pictures President of Music Mitchell Lieb was also on hand to give feedback.


Additional music composer Philip Klein and composer Carter Burwell listen to a cue

Scoring mixer Michael Farrow and stage recordist Tom Hardisty

Music editor Adam Smalley, Walt Disney Pictures President of Music Mitchell Lieb, supervising music editor Jon Mooney and post production supervisor Lori Korngiebel

The Finest Hours is now playing in theaters. A soundtrack album is available digitally from Walt Disney Records.

Editor’s note: a previous version of this article referred to supervising music editor Jon Mooney as the temp music editor. We regret the error.

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