Nature Documentaries

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nature documentaries are a rich source of images of the world around us. They allow us to view our earth from space, fly through the Grand Canyon, visit dense jungles, and observe the lives of tiny insects. They can also provide some wonderful music, helping us feel the majesty and wonder of nature.

David Garland presents soundtracks by Ernst Reijseger for Werner Herzog, Elmer Bernstein for “National Geographic,” Michael Whalen for “Nature,” Bruno Coulais for “Microcosmos” and more.


Jerome Morross - Grizzly! - Introduction and Main Title, Careful Observation/Radio Tracking/Building Families - Intrada

Ernst Reijseger - Requiem For A Dying Planet (combines the scores for "The Wild Blue Yonder" and "The White Diamond") - Sanctus - Winter & Winter

Bruno Coulais - Oceans - A L'Aventure - Columbia

Bruno Coulais - Microcosmos - Carnivorous Plant, Night - Travelling

Lalo Schifrin - The Hellstrom Chronicle - Metamorphosis - Aleph Records

Elmer Bernstein - Yankee Sails Across Europe - Open Seas/Challenges of the Rhone, Opening Montage and Main Title - Intrada

Leonard Rosenman - Dr. Leakey & The Dawn of Man - Descending into the Past, African Wildlife - Intrada

Michael Whalen - Phantom of the Forest - The Feather, Life In the Nest - Narada Cinema

Michael Whalen - The Shape Of Life - The Sea Cucumber - Alchemy Records

Ernest Gold - The Last Vikings - Modern Vikings - Intrada

Comments [2]

Bob from LI, NY

Movies on the Radio is one of my favorite shows on QXR. Never thought of nature documentaries as part of my soundtrack preferences, but I am glad for this episode. Was wondering if the music from shows like WALKING WITH DINOSAURS would be worth a listen.

Jul. 30 2011 09:55 PM
DavidD from VA

I generally prefer nature documentaries with minimal music. This genre, unlike dramatic film, is owned solely by the photographers. And too many are ruined with a schmaltzy score (or maybe I haven't been watching and listening to the right ones). But I'll listen to this only because David Garland's playlists are anything but hackneyed.

Jul. 30 2011 04:00 PM

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