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11/7/14 – Variety
“While full of wonder and awe, the footage takes on a hauntingly elegiac tone, echoed through Hanan Townshend’s sparse, hymn-like score…” more…

4/11/13 – NPR
“Hanan Townshend’s swirling score — supplemented by the work of such mystics as Bach, Gorecki and Part — is as languidly stylish as Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography.” more…

4/11/13 – New York Times
“As usual, Mr. Malick minimizes dialogue, preferring to communicate ideas and emotions through voice-over, montage and music. (Hanan Townshend’s tense, fluid score is supplemented by selections from the 19th- and 20th-century classical repertory.)” more…

3/7/13 – Indiewire
“While you might not know the name Hanan Townshend, the fast-rising composer is truly on the cusp of recognition by cinephiles. Later this year, you’ll be able to hear his work as composer on Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder,” and as fans of the filmmaker may already know, Townshend also contributed to the soundtrack of “The Tree Of Life.” ” more…

9/2/12 – The Hollywood Reporter 
“By far the most sophisticated and complex element of the film is the soundtrack, which would likely to be instructive to listen to on its own, without the pictures. On a first impression, it consists of layer upon layer, with an eclectic selection of work by famous composers (Berlioz, Hayden, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Gorecki, Part, et al.) blended with more esoteric choices and contributions by composer Hanan Townshend along with the voice-overs and natural sounds.” more…

8/13/12 – Indiewire
“Malick has enlisted Hanan Townshend to score the upcoming movie, bringing in a relatively fresh face after working with folks like Alexandre Desplat, James Horner and Hans Zimmer on his last few films. However, Townshend was already very familiar with how Malick works.” more…

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reviews

9/31/15 – Soundtrack Dreams
The Better Angels – “The Better Angels is the kind of score that hits a chord inside me and I could listen to it for hours. I know exactly the moments when I will need this beautiful and moody composition and I will certainly keep it close. ”  
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8/31/15 – Soundtrack Dreams
Echoes Of War – “Echoes Of War is an amazing score. There is no other word for it. For me it’s instantly one of my favorite scores of the year…I even love how hard it is for me to find the words to express what this score makes me feel because it means it got to me.”  more…

3/3/15 – Film.Music.Media
Believe Me – “Townshend has some fun with style in a few tracks, but overall the music speaks to the emotional journey rather than the physical one. It’s unique for sure, and I wish it was longer so that it was more fleshed out. But given the type of movie this is, I think the score is worthy of your attention. Especially from a composer like Hanan Townshend who has proven his versatility so quickly.”  
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7/4/13 – AssignmentX
To The Wonder – “Townshend’s work is a tone poem of the best kind, painting a big picture from the kind of personal experience that elevates bliss, and despair into the stuff of intimate myth. The continuous rapture that Townshend engenders from this lyrically haunting starstuff marks him as a major composer to watch.” more…

5/1/13 – Film.Music.Media
To The Wonder – “The result is an absolutely beautiful musical poem that stands as an audial interpretation of the film’s ideas rather than scoring the picture as a traditional score. It is filled with sparkling life, flowing beauty, darkness through isolation and a fluttering spiritual awareness.” more…

4/5/13 – Frompin
To The Wonder – “Townshend’s reedy woodwinds and delicate strings masterfully amplify the film’s ethereal nature and its celebration of love.  Organ voicings provide further enhancement and provide transition to the film’s darker moments.  Conventional sequences, such as a tidy civil marriage ceremony, are skillfully scored as well.  This score’s atmospherics make for excellent stand-alone listening as well.” more…

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interviews

6/9/13 – Anobium

5/2/13 – Film.Music.Media

4/30/13 – Projector & Orchestra

12/7/12 – Cinezik.fr

6/15/11 – Launch787