Perseverance Records specializes in film scores from the fantastic genre, but has also released the occasional action movie or drama soundtrack. Although we are trying to get more current scores, our main focus lies on the restoration of older titles, mainly from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. Also, lately, we have been branching out into more and more acquisition and distribution of jazz albums. Snoop around, some of them are by film composers.
Perseverance Records was founded by me, Robin Esterhammer, in late 2002, after a friend of mine located the master tapes of "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" in a dumpster behind CTS Studios in England. After a short conversation with composer John Gale, I, fond of the movie and music, decided to give this music the proper treatment and release a soundtrack. MGM, who owned the rights to the music, eventually green-lighted Perseverance Records' inaugural release.
Recently, Silvio Barretta has joined the company as producer and financing partner. His first two projects were "Thief" and "Silent Hill". The next, big, one, will come out in August. Welcome, Silvio!
We do this for the love of film music and the appreciation of film composers, neglected and underappreciated as they unfortunately are in today's motion picture industry, where a "Music-From-and-Inspired-by" song compilation always gets preferential marketing treatment over an "Original Score" album. True, they are big money makers, but it isn't art worth preserving for posterity.
We'd love to hear from you; if it's with a suggestion for a future release, a question about Perseverance Records, or just to tell me what a great job I'm doing (or not, if that's the case), send me a line.
All the best,
Composers Charles Bernstein
and Christopher Young and – me.