Recently I was at a trade show and one of our clients came to our demo. He came with his own demo material. It was all soundtracks. He said he changes the themes of his demo material, but for that show it was soundtracks.
I thought about this for a while and realized, there really are some great ones out there--I'm sure to miss a few, but here are some of my favorites.
1. American Beauty - Thomas Newman. Deep bass and incredible articulation through the mids and highs. This is a great demo peice and one of my favorites to just listen to.
2. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerard. The building throughout many scenes is captured extremely well. Very good recording, but better composition.
3. Danny Elfman - Music for a Darkened Theater Vol 2. I think Elfman is one of the greatest theater composers. He captures the mood--particularly when it's a dark mood. From Batman to Edward Scissors hands to Mission Impossible, this compilation is really great (Vol 1 isn't bad either)
4. Steiner - great film music. A compilation of large scale symphonic film music. Probably one of the best of this genres.
I hope you enjoy these recommendations. As always please write me and share. I like finding out about great music as much as you do. And if you have suggestions for future topics, please let me know.