Doctor Zhivago [Rhino]

Doctor Zhivago [Rhino]

by Maurice Jarre
     
 

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Maurice Jarre wrote the central musical motif of his score for Doctor Zhivago, "Lara's Theme," in a few minutes in a hotel, amid a frantic five-week rush to score the 197-minute movie. That theme made the Doctor Zhivago soundtrack album one of the biggest selling soundtrack of the 1960s, a considerable feat when one reckons in the competition from ASee more details below

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Maurice Jarre wrote the central musical motif of his score for Doctor Zhivago, "Lara's Theme," in a few minutes in a hotel, amid a frantic five-week rush to score the 197-minute movie. That theme made the Doctor Zhivago soundtrack album one of the biggest selling soundtrack of the 1960s, a considerable feat when one reckons in the competition from A Hard Day's Night, Never on Sunday, A Man and a Woman, Exodus, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of Jarre's score is more in the realm of lushly textured Russian-themed mood music, filled with dark male choruses, folk and folk-like themes, and dense orchestrations, sort of faux-Tchaikovsky. The stereo separation is used to good effect, and the music as a whole forms a kind of romantic/exotic travelogue as much as a dramatic sketch of the movie's action. The only drawback is that, given the length of the movie and the relatively short time that Jarre had to compose and record the score, there is a fair amount of repetition (one wishes that Jarre had been as lucky as Miklos Rozsa on Ben-Hur, with nearly a year to work on the music for that epic). The Sony CD was a considerable upgrade over the MGM LP and the mid-'80s MCA CD in both sound and content, adding a large body of incidental and intermission music built on the main themes from the film as well as several variants on "Lara's Theme." It, in turn, was supplanted by Rhino Records' 1995 re-release, which offered somewhat better sound quality and more than a half-dozen outtakes from the score.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227195724
catalogNumber:
71957

Tracks

  1. Overture  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  2. Main Title  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  3. Kontakion/Funeral Song  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  4. Lara Is Charming  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  5. The Internationale  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  6. Lara And Komarovsky Dancing Up A Storm  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  7. Komarovsky With Lara In The Hotel  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  8. Interior Student Cafe  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  9. Sventitsky's Waltz/After The Shooting  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  10. Military Parade  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  11. They Began To Go Home  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  12. After Deserters Killed The Colonel  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  13. At the Hospital  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  14. Lara Says Goodbye To Yuri  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  15. Tonya Greets Yuri  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  16. The Stove's Out  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  17. Yevgraf Snaps His Fingers  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  18. Evening Bells-Moscow Station  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  19. Flags Flying over the Train  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  20. Yuri Gazing Through a Tiny Open Hatch  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  21. The Door Is Banged Opened  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  22. Intermission  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  23. Yuri Follows The Sound Of The Waterfall  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  24. Tonya And Yuri Arrive At Varykino  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  25. They Didn't Lock The Cottage  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  26. Varykino Cottage, Winter Snow  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  27. Yuri And The Daffodils  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  28. On A Yuriatin Street  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  29. In Lara's Bedroom  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  30. Yuri Rides To Yuriatin  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  31. Yuri Is Taken Prisoner By The Red Partisans  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  32. For As Long As We Need You  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  33. Yuri Is Escaping  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  34. Yuri Approaches Lara's Apartment  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  35. Yuri Looks Into The Mirror  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  36. Lara And Yuri Arriving At Varykino  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  37. Yuri Is Trying To Write  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  38. Yuri Frightens the Wolves Away (Pt. 1)  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  39. Lara Reads Her Poem  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  40. Yuri Frightens the Wolves Away (Pt. 2)  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  41. Yuri Works On  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  42. Then It's a Gift (End Title)  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  43. Lara's Theme  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  44. Lara's Theme  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  45. Lara's Theme  -  MGM Studio Orchestra

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