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 A

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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.

Product Details

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

Tracks

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

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