Far From Heaven [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Reviewing this CD is one of the most refreshing tasks that this writer has been given in many years -- that's not surprising when one considers that it's been at least 35 years since a movie score like Elmer Bernstein's music for Far From Heaven has come across this reviewer's desk; indeed, the last time it happened, stereo was a relatively new feature in listening pleasure, and this reviewer was in grade school. At its best moments, which is most of its length, Bernstein's music recalls the delicacy of his score for To Kill a Mockingbird -- everything here is so finely nuanced and played with such quiet, understated eloquence, and takes its time getting where it's going ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Reviewing this CD is one of the most refreshing tasks that this writer has been given in many years -- that's not surprising when one considers that it's been at least 35 years since a movie score like Elmer Bernstein's music for Far From Heaven has come across this reviewer's desk; indeed, the last time it happened, stereo was a relatively new feature in listening pleasure, and this reviewer was in grade school. At its best moments, which is most of its length, Bernstein's music recalls the delicacy of his score for To Kill a Mockingbird -- everything here is so finely nuanced and played with such quiet, understated eloquence, and takes its time getting where it's going without ever seeming indulgent. The music uses an orchestra of 50 pieces, with Cynthia Millar's piano featured in several of the sections. The score offers an achingly beautiful main theme -- best carried by the violins -- that is used sparingly and played with sufficient variation and embellishment so that it's not remotely repetitive; it's all handled with admirable restraint. One result of that understated quality is that the sole part of the soundtrack that does push itself hard, "Crying," is that much more effective in these surroundings. "Turning Point," which follows, is a sweetly melodic idyll with gorgeous parts for the piano, harp, and strings, and is almost worth the price of the CD by itself. "Cathy and Raymond Dance," by contrast, is written in the idiom of the light jazz of the late '50s, offering its own charms and virtues, and "Disapproval" uses the same thematic material in a more dramatic but still restrained orchestral approach. One of the nice side benefits of this soundtrack having come out in the CD era is that the music doesn't have to be played terribly loudly to make its full impact on the listener at home -- a score this finely wrought, released on vinyl, would have had all kinds of hiss, not to mention the inevitable ticks and pops inherent in the format. In 2002, it's possible to savor it in ways that home audiences in the 1950s simply couldn't have. It is also fully annotated, both by Bernstein and the movie's director, Todd Haynes, and every member of the orchestra is credited.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206642124
  • Catalog Number: 066421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Autumn in Connecticut - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:10)
  2. 2 Mother Love - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:43)
  3. 3 Evening Rest - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:54)
  4. 4 Walking Through Town - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:51)
  5. 5 Prowl - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:39)
  6. 6 The F Word - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:02)
  7. 7 unspecified - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:14)
  8. 8 Party - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:55)
  9. 9 Hit - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:44)
  10. 10 Crying - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:13)
  11. 11 Turning Point - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:49)
  12. 12 Cathy and Raymond Dance - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:03)
  13. 13 Disapproval - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:01)
  14. 14 Walk Away - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:36)
  15. 15 Miami - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:59)
  16. 16 Back to Basics - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:49)
  17. 17 Stones - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:46)
  18. 18 Revelation and Decision - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:23)
  19. 19 Remembrance - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:59)
  20. 20 More Pain - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:06)
  21. 21 Transition - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:56)
  22. 22 Beginnings - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elmer Bernstein Primary Artist, Conductor
Robert Adcock Cello
Murray Adler Violin
William Booth Trombone
Carole Castillo Viola
Douglas Davis Cello
Earl Dumler Oboe
Assa Drori Violin
Arni Egilsson Bass, Bassoon
Mike Englander Percussion
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Harris Goldman Violin
Susan Greenberg Flute
Michael Markman Violin
Joe Meyer Horn
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Irma Neumann Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Linda Rose Violin
James Sawyer Trombone
John Steinmetz Bassoon
Kevan Torfeh Cello
Gary Woodward Flute
Gayle Levant Harp
Rick Naill Cello
Renita Koven Viola
Julie Rogers Violin
Lisa Sutton Violin
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Cynthia Miller Piano
Cynthia Millar Piano
Robert Sanders Trombone
Carolyn Drake Horn
Ayke Agus Violin
Emily Bernstein Clarinet
Margot Aldcroft Viola
Jennifer Munday Violin
Britt Swenson Violin
Trevor Handy Cello
Piotr Jandula Viola
Ishani Bhoola Violin
Liliana Filipovic Violin
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Songa Lee Violin
Theresa Dimond Percussion
Donald Ferrone Bass
Louise di Tullio Flute
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Gary Gray Clarinet
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Producer, Essay
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Dan Wallin Engineer
Erick Labson Mastering
Patrick Russ Arranger
Todd Haynes Director, Liner Notes
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