Georges Auric: Beauty and the Beast

Georges Auric: Beauty and the Beast

by Moscow Symphony Orchestra
     
 

Georges Auric's score for Jean Cocteau's 1946 Beauty and the Beast originally appeared on the Marco Polo label in the 1990s, but has since been licensed by Naxos and repackaged and remarketed for the film music audience, and at a much lower price. Auric's music is some of the finest ever written for a film, a highly atmospheric work that was heavily influencedSee more details below

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Georges Auric's score for Jean Cocteau's 1946 Beauty and the Beast originally appeared on the Marco Polo label in the 1990s, but has since been licensed by Naxos and repackaged and remarketed for the film music audience, and at a much lower price. Auric's music is some of the finest ever written for a film, a highly atmospheric work that was heavily influenced by the impressionists Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, across 24 separate cues, ranging in length from one minute to over four minutes. The episodic content of the music is not a drawback to enjoying this CD, however, as the playing by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Adriano makes the parts appear almost seamless. The actual film was scored so hurriedly that the music was never fully synchronized with the rest of the film, and was intended to evoke mood over certain scenes rather than attach itself to precise frames of footage; as a result, it holds up remarkably well as a free-standing work with very little tinkering or editing. Indeed, in another reality, a body of music such as this -- as presented here -- could easily have found an independent life in the concert hall, it is so seductive and complex; oddly enough, whereas Cocteau was thrilled with the music that Auric had delivered on incredibly short notice, most Hollywood studios would have rejected Beauty and the Beast as too complex and demanding of the listener. It's all to our benefit that the composer had a free hand and based his work on his very best judgment of what was acceptable and needed -- he didn't compromise and the result is a bold body of serious music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313270729
catalogNumber:
8557707
Rank:
347456

Tracks

  1. Générique (Main Title)  -  Axios Choir
  2. La Belle et Avenant (Beauty and Avenant)  -  Axios Choir
  3. Dans la forêt (In the forest)  -  Axios Choir
  4. La salle des festins (The banquet hall)  -  Axios Choir
  5. Le vol d'une rose (The theft of a rose)  -  Axios Choir
  6. Retour du Marchand (The Merchant's return)  -  Axios Choir
  7. Départ de Belle (Beauty's departure)  -  Axios Choir
  8. Les couloirs mystérieux (Mysterious corridors)  -  Axios Choir
  9. Apparition de la Bête (Appearance of the Beast)  -  Axios Choir
  10. Dans la chambre à coucher (In the bedroom)  -  Axios Choir
  11. Le souper (The dinner)  -  Axios Choir
  12. Moments d'effroi (Frightful moments)  -  Axios Choir
  13. La farce du drapier (The burlesque of the draper)  -  Axios Choir
  14. Les entretiens au parc (Conversations in the park)  -  Axios Choir
  15. La promesse (The promise)  -  Axios Choir
  16. La Bête jalouse (Beast's jealousy)  -  Axios Choir
  17. Désespoir d'amour (Love's despair)  -  Axios Choir
  18. Les cinq secrets (The five secrets)  -  Axios Choir
  19. L'attente (The waiting)  -  Axios Choir
  20. Proposition d'Avenant (Avenant's proposal)  -  Axios Choir
  21. Le miroir et le gant (The mirror and the glove)  -  Axios Choir
  22. Le pavillon de Diane (Diana's pavilion)  -  Axios Choir
  23. Prince Charmant (Prince Charming)  -  Axios Choir
  24. L'envolée (Flying upwards)  -  Axios Choir

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