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Doctor Zhivago: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Maurice Jarre , Maurice Jarre Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 25, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: May 2, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033J9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ov
2. Main Title
3. Funeral Song
4. Lara Is Charming
5. The Internationale
6. Lara And Komarovsky Dancing
7. Komarovsky With Lara In The Hotel
8. Interior Student Cafe
9. Sventitskys 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
See all 45 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Rhino's released twice as much music as was previously available, with unreleased portions of the soundtrack as well as some after-hours jam sessions on Lara's Theme by members of the MGM Orchestra! Composer Maurice Jarre contributes a foreword to the notes great package!

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Czar Is Born" September 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Maurice Jarre created a sound-track classic-for-all-time . . . and for all times with the soundtrack for the 1965 film "Dr. Zhivago". This was an epic movie of an epic love and demanded an epic musical score. This soundtrack transcended that demand. While it was the perfect accompnyment to every scene of the film . . .it stands on its own as well, even now almost forty years later.

The recurring "theme" - "Lara's Theme" (popularly known as 'Somewhere My Love'- as lyrics were added for pop radio) is today, instantly recognizable to everyone. (I can't hear that theme without "falling in love all over again" with Julie Cristie, who played the role of Lara - or who WAS Lara!)

Another memorable track is the "Kontakion" from the Kievan Russian Orthodox Requiem Liturgy. This hymn is emotionally moving in every Eastern Orthodox funeral or memorial service for the dead . . . it was just as emotional in the film setting as the young boy Yuri (Zhivago) attends his mother's funeral and interment. Just listening to the track today, brings memories of that scene . . . and to any Orthodox familiar with his/her own spiritual tradition, evokes prayerful memories of every funeral of any loved ones who have departed this life. This track alone makes this disc worthwhile owning.

This 1995 "Thirtieth Anniversary Edition" is expanded to include much music hich was not included on the oiginal 1995 release . . . all of it worthy. Also, three variations of "Lara's Theme" (not on the film score) are also added "bonus tracks" - one jazz, one rock, and one swing -- all interesting and enjoyable, though out of the film context . . .but they demonstrate just how adaptable and viable "Laras Theme" actually is and can be.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks. December 30, 1999
By Casey
Format:Audio CD
After watching the movie "Doctor Zhivago" (which I recommend, it was a lovely movie), I just had to go out and buy the soundtrack to it. Maurice Jarr's score is breathtaking. The balalaikas are wonderful, it adds a very Russian feel to it all. My favorite piece is the 'Main Title' and the other slower, more romantic tracks, which feature the famous "Lara's Theme." A nice edition for Doctor Zhivago fans or just for anyone who enjoyed the music. It won the Academy Award in 1965. Get the 30th Anniversary CD, since it has some interesting facts and also has some pieces that were cut out of the finished movie.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all possible soundtracks April 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Maurice Jarre's stunning score to the film DOCTOR ZHIVAGO ranks as one of the finest soundtracks ever composed. Grand, memorable, and powerful, Jarre's acheivement captures the agony of revolutionary Russia and complements brilliantly the epic production of Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
Jarre's score involves a use of several leitmotifs, Lara's Theme being the most famous, which bind each piece into the larger whole of the film. That Jarre was able to accomplish this is all the more surprising because, as he states in the CD booklet, he had only 6 weeks to compose the film score.
The production of the soundtrack is crystal-clear and strong. The drums are crisp and reverberant, and the elements of the orchestra is balanced on the recording.
For those who loved the film and its score, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is essential
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, Memorable May 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Intense, memorable soundtrack. I had no idea this common tune had originated from a contemporary film. In specific regards to "Lara's Theme", it's instantly memorable. Really stuck in my mind after I finished viewing the film.
Classic scores, classic alumn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Musical Score Ever? February 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If not number one, Maurice Jarre's sweeping, beautiful score for David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" is certainly in the top three of the greatest film scores ever composed. Lean and Jarre had already proven a magical combination on their previous collaboration - "Lawrence of Arabia". But with "Doctor Zhivago", Jarre would arguably make his finest creation, and certainly his most famous - the ubiquitous, sweepingly romantic "Lara's Theme".

Rarely, if ever, has a score captured the feel and emotions of a film so well. The Overture alone showcases the film's juxtaposition between the romantic and personal, and the inevitable, tragic tide of history. The score is unbelievably complex, ranging from tragic to upbeat to haunting to stirring. It is truly a remarkable achievement, and the score is plenty effective on its own.

The CD features a plethora of highly memorable pieces. While the more critical might grow weary of the umpteenth rendition of "Lara's Theme", this reviewer wouldn't, and in any case might point the cynic to the many other cues on the soundtrack. The early segments of the soundtrack contain mostly indifferent incidental music, but around track 10 the show starts to kick into high gear. The haunting "They Began to Go Home", "After Deserters Kill the Colonel", and "Yuri is Taken Prisoner By the Red Partisans" convey the tragic, unavoidable violence of Russia's civil war. Anyone who wants something other than romance would hardly find a more stirring and violent contrast than here. Much of the incidental music is surprisingly good too - the heart-rending "Kontakion", "Evening Bells-Moscow Bells", and the ominous "Yevgraf Snaps His Fingers" are highlights.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate the movie, love the soundtrack.
Dr. Zhivago is a movie I can't stand. The way the script is written is that we as the audience are supposed to root for the adulterous couple because they can't help themselves and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by March boy
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of all time.
The music is great to listen to at night to help me sleep. I never tire of hearing this beautiful CD.
Published 3 months ago by Lana K. Garrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is the ultimate movie soundtrack. Even though I hadn't heard it in over 35 years, its melodies have stuck with me all that time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Guy Silvestri
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Zhivago
My grandfather was from Kiev, Russia. I have been intrigued by Russian History, but this movie tops them all as far as the suffering that occurred during the Bolshevik Revolution. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James D. Weinberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Zhivago
The quality was so bad that I returned this as being defective. This sound track was glairingly harsh. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Homer
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
loved the movie, but find this soundtrack difficult to listen to.....boring. I will attempt to listen again when I'm ready to fall asleep.
Published 16 months ago by Thomas K. Osborne
2.0 out of 5 stars I am of Russian descent, but this is extremely difficult listening.
The order in which the songs are put together takes too much concentration. My idea of enjoying this type of music is to sit back and listen, but I have not yet been able to get... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kathie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for a Great Movie
Like most movie soundtracks, the Zhivago CD lacks something without the movie, still it's wonderful music... reminiscent of the epic motion pictures of the past. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David M. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Zhivago original motion picture soundtrack
This CD arrived much sooner from supplier than expected, much to my delight.
This movie is one of my all time favourites. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert The Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars DR. Z
The CD got here quickly and plays perfectly well. I would make more purchases of this sort again. Thank you.
Published on April 24, 2012 by Sasha
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