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Maurice Jarre: A Tribute to David Lean
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Maurice Jarre shares with the viewer the very complex techniques of how to synchronize the music of a full orchestra with the film s footage. During the concert itself, excerpts of the films were projected on a screen behind the orchestra. Jarre talks about his task to keep an eye on the orchestra, the big chronometer in front of him, and the projected film excerpts in order to have the music match the footage. The only difference from a recording session in Hollywood is that in this case he only had one take.
Maurice Jarre also shares many anecdotes about the different films he worked on with David Lean. He mentions
his experience on Lawrence of Arabia having to replace the original composer and deliver a film score within a very short period of time. On Doctor Zhivago, he had to conduct a full orchestra and 35 balalaika players
who couldn t read musical scores.
On a more humorous note, he also mentions a recording session in Los Angeles where his entire orchestra slowed down and eventually stopped playing after having spotted Sophia Loren in the technician s booth. During the hour-long audio commentary, Maurice Jarre shares these and many more stories and insights about his career, his work with Sir David Lean and his tribute concert to the filmmaker.
The DVD also contains an exclusive 35-minute interview of Maurice Jarre by Christian Lauliac. Also included in the package is the soundtrack to this wonderful concert.
(Full Concert Video)
2. Ryan s Daughter Suite
3. A Passage to India
4. Doctor Zhivago
6. A Passage to India (Garden of Statues)
7. Lawrence of Arabia Suite
Full audio commentary by Maurice Jarre
CD: Full album in Enhanced Stereo, plus audio of the bonus track A Passage to India (Garden Statues) from the DVD concert program
Maurice Jarre interview with Chrsitian Lauliac (35 minutes)
Biographies and filmographies
Top Customer Reviews
At first, my fears appeared to be well founded. I wasn't terribly impressed with the orchestral suites Maurice Jarre prepared from the music to "Ryan's Daughter" and "A Passage to India", which started off the program. I have always thought of Jarre as a pretty visionary film composer, but the music in the first two suites was coming across as fairly pedestrian -- easy, simple themes and pretty ordinary, even old-fashioned orchestration. I was getting worried.
Things started to look up a bit with the suite from "Dr. Zhivago", although even here I felt the music was lacking in scope and power -- which actually made sense since the film is really just a simple, intimate story about human relationships, although set against a pretty dramatic background. The music was also lacking in balalaikas. You'd have thought they could scrounge up a few, at least.
But then Jarre played a sequence designed to show what a film score does -- the wordless bicycle/temple sequence from "A Passage to India" where the heroine is "attacked" (not really) by a horde (not really) of monkeys. Outstanding music and great presentation! Then a suite of music from "Lawrence of Arabia", one of the greatest film scores ever written, closed the show and certainly did not disappoint.
The real treat to the DVD is the commentary track by Jarre, who discusses both the music in some detail and some of the background behind it during the film's production. Anyone who is a fan of David Lean's films and likes watching films with commentary tracks will not want to miss Jarre's comments on this DVD. He shares great, fascinating information about the films, the music and the process.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For fans of film music and especially for admirers of the film scores of Maurice Jarre, this DVD/CD combination is a must. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anthony McGill
Both the DVD and Soundtrack are excellent. Sound is clear and the DVD's color is beautiful. The films chosen to be part of this program are classics.Published on November 14, 2011 by Merrie Gail Foerster