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Music from the Films of Francois Truffaut

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Originally released 7/25/97, now reissued with new softpak packaging.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: July 29, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J45
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on June 13, 1999
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"La valse de Francois T" makes my heart want to burst. Never has sweet melancholia been so sweetly and lyrically expressed. This entire album is a godsend, but "La valse" - it is something else, far beyond my power to convey.
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Hitchcock had Bernard Herrmann, and Spielberg has John Williams, and Francois Truffaut had Georges Delerue. "Jules and Jim" jauntily evokes the delicious problems of one woman in love with two men. With "Shoot the Piano Player" you can almost see Charles Aznavour in his seedy Paris cafe. And most gloriously, for Truffaut's Oscar winner as Best Foreign Film, "Day for Night," Delerue composes a chorale that celebrates the endlessly repetitious, endlessly varied rituals of filmmaking. A wonderful collection of themes from nine films (plus "La valse de Francois T."), performed by the London Sinfonietta under the direction of Hugh Wolff.
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Contained on this disc are excerpts from scores that Georges Delerue composed for several films by director Francois Truffaut: Two English Girls, The Soft Skin, Such a Georgeous Kid Like Me, Love at 20 -- Antoine and Colette, The Woman Next Door, Shoot the Piano Player, Dayi for Night, The Last Metro, Jules and Jim, plus La valse de Francois T. It's a marvelous collection of themes by Delerue, who was much honored in his native France but to my mind never recognized as much as he should be in this country. As at least one other reviewer noted, hearing this music evokes memories of the films themselves -- for me, Jules and Jim in particular. My favorite selection, however, remains the Chorale from Day for Night, music that was also used in The Race for the Double Helix. For a tidy set of film music by Delerue, you really can't beat these magnificent performances by the London Sinfonietta under Hugh Wolff.
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I got this because I've always loved Delerue's OST from The Black Stallion Returns. I figured I'd delve into a little more of his work. I suppose I should consider the context, in that this predates the Black Stallion by about 20 years, and film music in France in the 60's probably had a different flavor than what I grew up with (i.e. John Williams in the late-70's).

"Two English Girls" is not far from the beauty and drama of Black Stallion. Then the "Jules Et Jim" Main Theme throws me off into marching band land. Not my fave! The rest of "Jules et Jim" is nice though.
"The Soft Skin" is tender and pensive, probably my favorite on the disc due to the sparse woodwind sound. But then the "Such a Gorgeous Kid" Main Theme bonks me on the head again with unpleasant plunking. I usually listen to this album in a playlist, removing 2-3 weird pieces. It's hard to believe the second "Such a Gorgeous Kid: Stanislas et Camille" piece is from the same film, since it plays out like the first time you ever really, really fell in love.
"Two English Girls: La Rupture" begins with action music that sounds right out of the Black Stallion OST, then pulls back to what sounds like a kid who found his dog that he thought was gone forever. I've never seen any of these movies, and probably should!

Overall, Delerue's use of the orchestra is masterful, which is not news to anyone. And it's refreshing to go back and listen to real soundtracks, unlike today's percussion/sampler riff junk that doesn't have even 4 notes of recognizable melody.

Some of the clanky pieces are a bit annoying to listen to (Jules et Jim, Such a Gorgeous Kid, Shoot the Piano Player: Charlie), but I guess someday I should watch the films to see how they fit in.
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