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