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Great Composers: Georges Delerue
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Composed, Conducted and Co-Produced by:
Georges Delerue

Co-Produced by:
Robert Townson
Frank Fitzpatrick
Richard Kraft
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 13th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
Several selections were nominated for (or won) Academy Awards.
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Buy it... if you have any remote curiosity about the career of Georges Delerue (or even if you already own a few of his scores), because this set is a very strong survey of his works in fantastic sound quality.

Avoid it... if you have no tolerance for flighty, whimsical romance themes and jazzy rhythms, a style that largely defined Delerue's career.
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WRITTEN 3/26/01, REVISED 11/28/08
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Great Composers: Georges Delerue: (Georges Delerue) The film music community suffered an enormous loss in 1992 when veteran Georges Delerue succumbed to a stroke and left the world without its greatest contemporary French composer. In what was truly an international career, Delerue embodied the purely romantic side of film music, composing over thirty years for some of the world's most dramatic and sensuous films. Collectors of Delerue's music remain intensely loyal to his expansive body of work, even many years after his death. He represented a niche in film music that still appeals to the hopeless romantics at heart, a niche filled with lesser success by Rachel Portman, George Fenton, and eventually a new, rising set of French composers in the 2000's. The mass of Delerue's music is optimistic, with a spirited heart and genuine caring, and it always, always, includes a memorable melody. He was arguably at the height of his career in the dramatic genre in 1985 and 1986, when he composed two of his most memorable scores, Crimes of the Heart and Agnes of God, the latter of which gaining him an Academy Award nomination. Earlier in his career, his scores tended to favor light and fluffy tones (and it was one of these efforts, A Little Romance, which brought Delerue an Academy Award in 1980). His efforts of the 1960's and 1970's were high spirited and whimsically lofty, often with flighty, jazzy performances by woodwind instruments. But in the mid-80's, Delerue's music became practiced in the style of John Williams' big, dramatically popular scores. The culmination of Delerue's dramatic talents came with 1986's Platoon, for which he composed agonizing adagio that is equal to (if not better than) Samuel Barber's famous piece that director Oliver Stone opted to use in much of the film instead. This ridiculous and unnecessary move by Stone likely robbed Delerue of another Academy Award and additionally deserved public spotlight. He died just as a storybook would have it; before leaving the sound studio on the final day of recording Rich in Love in 1992, Delerue was struck by a fatal stroke. He spent his last few moments surrounded by his own incredible music, and with the assistance of such compilations as this crystal clear "Great Composers" album set from Varèse Sarabande in 2001, he will not be soon forgotten. To discuss the grand merits of each and every score would cause an analysis to ramble on for pages about the numerous strengths of each, so this review is targeted specifically at questions people have expressed about the re-recordings contained on this product.

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Total Time: 153:47
CD1: (77:12)

• 1. Platoon - Theme (6:54)
• 2. Rich and Famous - Suite (4:54)
• 3. Her Alibi - End Title (5:28)
• 4. Beaches - Friendship (3:27)
• 5. Exposed - Suite (9:16)
• 6. Biloxi Blues - Main Title (2:32)
• 7. Steel Magnolias - Suite (8:06)
• 8. Interlude - Theme (3:21)
• 9. The Escape Artist - Suite (7:22)
• 10. The Pick Up Artist - Theme (3:08)
• 11. Man Woman and Child - Theme (3:19)
• 12. Memories of Me - Suite (6:48)
• 13. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Suite (11:48)
CD2: (76:35)

• 1. Homage a Francois Truffaut - Suite (12:09)
i. Shoot The Piano Player / ii. Love at 20
iii. Jules and Jim / iv. The Soft Skin
v. Two English Girls / vi. Such A Gorgeous Girl Like Me
vii. Vivement Dimanche / viii. Day for Night
ix. The Woman Next Door / x. The Last Metro

• 2. Maxie - End Title (4:04)
• 3. House On Carroll Street - Theme (3:10)
• 4. A Little Sex - Suite (9:25)
• 5. Maid to Order - Theme (2:12)
• 6. Crimes of the Heart - Suite (10:51)
• 7. Man Trouble - End Title (2:45)
• 8. A Little Romance - Main Title (3:12)
• 9. Rich in Love - Suite (8:44)
• 10. Agnes of God - Suite (9:38)
• 11. Black Robe - Suite (9:52)

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The insert includes lengthy commentary by Robert Townson, with information regarding each score.
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