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Fedora
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1989 Varèse
2014 Varèse
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Composed and Conducted by:
Miklós Rózsa

Produced by:
George Korngold

Performed by:
The Symphonic-Orchester Graunke

Darryl Denning
(on Crisis)
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Varèse Sarabande
(1989)

Varèse Sarabande
(December 15th, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Only 1,200 copies were printed of the 1989 album, the second entry in the Varèse Sarabande CD Club. It sold for more than $100 after 2000. The 2014 re-issue was limited to 1,000 copies within the same CD Club and also sold out quickly.
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Buy it... without hesitation on either rare CD pressing if you are a Miklós Rózsa collector and wish to hear his trademark, nostalgic 1940's style in superior sound quality during the final years of his career.

Avoid it... if the style of Rózsa's Golden Age romanticism for a badly misplaced late-1970's film doesn't compute with your digital era ears, or if your interest in the album is too casual to justify the price of either collectible album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,193
WRITTEN 6/26/97, REVISED 2/6/15
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2014 Album
Fedora/Crisis: (Miklós Rózsa) There are parallels to be drawn between the convoluted plot of Fedora and the actual, real-life circumstances surrounding the depressing, nostalgic end of director Billy Wilder and composer Miklós Rózsa's collaboration in 1978. The film was Wilder's attempt to recapture the success of the concept behind his classic Sunset Boulevard several decades earlier. Once again, an aging actress is an elusive recluse, living on an island under a false identity. So obsessed with her beauty from Hollywood's Golden Age, the actress passes off her daughter as herself, even forcing her daughter to accept an honorary Oscar while she pretends to be the mother. A washed up director played by a frail-looking William Holden (once again recalling Sunset Boulevard) attempts to rekindle a working collaboration with the actress and falls into the mystery that tragically ends with daughter committing suicide and the real actress dying peacefully as a fictitious countess of the island. It was too overly melodramatic, really, especially when late 1970's audiences expected to see starships in realistic battle. The film was a monumental failure, shelved for a year while the studio pondered what to do with it and ultimately identified by critics as a sadly desperate attempt by Wilder, who was in failing health by the time, to resurrect his reputation with another 1940's classic thirty years later. He even went so far as to employ the services of one his last remaining living collaborating composers, Rózsa, with whom he had experienced a personal disagreement for decades since their original projects of the 1940's earned both great recognition. Rózsa was also in the final years of his career, though while physical ailments would keep him from film score production, he continued to write concert music through the 1980's. Less than half a dozen scores followed Fedora for Rózsa, including the remarkable Time After Time, though the quality of his work never significantly declined in his final efforts. One of the most interesting aspects of Rózsa's career is that he never altered the style of composition that he established in the 1940's, even in the post-Star Wars era of bravado and synthesizers. His score for Fedora, to the delight of his longtime collectors, retains the same styles of thematic structures that most of his scores had maintained for a lifetime.



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Average: 3.33 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:36
Fedora:

• 1. Prelude and Fedora Appears (1:14)
• 2. The Island (2:48)
• 3. Dejected (1:05)
• 4. Rain (4:37)
• 5. Souvenir de Corfu (1:25)
• 6. Always the Actress (4:18)
• 7. Discovered (1:29)
• 8. Disappointed (1:00)
• 9. No Escape (1:52)
• 10. The Oscar (4:00)
• 11. Search in the Villa (7:04)
• 12. Fedora's Daughter (1:18)
• 13. Butcher! (3:05)
• 14. Star Mother (1:06)
• 15. Metamorphosis (0:50)
• 16. Deception (3:00)
• 17. Escape (2:27)
• 18. Finale (1:31)
Crisis:

• 19. Introduction (1:12)
• 20. March of the Revolution (1:01)
• 21. Village Square (3:42)
• 22. Fandango (1:20)
• 23. La Carta de Rehen (1:18)
• 24. Finale (1:06)

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The inserts of both albums include detailed information about the score and film. All copies of the 1989 pressing were hand-numbered.
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