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Last Embrace
(1981)
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1991 Varèse
2008 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:
Miklós Rózsa

1991 Album Produced by:
Tom Null

Re-Recording Performed by:
The Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra

2008 Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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The 1991 dual album was the ninth entry in the Varèse Sarabande CD Club, with only 1,000 copies pressed. It sold for $150 in the early 2000's. The 2008 Intrada album is limited to 2,000 copies and sold though soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. It had not sold out within three years of its release.
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Buy it... on the 1991 Varèse album if you are a Miklós Rózsa completist and are interested in two of his final scores that are solid in sound quality and compositional merit despite exhibiting some flimsy militaristic material.

Avoid it... if Rózsa's lush Golden Age romanticism doesn't impress you regardless of sound quality, despite its understandable application to films of the 1970's and 1980's that were attempting to resurrect the best of the noir thriller generation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,180
WRITTEN 6/26/97, REVISED 7/22/11
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Last Embrace: (Miklós Rózsa) An early and relatively unheralded film by director Jonathan Demme for United Artists, Last Embrace tensely follows the states of paranoia that a CIA agent experiences after seeing his spouse executed while on a mission and figuring that he is the next target of either his employer or another interest. He spends the majority of the film chasing after leads with the help of a mysterious woman, only to end up in a climactic confrontation at Niagara Falls. The lead performance by actor Roy Scheider as the protagonist whose sanity is in constant doubt was widely considered the highlight of the film. It also represented one of the final scoring assignments for legendary Golden Age composer Miklós Rózsa before his choice to retire from the industry. After the end of the studio contract system that bound composers as recently as the early 1960's, one of the most displaced artists was Rózsa. The maestro was as far removed from the biblical epics the 1950's and 1960's that had served as the climax of his career, and after taking several years in the latter decade removed from film music all together, he resumed regular freelance scoring duties in the late 1960's and 1970's. Unfortunately, few of his scores from the last dozen years of his career accompanied particularly memorable films. His collaborations often produced unimpressive results or, in the case of Fedora and Billy Wilder, ruined his professional relationships. While Fedora and Time After Time are generally considered to be truly the last of his great scores, Rózsa's remaining few works weren't as reflective of the composer's decline in health as some might suggest. Rózsa went on to live for another entire decade after finishing his film scoring career, with the recording process simply taking too much energy for him to muster by the 1980's. His scores for two thrillers, Last Embrace in 1978 and Eye of the Needle in 1981 ultimately exhibited many similarities, including the sharing of what was, for a long time, the final album of importance representing the composer's works.



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Average: 3.44 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:02
Eye of the Needle:

• 1. Prelude (2:11)
• 2. English Wedding (1:57)
• 3. The Blond Agent/Blondie's Death (2:55)
• 4. Camouflage (3:08)
• 5. Love Scene (1:56)
• 6. The Fight (3:05)
• 7. Passion/Love Theme (4:25)
• 8. Frantic Drive/Despair (3:06)
• 9. The Broken Heart/Revulsion (2:55)
• 10. Escape (4:33)
• 11. The Hostage/The Lamp (3:20)
• 12. Retribution (4:38)
• 13. Finale/Epilogue (3:15)
Last Embrace:

• 14. Prelude/Memories (4:02)
• 15. The Belfry (2:16)
• 16. GoodNight Ellie (2:31)
• 17. The Drive (2:45)
• 18. Dreamland (1:43)
• 19. The Killer/Pursuit (5:26)
• 20. Niagara Falls (2:24)
• 21. The Tunnel/Finale (3:39)
2008 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 58:19

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The insert of the 1991 Varèse album includes detailed information about the score and film. All copies of that product were numbered by hand. The insert of the 2008 Intrada album also contains information about the score and film.
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