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Georges Delerue: The London Sessions
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1990 London Sessions: Volume One
1990 London Sessions: Volume Two
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1990 London Sessions: Volume Three
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2001 Great Composers
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2018 Complete London Sessions
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Georges Delerue

Co-Conducted and Co-Produced by:
Frank Fitzpatrick

Co-Produced by:
Robert Townson
Richard Kraft
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Varèse Sarabande
(Volume One)

Varèse Sarabande
(Volume Two)

Varèse Sarabande
(Volume Three)

Varèse Sarabande
(Great Composers)
(March 13th, 2001)

Varèse Sarabande
(Complete Sessions)
(June 18th, 2018)
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All the Varèse albums are regular U.S. release except for the 2018 set, which is part of the Varèse CD Club, limited to 1,000 copies and available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets. The first three albums were part of the label's "Masters Film Music" series.
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 11/29/18
Georges Delerue: The London Sessions: (Compilations) The film music community suffered an enormous loss in 1992 when veteran composer Georges Delerue succumbed to a stroke and left the world without its greatest contemporary French composer. With what was a truly 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 optimistically rooted in the major-key, easily recognizable due to its spirited heart and genuine caring, and it always, always, includes a memorable melody and fluid sense of movement. 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 sprightly and whimsically lofty, often featuring flighty, jazzy performances by solo woodwind instruments. But in the mid-1980's, Delerue's music became practiced in the style of John Williams' larger, dramatically popular scores. The culmination of Delerue's dramatic talents arguably arrived 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.

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1990 London Sessions: Volume One Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:10
• 1. Platoon - Theme (6:54)
• 2. Rich and Famous - Suite (4:55)
• 3. Her Alibi - End Title (5:28)
• 4. Beaches - Friendship (3:27)
• 5. Exposed - Suite (9:17)
• 6. Biloxi Blues - Theme (2:32)
• 7. A Little Romance - Suite (3:29)
• 8. Crimes of the Heart - Suite (10:42)
• 9. Her Alibi - Between You and Me - performed by Carl Anderson and Eileen Clark (3:45)
• 10. Rich and Famous - Reprise (1:11)
1990 London Sessions: Volume Two Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:42
1991 London Sessions: Volume Three Tracks   ▼Total Time: 58:37
2001 Great Composers Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 153:47
2018 London Sessions Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 117:46

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The inserts of all the albums include lengthy commentary by Robert Townson about the composer and information regarding each score featured.
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