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Composed and Lyrics by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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Sony Classical

Sony Classical
(March 7th, 2000)
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Both the 1999 European and 2000 American releases by Sony are regular commercial products.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Patrick Doyle's (or any contemporary composer's) sense of weighty classicism and, in particular, you enjoy explosively frenetic piano performances over a full orchestral ensemble.

Avoid it... if you require that your scores form a fluid, cohesive whole no matter how brilliant their individual parts.
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WRITTEN 3/10/00, REVISED 6/30/08
East-West (Est-Ouest): (Patrick Doyle) Under its French title, Est-Ouest was the country's foreign language nominee for a 1999 Academy Award. Director Regis Wargnier's examination of post-World War II life in France and Russia was widely acclaimed and eventually picked up by Sony for international distribution the following year. Immediately after the end of the war, a French woman and her Russian husband relocate to his homeland and quickly discover that Soviet rule is not as advertised. Their efforts to move back to Paris are thwarted by the government, and they are forced to rely on the help of a young swimmer who complicates matters by forming a love triangle due to the faltering wife's affections. The location and romantic appeal inspired composer Patrick Doyle to return from his battle with leukemia to write one of the most passionate scores of his career. Doyle had collaborated with Wargnier for Indochine and Une Femme Francais in the 1990's, two powerfully dramatic scores of classical weight, and the composer would take that sound a few steps further for East-West. It had been almost two years since Doyle's last widespread score, Great Expectations, hinted at some of the themes that you hear in East-West, with The Quest for Camelot an enigma in between. Doyle's emotionally complex and grand orchestral style for this score is expressed in three very distinct elements that he brings to the table. First, he continues his habit of writing extremely heavy, dramatic themes and integrating them very well into a harmonic backdrop with mainly layers of strings. He composes three separate themes for East-West, one each for the swimmer, the French woman, and the oppressive circumstances in which they all find themselves caught.

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Bruno Costa - December 5, 2010, at 11:21 a.m.
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One of the best albums I have ever heard
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Doyle is the best!
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All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:37
• 1. Opening Titles (2:04)
• 2. Farewell of a Slav - traditional/choral (2:11)
• 3. Arrival in Kiev (1:51)
• 4. Forgive Me (1:22)
• 5. Babouchka (2:08)
• 6. Jeopardy (2:00)
• 7. Smuglianka - traditional/choral (2:39)
• 8. The Church (1:07)
• 9. You're Doing It for Us (3:16)
• 10. Betrayal (0:42)
• 11. Alexei and Olga (2:12)
• 12. The River (1:50)
• 13. The Race (1:26)
• 14. Madame Bovary (2:52)
• 15. I'll Never Give You (3:26)
• 16. The Plan (1:52)
• 17. The Cliffs (0:50)
• 18. The Black Sea (1:53)
• 19. Nightingales - traditional/choral (3:25)
• 20. La Mer (1:29)
• 21. You Must Stay Alive (2:43)
• 22. Farewell Tango (1:21)
• 23. The Escape (3:20)
• 24. Freedom (1:29)
• 25. The Land (3:57)

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The insert includes a picture of Doyle with Wargnier, accompanying the following note from the composer:

    "I've always had a great love and fascination for Slavic music, and the prospect of working in this genre again with Regis on such a particularly fine script was irresistible.

    From the outset I was determined to try and do justice to this great musical heritage in endeavouring to tap into its soul and spirit. The struggle of cultures and peoples is inevitably reflected in their music and never more so than in Slavic music.

    I had the privilege of being able to visit both Kiev and Sofia in order to visit the film locations and absorb the uniquely disparate ways of life in both countries. This seems a natural, essential and invaluable process in creating a score.

    After seeing the first rough assembly of the film in Paris I heard immediately the combination of piano and orchestra in the Russian style to try and capture Sacha's energy and determination. This was inspired and eventually employed as the piano motor theme, which drives the swimming sequences.

    During one of the principal scenes where Alexei cries and is comforted by Marie, in order to reflect Alexei's gentle and deeply thoughtful nature I used a combination of divided celli and violi to introduce his theme. The main theme of the film is Marie's which had to be one of struggle but not without hope, this having its final statement as the border gate rises.

    The end title song was a golden opportunity to try and create my own tribute to the great Russian sacred choral music tradition. I was privileged to have the voice of Anatoly Fokonov and the Bulgarian Mixed Choir.

    Regis has shot a beautiful picture which was a constant source of musical inspiration. His work with the actors is brilliant, and the performances are a joy to behold -- for all of this I thank him.

    Special thanks to Regis Wargnier, Yves Marmion, Lawrence Ashmore, James Shearman, Emanuel Ax, Roy Prendergast, Maggie Rodford, Nick Wollage, Borislav & Elena Chouchkov, Donka Mangatcheva, all the crew at Bulgarian National Radio, Gerard Crosnier and Pierre Nicolas, Peter Gelb, Paul Cremo, Peter Cho, Scott Edel, and Vicki Quinn.

    This album is dedicated to the memory of Paul Hulme."
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