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The Classic Film Music Of Georges Auric 3 / Adriano, Et Al


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 225070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges Auric
Performer:  Irina StepanovaOxana ZadoenkoAndrei ReinNikolai Kamaliatov,   ... 
Conductor:  Adriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some of Georges Auric's best music has been saved for Volume 3 in Marco Polo's series devoted to his film scores. Notre-Dame de Paris, known as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in this country, was a somewhat lackluster filming of the famous Victor Hugo story, shot in Cinemascope with Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo and Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda. Auric's score has some lovely romantic music, as well as an imposing chorale tune to identify the cathedral itself. There are two suites from this score on this CD: one a full orchestra synthesis of important scenes; the other, titled "Esmeralda, a little dance suite for two harps, two guitars, & cello", more intimate music written in an old style to serve as source music.

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Lola Montez was the last movie of famed director Max Ophuls, and it tells the story of the famous, scandalous courtesan who in the movie has been reduced to reliving her story as a circus act. Since the movie is based in the big ring yet makes frequent flashback excursions to the past, Auric has a field day at writing in different styles. The colorful suite presented here serves exceptionally well on its own as pure music without the visuals. Farandole, a cyclical tale of infidelity, is scored more economically than Notre-Dame de Paris or Lola Montez, with an eye to dealing with problems of early optical recording. Marco Polo has whisked Swiss maestro Adriano to Russia for this recording with excellent results. The virtuoso Moscow musicians play like they have lived on a Hollywood sound stage all their lives and the recorded sound is broad, spacious, and exciting. All in all, a most enjoyable release.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Notre-Dame de Paris: Suite by Georges Auric
Conductor:  Adriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Notre-Dame de Paris: Esmeralda by Georges Auric
Performer:  Irina Stepanova (Harp), Oxana Zadoenko (Harp), Andrei Rein (Guitar),
Nikolai Kamaliatov (Guitar), Lubov Burtchakova (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
Lola Montez: Suite by Georges Auric
Conductor:  Adriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 28 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Farandole: Suite by Georges Auric
Conductor:  Adriano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 12 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Notre Dame de Paris Suite: Main Title - Destiny
Notre Dame de Paris Suite: March of the Vagabonds
Notre Dame de Paris Suite: The Tryst - The Assassination Attempt
Notre Dame de Paris Suite: Flowers for Esmeralda
Notre Dame de Paris Suite: Quasimodo's Despair - The Cellar of Montfaucon - Finale
Notre-Dame de Paris: Intrada
Notre-Dame de Paris: Fandangol
Notre-Dame de Paris: Jota et Habanera
Notre-Dame de Paris: Fandango II
Notre-Dame de Paris: Final
Lola Montez Suite: Main Title - The Circus
Lola Montez Suite: Lola's Childhood and Youth
Lola Montez Suite: Welcome Waltz
Lola Montez Suite: The Cossacks
Lola Montez Suite: From One Scandal to Another
Lola Montez Suite: Farewell Waltz I
Lola Montez Suite: Fandango
Lola Montez Suite: Minuet
Lola Montez Suite: Farewell Waltz II
Lola Montez Suite: Revolution in Munich
Lola Montez Suite: Epilogue
Farandole Suite: Main Title
Farandole Suite: Reveries
Farandole Suite: Mysteries
Farandole Suite: Subterfuges - Finale

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