Maurice Jarre – a tribute to David Lean
In commemoration of David Lean’s 100th birthday
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Stefan Karrer,
100 years ago, David Lean was born in Croydon, Greater London. Over the
span of his successful career, David Lean would become one of the most
influential and respected filmmakers of the 20th century, winning praise
from directors such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. To this day,
his films "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Doctor Zhivago"
(1965), "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) and "A Passage to India"
(1984) still play in arthouse theaters all over the world.
The scores to these four films were written and composed by David Lean’s
close friend Maurice Jarre. For his work in "Lawrence of Arabia",
"Doctor Zhivago" and "A Passage to India", Mr. Jarre won
the Academy Award for Best Original Score. A few weeks after David
Lean’s death, during the tribute concert with the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, the composer’s emotional state was obvious, and could be felt
in the audience’s fervor and enthusiasm.
Milan Records is proud to present MAURICE JARRE – A TRIBUTE TO DAVID
LEAN, a Special Edition DVD/CD Combo of the concert recorded live at the
Barbican Center in London (1992) This edition includes a full audio
commentary of the concert by conductor / composer Maurice Jarre himself.
Mr. Jarre shares many anecdotes about the different films he worked on
with David Lean. He mentions his experience on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA,
having to replace the original composer and deliver a film score within
a very short period of time. On "Doctor Zhivago", he had to
conduct 35 balalaika players who couldn’t read musical scores, in
addition to a full orchestra.
Mr. Jarre also explains the complex techniques of synchronizing the music
of a full orchestra with film footage. During the concert itself,
excerpts of the films were projected on a screen behind the orchestra.
While conducting, Mr. Jarre had to keep an eye on the orchestra, the
chronometer in front of him, and the projected film excerpts in order
for the music to match the image.
On a more humorous note, he also mentions a recording session in Los
Angeles where his entire orchestra slowed down and eventually stopped
playing after having spotted Sophia Loren in the technician’s booth.
During the hour-long audio commentary, Maurice Jarre shares these and
many more stories and insights about his career, his work with Sir David
Lean, and his tribute concert to the filmmaker.
In addition to the full concert and the audio commentary, the DVD also
contains an exclusive 35-minute interview of Maurice Jarre, extensive
filmographies and biographies of Mr. Jarre and Mr. Lean as well as an
essay by film critic Christian Lauliac on the lives and works of the two
(Full Concert Video)
2. Ryan's Daughter Suite
3. A Passage to India
4. Doctor Zhivago
6. A Passage to India (Garden of Statues)
7. Lawrence of Arabia Suite
Full audio commentary by Maurice Jarre
CD: Full album in Enhanced Stereo, plus audio of the bonus track "A
Passage to India" (Garden Statues) from the DVD concert program
Maurice Jarre interview with Chrsitian Lauliac (35 minutes)
Biographies and filmographies
02. Ryan's Daughter Suite
03. A Passage to India Suite
04. Doctor Zhivago Suite
06. Lawrence of Arabia Suite
Special edition dvd & cd was released October 23, 2007
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