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 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a limited edition soundtrack CD:

THE MIRACLE WORKER

Music Composed by Laurence Rosenthal

In 1962, the Broadway hit The Miracle Worker came to the screen, written by the play’s author, William Gibson, directed by Arthur Penn, who helmed the play, and starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke recreating their stage roles. The film was a hit with critics and audiences. The Miracle Worker was and is a brilliant movie, with two of the greatest female performances ever captured on film. The Academy Awards thought so, too, rewarding Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke with Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress (at the time, Duke was the youngest actress to ever win the award). Penn and Gibson were also nominated (but didn’t take home the prize), as was Ruth Morley for her costumes (she didn’t win either). Not nominated at all was the film’s composer, Laurence Rosenthal. One can’t really argue with the five choices that were made for best original score that year – they included Maurice Jarre’s Lawrence of Arabia (the winner), Bronislau Kaper’s Mutiny on the Bounty, Franz Waxman’s Taras Bulba, Jerry Goldsmith’s Freud, and Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill a Mockingbird – great scores all. But they should have created a sixth slot for Rosenthal, because his music for The Miracle Worker is a true masterpiece of film scoring.

Rosenthal’s score for The Miracle Worker is, to put it plainly, a miracle. His grasp of what makes The Miracle Worker tick and his ability to capture that in musical terms is uncanny. Beginning with the haunting main title as we meet Helen Keller and enter her dark world, and continuing through a series of cues that capture every nuance of character and drama – never overstating, always illuminating, and ultimately as moving a score as has ever been written. There are no words that can capture what Rosenthal achieves in the film’s penultimate cue, “The Miracle/The Keys,” other than to say it is one of the greatest fusions of image and music and emotion ever created. It is the key reason that sequence is one of the most emotional ever put on film – there is never a dry eye as the music swells and Annie Sullivan shouts, “She knows, she knows.” It is one of the greatest moments in all of film.

The Miracle Worker has been released twice before on CD – once on a composer promo and once by Intrada. The latter edition sold out very quickly. It’s always a tough call when doing a rerelease of a limited edition title, but in the case of The Miracle Worker there was no question – the music deserves to be heard by the widest audience possible and because of its quick sellout it never really had a chance beyond the film music collector market. For this release, we have done what we hope you’ll agree are some improvements to the sound. The previous releases both had kind of a reverby faux stereo spread – we’ve gone back to the basics as there was nice room ambience in the original recordings and the score takes on a more immediate sound without the extra reverb. On the previous releases there was a tape crimp problem in the opening notes of the main title – we’ve happily fixed that, and we’ve fixed a few other dropouts and other anomalies. Also, we include two bonus tracks that were not on either of the previous CDs. Unfortunately, the sound is not optimal for the bonus material, but we felt that the music is so good in those two cues (one of which, as you’ll hear, was either rescored for the film or put together for the film as it differs from the originally recorded cue) that we hope you’ll forgive the not-so-hot sound on those two cues just to hear more of this incredible score.

For anyone who’s seen The Miracle Worker, the film is indelibly etched into memory – those performances, that direction, and that amazing score by the amazing Laurence Rosenthal.

THE MIRACLE WORKER is limited to 1000 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the last week of September, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (we’ve been averaging four weeks). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

No need to reserve.

I order it now.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Missed out on the Intrada release. No such mistake this time. Instantly ordered from SAE with Valley Of The Kings (Rosza), Land Of The Pharaohs (Tiomkin) and The Egyptian DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

Great score, if you were unable to get the Intrada release, you will need to pick this one up. I am listening to the Intrada release right now and I am happy with it. To me the reverb is really not "reverby" enough on the Intrada and with "the sound is not optimal for the bonus material" on the Kritzerland, I see no need to upgrade with the new re-release.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I have the original promo 2CD. This is a true masterpiece composed for a great film. Highly recommended!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

While waiting for the CD, here's a little something for The Miracle Worker fans smile

http://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=429107

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   RedOkt64 2.0   (Member)

A flat out, superb, emotionally charged score by the brilliant Laurence Rosenthal.

Special thanks to Kritzerland for making this available...

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Great score. I am glad I jumped on the Intrada when it was released, but also glad that this is re-released for those who missed it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Wonderful score. Great release.

Ordered!

Can't believe this music never received an lp release at the time.

Saw this film when it first came out and was very moved, still am, by the script and performances. And that marvelous black&white cinematography makes the whole thing somehow look like daguerrotypes come to life; has a real feel for the period.

Great job, Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   samloomis   (Member)

Big thanks, Kritzerland. Another instant order. I also love the CD artwork - can't wait to receive this. One exciting release after another - for Golden and early Silver Age releases Kritzerland leads the way yet again.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Big thanks, Kritzerland. Another instant order. I also love the CD artwork - can't wait to receive this. One exciting release after another - for Golden and early Silver Age releases Kritzerland leads the way yet again.

Glad you like the art!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Big thanks, Kritzerland. Another instant order. I also love the CD artwork - can't wait to receive this. One exciting release after another - for Golden and early Silver Age releases Kritzerland leads the way yet again.

Hear, hear !

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Yes, that Cover Artwork is superb. Wonder if this one will go fast? I'm gonna grab me one pronto.

Thanks Bruce for another in your always FantastiFabulous releases!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

THRILLED by this release!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

I ordered it even though I have the Intrada version.
Great score!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Brad Wills   (Member)

There are no words that can capture what Rosenthal achieves in the film’s penultimate cue, “The Miracle/The Keys,” other than to say it is one of the greatest fusions of image and music and emotion ever created. It is the key reason that sequence is one of the most emotional ever put on film – there is never a dry eye as the music swells and Annie Sullivan shouts, “She knows, she knows.” It is one of the greatest moments in all of film.


*sigh*...

Whatever happened to scores like this?

Whatever happened to scenes like this??

Whatever happened to MOVIES like this???

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

I ordered it even though I have the Intrada version.

Myself as well -- although for those of us who are fortunate enough to have copies of the Intrada, I view this as more of a supplement than a replacement. Some (as with Kim Tong, above) may prefer the older mix -- and I'd like to think that the liner notes for the Intrada release will remain of interest, being based on in-depth conversation with maestro Rosenthal. He also wrote his own section of the notes, sharing personal reflections concerning the project. But I am in total agreement that this is a film music masterpiece, and deserves to be heard and enjoyed by all devotees of the art form. If it were solely up to me, it would never be out of print!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

What happened to actors like Anne Bancroft?

"Don't get up. Don't smooth anything else out for me. Don't interfere in any way. I treat her like a seeing child because I ask her to see. I expect her to see! Don't undo what I do!"

My favorite lines uttered by an actor in any movie.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

They're out there, but they rarely get scripts of that caliber!

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2013 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

What happened to actors like Anne Bancroft?

"Don't get up. Don't smooth anything else out for me. Don't interfere in any way. I treat her like a seeing child because I ask her to see. I expect her to see! Don't undo what I do!"

My favorite lines uttered by an actor in any movie.


Can you imagine Bancroft and Duke performing this play -- including the physical battle -- night after night on Broadway? What a wrenching, moving film, one that holds up incredibly well to this day. No one can touch the performances of Anne Bancroft and young Patty Duke. I have the Intrada release of this score but have also ordered the new Kritzerland, both for whatever improvements it contains and also to support and encourage the continuing series of knockout Silver and Golden Age releases from Kritzerland. Keep that great music flowing!

 
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