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 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

If AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK has been the most exciting score i've listened to all this long summer, the award to the most boring one goes to TOPAZ. I usually love Maurice Jarre's compositions A LOT but this score is a real bore to me. And since i have not read any comment about it...


I'm afraid I have to agree with you, Anabel. The complete Topaz is a disappointment. I was perfectly happy with just the March from my Silva Hitchcock collection with the City of Prague Philharmonic but I didn't knew I was...


Not to mention the orchestration of that rerecorded March you're referring to is even superior to Jarre's own.


I liked of TOPAZ, not big score but has some interesting parts, the March is great, there's a suspense mainly theme and has some latin's themes interesting. I'm not disappointed with it, I already knew the movie and I knew what to expect of it

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2012 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

OK, adilson, no need to repost your view a sixth time - you made yourself perfectly clear! big grin

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2012 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

Could someone (perhaps our resident Delerue aficionado?) weigh in on L'Africain? A thoughtful critique of the music and album production perhaps?

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2012 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

Could someone (perhaps our resident Delerue aficionado?) weigh in on L'Africain? A thoughtful critique of the music and album production perhaps?

Thoughtful critique of the music : Go for it!

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2012 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I think that while L'AFRICAIN certainly is not avantgarde nor subtle, it is a thoroughly entertaining and old-fashioned 45 minutes album (additionally, the CD also includes a new 15 minute suite representing key works from the Delerue/de Broca collaboration) of pure listening pleasure. Some might find it a tad bit kitschy, and it is certainly far from showing any signs of irony or distance from the subject. Delerue composed an unabashedly and seriously romantic score featuring a very catchy main title theme that resembles a small set of Africa picture postcards from another time. It is a great listening experience (even on repeated plays) if you are willing to accept its premise: Indulging in in a picture book idea of Africa can be much pleasure.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2012 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

OK, adilson, no need to repost your view a sixth time - you made yourself perfectly clear! big grin

sorry, this duplication messages was due my internet connection
About L'Africain I loved the the love theme, very beautiful and very inspired and with personality, about the whole score I think is a standard Georges Delerue score

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2012 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   Leland   (Member)

I like "Topaz" - the score.
The Russian march is excellent, the themes of the dramatic score are fine.
I feel the score works quite well within the movie.
But the movie is a stinker that remains stinking on TV,
even today after more than forty years.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   franzfan   (Member)

Just took delivery of L'Africain (together with some other Delerue CDs)...WOW! Love this CD. the Main Theme is gorgeous a la typical Delerue style.

For years I ignored this composer...I was hooked on typical Hollywood composers. Glad that I eventually woke up a couple of years ago. A Master (or should that be Maestro!) of Melody!

And the bonus track 'Suite Symphonique de Broca' is truly fabulous. A 17 minute suite of themes from several movies in which Delerue collaborated with Broca is beautifully played by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hernando Rico (a name that was unknown to me before hearing this recording) with solo pianist Raymond Alessandrini.

I highly recommend this CD to all but in particular to those who may have let Delerue pass them by heretofore!

Paul

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Always great to read the comments of another Delerue fan!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

A bit late, but here's my review of the spectacular L'Africain, if anyone's interested (and even if they're not, they should certainly be interested in the album):

http://www.movie-wave.net/lafricain/

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

A bit late, but here's my review of the spectacular L'Africain, if anyone's interested (and even if they're not, they should certainly be interested in the album):

http://www.movie-wave.net/lafricain/


Wonderful review! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I still share James' enthusiasm for this album (L'AFRICAIN) – my personal favourite film music release of the year 2012. smile

 
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