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 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Music Composed by Richard Rodney Bennett

To this day, Murder on the Orient Express (1974) is one of the most successful, stylish and faithful adaptations of Agatha Christie ever made for the silver screen. Sidney Lumet directed an all-star cast, built around Albert Finney’s fascinating portrayal of Christie’s famous Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards (winning a Best Supporting Actress statuette for Ingrid Bergman) and ten BAFTA Awards (winning two acting awards and the Anthony Asquith Award for Richard Rodney Bennett’s extraordinary score).

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012) excelled in several musical careers. In addition to film scores, he composed concert works in a variety of styles; he was also an accomplished jazz pianist and a popular cabaret performer. His elegant and glamorous music for Murder on the Orient Express spotlights two remarkable themes: a posh, 1930s-style piano-based main title and a sophisticated, melodious waltz. Emphasizing style over menace (but not lacking in the latter), Bennett’s score was often cited as one of his finest contributions to the genre.

Quartet Records is particularly pleased, so soon after Bennett’s lamentable passing, to make the Capitol Records soundtrack LP of Murder (containing almost every cue) once again available to eager fans. Sourced from the original EMI album master and featuring new liner notes by Frank K. DeWald—illustrated with numerous production stills—this latest addition to the Quartet catalog features the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, conducted by Marcus Dods.




This release are available for pre-order now. The CD will ship the second week of February.

For more info and listen the audio samples, please visit www.quartetrecords.com

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

Nice one!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

As one of the resident 80s/90s geeks around here, I'm pleased to say that this will be my first Richard Rodney Bennett purchase! smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I don't have any of the prior releases of this score. I will pick this up.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

One of RRB's best. I have an older issue, but this Quartet one will be butter for sure.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Geez, Quartet keeps putting out one great release after another. Will definitely be getting this one along with WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP/CROSSPLOT.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Altamese   (Member)

I saw this movie when it was first released in theaters and loved it. *The* best adaption of an Agatha Christie book ever.

(Though I do admit a sneaking fondness for Tony Randall's The Alphabet Murders.)

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Wasn't this the score that Herrmann screamed at Elmer Bernstein about?

"What is with this music? IT SHOULD BE A TRAIN OF DEATH!"

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Already have the LP and the CD but I'll grab this Quartet release for sure!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Is this a limited edition?

Alex

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Already have the LP and the CD but I'll grab this Quartet release for sure!

WHY?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Can we hope for some French and Italian soundtrack releases from the 60s-70s in the near future from Quartet? It has been a little while now.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Is this a limited edition?

Alex


I can't see anything about it being limited on the Quartet site.

Will be picking this up soon. Missed out on previous releases.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I love it when I revisit a movie, want the soundtrack but it isn't readily available, and then within weeks it comes to me like a gift, new and spiffy. Many thanks, Quartet!

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Already have the LP and the CD but I'll grab this Quartet release for sure!

WHY?


why not?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I notice that one track of the album is called "Entr'Acte." Does this mean that the film at one time played with an intermission?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

I notice that one track of the album is called "Entr'Acte." Does this mean that the film at one time played with an intermission?

No intermission when I saw it first run . I suppose the booklet notes will explain.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2015 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

I notice that one track of the album is called "Entr'Acte." Does this mean that the film at one time played with an intermission?

I always thought it was just a throw-back to the film feeling very much like an Agatha Christie play, but perhaps there was a roadshow version?

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2015 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

So how does the Quartet reissue compare with the DRG version? And anyone have any clue as to why SAE is still selling a copy of the DRG, unsealed, for $50?

 
 Posted:   Nov 7, 2018 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

So how does the Quartet reissue compare with the DRG version?



I'd be interested to know too.




 
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