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 Posted:   Jul 9, 2018 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   Music Box Records   (Member)

THE BEAR (L'OURS)
Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by Philippe Sarde
Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Carlo Savina


New remastered and expanded edition.
66 minutes of music, including 20 minutes of music never released before.
12-page CD booklet with liner notes by Sylvain Pfeffer.
Limited Edition of 500 units.

Ref: MBR-136
Release Date: July 9, 2018

In collaboration with Pathé Films, Music Box Records presents the remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of Philippe Sarde’s score to the 1988 adventure film The Bear directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Quest for Fire, Wolf Totem).

The Bear was released on 19 October 1988 in France, and 27 October 1989 in the United States. The film was a huge success in France. Adapted from the novel The Grizzly King by American author James Oliver Curwood, the screenplay was written by Gérard Brach (The Tenant, The Name of the Rose). The film tells the story of Youk, a playful and clumsy orphaned bear cub who travels through the preserved landscapes of British Colombia in the late 19th Century and befriends an adult male grizzly. This budding friendship is threatened by the unrelenting chase of two hunters. There are no dialogues in the film: sounds and atmospheres, lights, landscapes and music carry the meaning of the story instead of language.

For the score, Jean-Jacques Annaud wished the music to be built around a theme that would be easy to remember and chose the Barcarolle from op.37a of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Seasons. Philippe Sarde decided to transform this simple and touching melody for piano into a great symphonic piece. He also composed various original themes, oscillating between orchestral denseness and more intimate moments. Carlo Savina conducted the London Symphony Orchestra. The album also includes bonus tracks with previously unreleased variations on Tchaikovsky’s theme, recorded by Philippe Sarde at the time of the production, and played by great soloists such as Keith Harvey (cello), Michael Davis (violin), John Williams (guitar) and Hubert Laws (flute).

Assembled by Édouard Dubois and supervised by the composer, this newly remastered album features the same program as the previous vinyl and CD editions released in 1988; but rather than presenting this content as suites, the album offers new editing choices and a new order to ensure the best possible listening experience. The 12-page booklet features exclusive liner notes by writer Sylvain Pfeffer discussing the film and the score with new comments by Philippe Sarde and Jean-Jacques Annaud.



TRACK LISTING:

1. Pastorale (04:46)
2. Liberté (01:43)
3. Festin interrompu (01:51)
4. Apprentissage de la solitude (02:09)
5. La menace (01:27)
6. L'amitié (02:13)
7. Hallucinations (01:59)
8. Funestes présages (05:33)
9. La fuite (02:01)
10. Veillée et aube (04:27)
11. La traque (04:03)
12. Orphelin (03:16)
13. La meute (02:50)
14. Épilogue (03:26)
15. Générique fin (03:32)

BONUS TRACKS
16. Variation 1 (Dolce) (01:47)
17. Variation 2 (Giocoso) (03:20)
18. Variation 3 (Con malinconia) (03:54)
19. Thème (04:22)
20. Variation 4 (Con spirito) (02:53)
21. Variation 5 (Doloroso) (03:42)

Total Time • 66:10

For sound clips, please visit: https://www.musicbox-records.com/en/6326-l-ours-the-bear.html

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KAUFMAN’S GAME
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by Philippe Jakko


World Premiere CD Release.
8-page CD booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai.
Limited Edition of 300 units.

Ref: MBR-141
Release Date: July 9, 2018

In collaboration with MovieScore Media, Music Box Records is pleased to present the premiere CD release of the score to the 2017 thriller film Kaufman’s Game (2017) composed by French composer Philippe Jakko (Allies, Le Cœur en braille aka Heartstrings).

Written and directed by Helier Bissell-Thomas, Kaufman’s Game tells the story of Stanley (Jye Frasca), a young man who dreams of becoming a champion boxer despite the fact his physical build makes him unsuitable for such heavy workload. When a stranger approaches him outside the gym with the offer of a specially produced steroid, Stanley gets drawn into the increasingly more violent operations of a powerful organization, while unwittingly entering into a series of tests designed to prove his mettle.

“The music had to be eerie, ominous, mysterious, with tension as a modern film noir,” explains Philippe Jakko about the project. “In order to keep an anxiogenic ambiance, I used unusual harmonies, atonal moments, glissandi, quarter tones; harmonics. But I didn’t want it to sound like an horror soundtrack, the music has to be sometimes cold, other times it needed to be warmer. I also used traditional leitmotif techniques, such as giving Stanley a soft piano arpeggio or a Moog synth for the Mafia guys.” The score uses a small ensemble of strings, horns, electronic synths, cristal baschet, vintage organ, programmings and a few parts for cello, played by soloist Eve-Marie Caravassilis.

The 8-page booklet features liner notes by Gergely Hubai, discussing the film and the score, based on an original interview with the composer. Limited edition of 300 units.



TRACK LISTING:

1. Kaufman’s Adagio (3:16)
2. The Boxer (2:14)
3. Mafia on Rooftop, Pt. 1 (3:55)
4. The Needle (3:04)
5. The Shower (1:24)
6. Stanley in the Building (2:45)
7. Kaufman (7:19)
8. Running (1:40)
9. London Night (4:18)
10. Gunshot in the Street (5:22)
11. The Crypt (4:59)
12. A Good Scare (3:45)
13. Remember My Father (5:16)
14. Stanley (1:25)
15. Mafia at Night (1:27)
16. The Chemist (4:23)
17. Mafia on Rooftop, Pt. 2 (2:40)
18. Stanley on the Bridge (1:24)
19. The Dream (1:55)
20. Epilogue (1:45)

Total Time • 64:17

For sound clips, please visit: https://www.musicbox-records.com/en/6327-kaufman-s-game.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2018 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

The Bear! Awesome! I love this score, written during a period when Sarde was on fire. Glad to see this back into the market, might just have to dabble in a repeat purchase... Incidentally I just revisited this film the other night, which I really love a great deal (atrocious, pointless english dubbing in the US cut notwithstanding).

The Jakko score sounds rather interesting as well, if maybe not wholly my cup of tea based on the samples; any other recommendations from this composers' output that curmudgeonly old "orchestral or bust" fan like might enjoy?

 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2018 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

OMFG!!!!!

The Bear is one of my favorite films and scores of all time. An absolute masterpiece!!!!! Thank you! Thank you!

MV

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2018 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   AdamoH   (Member)

this looks great..question what music was used for the trailer?? was hoping for the trailer music for this to be on there..Thanks!! Great release!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2018 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I had The Bear on cassette and played it a lot. Awesome release! But that cover.... Why is the bear standing upright and why is she holding two cans of beer?

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2018 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

"Pastorale" reminds me of something else. Something from Aliens perhaps? Were both swiped from a piece of classical music?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2018 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Honestly never heard of either, I do like Sarde willing to check both scores out & hopefully buy both if i like what i hear. Thanks Music Box well done, always look forward to your releases.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2018 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Honestly never heard of either, I do like Sarde willing to check both scores out & hopefully buy both if i like what i hear. Thanks Music Box well done, always look forward to your releases.

I forgot how much I love the Bear! It's well worth picking up IMHO.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2018 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Honestly never heard of either, I do like Sarde willing to check both scores out & hopefully buy both if i like what i hear. Thanks Music Box well done, always look forward to your releases.

I forgot how much I love the Bear! It's well worth picking up IMHO.


Yeah.. agreed, just saw its 500, the amount of scores i have of Sarde i should've known better, this one through me off the other composer i haven't heard of before.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2018 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

In collaboration with Pathé Films, Music Box Records presents the remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of Philippe Sarde’s score to the 1988 adventure film The Bear

... and this generation of The Bear appears to have gotten extinct even before it's actual 30th anniversary.

https://www.musicbox-records.com/en/cd-soundtracks/6326-l-ours-the-bear.html?search_query=Sarde&results=26

A 'roaring' success for Music Box ... eh? wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

In collaboration with Pathé Films, Music Box Records presents the remastered and expanded 30th anniversary edition of Philippe Sarde’s score to the 1988 adventure film The Bear

... and this generation of The Bear appears to have gotten extinct even before it's actual 30th anniversary.

https://www.musicbox-records.com/en/cd-soundtracks/6326-l-ours-the-bear.html?search_query=Sarde&results=26

A 'roaring' success for Music Box ... eh? wink


So is it OOP at Music Box? It can be ordered from MovieMusic. Run don't walk if you don't want to miss out on this gorgeous score.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

A 'roaring' success for Music Box ... eh? wink

I'd say it bear-ly qualifies as such.

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

A 'roaring' success for Music Box ... eh? wink

I'd say it bear-ly qualifies as such.


Bears growl. razz

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2018 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Oh you guys don't know the end of it--
http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=13828&forumID=7&archive=1

 
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