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 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 2:53 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Debbie WISEMAN

2-CD set. Remastered and expanded edition.
16-page CD booklet with liner notes by Christian Lauliac.
Limited 20th Anniversary Edition of 500 units.

In collaboration with SND, Music Box Records proudly presents the remastered and expanded edition of Debbie Wiseman's score to the 2004 adventure crime film Arsène Lupin.

The film, based on the popular series of crime novels created by Maurice Leblanc, follows the adventures of Arsène Lupin, an aristocratic Belle Époque gentleman robber who preys on the rich and is kind to the poor. Fate teams him up with the beautiful and mysterious Countess of Cagliostro who is involved in a devious plot to recover the treasure of the Kings of France. The film is directed by Jean-Paul Salomé (Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre) and stars Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascal Greggory and Eva Green.

Celebrating the film's 20th anniversary, this new expanded edition finally allows listeners to fully appreciate the variety of Debbie Wiseman’s inspiration (with its delicious mix of action, romance, period drama and light comedy), from the evocation of the historical era the story is set in with waltzes, polkas and ragtime that she composed herself to the spectacular aspects of the plot with its multiple chases and twists and turns that are almost continuously accompanied with music. The magnificient and powerful score is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, with special emphasis on an enlarged brass section, large-scale percussion, and solo performances of both a cimbalom and a glass harmonica. By its magnitude and thematic richness, Debbie Wiseman’s score for Arsène Lupin (Winner of Best Score for a Foreign Language Film and nominated for Score of the Year, Movie Music UK Awards, 2005) can retrospectively be considered as one of the last jewels of a symphonic tradition once prized by blockbusters.

Supervised by Debbie Wiseman, the program has been assembled and produced by musical supervisor Édouard Dubois. This present edition has been fully remastered from complete scoring session elements and features many previously unreleased tracks. The package includes a 16-page booklet featuring exclusive liner notes by writer Christian Lauliac and new comments by Debbie Wiseman, Jean-Paul Salomé, editor Marie-Pierre Renaud and Édouard Dubois. The release is limited to 500 units.



1. Main Title (1:29)
2. Childhood (2:01)
3. Théophraste Under Arrest (0:54)
4. Father's Advice (1:52)
5. Arsène's First Larceny (0:53)
6. The End of Innocence (1:52)
7. Ragtime (2:04)
8. Raoul d'Andrésy (0:44)
9. Transatlantic Waltz (1:19)
10. Polka (1:24)
11. Liner's Escape (1:06)
12. Goodbye Mother (1:29)
13. Clifftop Funeral (2:16)
14. Fencing Practice (1:23)
15. Clarisse and Arsène (1:48)
16. Nightmare (0:43)
17. The Eighth Star Will Be Divine (0:58)
18. To the Abbey (1:09)
19. Joséphine Balsamo (2:16)
20. Death Sentence (0:46)
21. Saved from Drowning (1:30)
22. I Am Not a Witch (0:53)
23. Burning Faith (1:15)
24. Clarisse's Medallion (0:59)
25. Catching the Train (1:02)
26. Train's Wild Ride (2:11)
27. Rouen's Cathedral (1:02)
28. Devil's Beauty (3:04)
29. Beaumagnan Threatens Clarisse (1:51)
30. Recurring Nightmare (0:34)
31. Secret of the Three Crucifixes (1:07)
32. Casino Games (1:37)
33. Partners in Love (0:42)
34. Opium Oath (1:03)
35. Leonard's Rivalry (Deleted Scene) (0:33)
36. Fight on the Barge (1:32)
37. To the Lighthouse (0:36)
38. Lighthouse Meeting (1:42)
39. Evil Dream (0:51)
40. Arrival in Paris (0:54)
41. The Louvre (2:08)
42. Framed (1:30)
43. Night Gallery (2:49)
44. Joséphine's Metamorphosis (1:10)
45. The Elixir (0:23)
46. Clarisse Faints (0:37)
47. Leonard's Crisis (2:28)
48. Visiting the Bank Vault (1:15)
49. Withdrawal (0:53)
50. Beaumagnan and the Prostitute (0:53)
51. Hypnosis (1:45)
Disc 1 Time • 71:17


1. Church Encounter (2:35)
2. The Firefly (0:24)
3. The Ballroom (Orchestra Version)(3:06)
4. Bouquet Waltz (1:28)
5. Joséphine and the Prince (1:40)
6. Clarisse Rescued (0:50)
7. Promenade Waltz (0:59)
8. Prince Zernine's Transformation (1:02)
9. The Queen's Necklace - Revelation (2:06)
10. Empire Waltz (1:30)
11. Arsène Versus Théophraste (2:18)
12. Ballroom's Run (1:02)
13. Clarisse at Stake (2:29)
14. The Big Dipper (1:17)
15. Place de l'Opéra (1:11)
16. Le Grand Café (1:42)
17. The Bomb (0:26)
18. Blast and Chaos (2:10)
19. Arsène Fools Joséphine (1:30)
20. Clarisse Chained (1:03)
21. The Catacombs (1:45)
22. Joséphine and Beaumagnan Behind Bars (1:00)
23. Arsène's Back in Action (0:35)
24. Arsène to the Rescue (1:42)
25. The Glass Eye (2:29)
26. The Hollow Needle (1:13)
27. Beaumagnan's End (1:59)
28. Prison Break (0:31)
29. Arsène's Family (1:16)
30. Old Habits, Old Acquaintances (2:38)
31. Clarisse's Death (2:23)
32. Mourning (1:34)
33. Another Man (0:48)
34. Hidden Wound (1:15)
35. Lupin on the Pavers (3:20)
36. End Credits (Unused) (4:16)
37. The Ballroom (Chamber Version) (2:58)
38. Preussens Gloria (1:02)
39. Auld Lang Syne (0:59)
Disc 2 Time • 66:07

Total 2-CD Time • 137:24

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:01 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

maybe you could say "expanded" in the title...

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I remember buying the original CD in one of those CD record shops that one would find in the tunnels of Metro stations in various European cities.
I can't remember 100% which city it was in, but pretty sure it was either Germany (Koln?) or Switzerland (Basel). was on offer/stickered for around 5 Euros and it's one of the best bargain blind buys I've ever done.
It's an absolute whopper of a score, brimming with...just about EVERYTHING!
Ballsy action tracks...moody, evocative suspense scoring...BIG romantic lushness and drama.
Basically, Debbie Wiseman saying 'Anything Shirley Walker can do, I can do just as good'.
It's easily amongst the best things I've ever heard from Ms Wiseman.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I also have that.original release . I wasn't expecting such a substantial expansion. So deffo a buy.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Xalandar   (Member)

What a great surprise! Love the original release, but such a huge expansion is very tempting. Thanks MusicBox Records!

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Just wondering - with the amount of music - was the film, itself, a whopper( i.e.long)?

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I bought the original release at a Debbie Wiseman concert here in London and got it signed. So I have to get this.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

I didn't see this expansion coming. Very good news to start the week ! It will be part of my next order from MBR, for sure.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Just wondering - with the amount of music - was the film, itself, a whopper( i.e.long)?


 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Just wondering - with the amount of music - was the film, itself, a whopper( i.e.long)?


Not too bad then. So wall to wall almost.( barring any chops)

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

A few tracks say Deleted Scene or Unused - including a 4 minute End Title - so that covers some of it.
The only downside looks to be a lot of short cues (under 1 minute) which might create a bitty/choppy listening experience, as opposed to the more curated original release (which was decent in length, IIRC).

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 4:12 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

You might want to keep your original CD too, as this release appears to be missing the song* which was co-written, co-produced and orchestrated/conducted by Debbie Wiseman.

*which may have replaced the unused End Title?

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

An excellent score. One that proved to me that she could write a decent 007 score.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

This will be mine, oh yes. Party On!

Very happy I did not buy the original release and I came close so many times over the last few years.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

An excellent score. One that proved to me that she could write a decent 007 score.

She'd also be the first woman to score a Bond movie. Unless Barbara Broccoli's courting Hildur Guðnadóttir?

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Very good score. Glad for the expansion and the exposure for the composer.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

This should get A LOT of airplay on Classic FM big grin

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Such wonderful news. I saw the movie last year (which I still kind of regret), but that made Wiseman's music shine all the brighter. One of my favorite scores of the century. It's as good as mine.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I got this in digital file format some 10-15 years ago, I can't remember. I couldn't get into it then, and I can't get into it now. It's too LOUD for me. So much loud brass, cymbal crashes and extreme crescendos throughout. And for 70+ minutes, it became intolerable (to say nothing of this new release that expands it even beyond that!). When it's calmer, it's better, so I tried to playlist it -- to calm it down, so to speak. But I ended up with, what, 15-20 minutes, and that wouldn't do for an album. So I deleted it.

This thread spurred me to check it out again, on streaming platforms, and my impression from then holds up. Not for me. I think I veer more towards Wiseman's more lyrical affairs - TO OLIVIA, FATHER BROWN, A POET IN NEW YORK, that kind of stuff. Liked the recent royal concept album too, although it had its fair share of pomp and circumstance. And her live album, that was great.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2024 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

Unless Barbara Broccoli's courting Hildur Guðnadóttir?

That would be horrible. But sadly possible.

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