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The new Varèse CD Club titles...
25-Feb-2008 - Six new titles today in the Varèse Sarabande CD Club. To start with, a four CD set, the world premiere release of Bill Conti’s sprawling and epic score for the 1985 mini-series North And South. Conti’s score filled 29 reels of tape! Over 600 recorded takes had to be sort through and have now filled three CDs of Conti’s complete original score. Included  is a bonus disc that is packed with music of the era that was thoroughly researched and newly recorded for the show. The second one is an Elmer Bernstein double feature.  First a Deluxe Edition treatment to his classic score from 1963’s The Caretakers, including the world premiere release of his score for 1961’s The Young Doctors. Both scores are again thanks to Elmer’s own tape archive, which saved them from being lost forever. While both scores are mono, the sound is good and punchy. Another double feature is the world premiere release of the original motion picture soundtrack from Alex North's Viva Zapata!, conducted by the legendary Alfred Newman. It is, without a doubt, one of the great scores of all time. The rhythms are explosive. The melodies are heartbreaking. The CD is filled out with another Alex North premiere. The 13th Letter is a 1951 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. And finally, last but not least, Matilda, without question, one of David Newman’s absolute best scores. It’s an utter classic with huge set pieces that Newman actually uses as examples when he gives lectures and seminars on film music. The score is brimming with melody, charm and adventure. Matilda is the number one most requested score by David Newman, and for good reason.
For more info and ordering, visit Varèse Sarabande or (for Europe) Colosseum Records.

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