The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes - Expanded Score - Miklos Rozsa

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Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present the world-premiere release of the classy, unforgettable music composed by Mikl‚Äîs R‚Äîzsa for Billy Wilder¬´s classic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Wilder√ïs unique take on the world√ïs greatest consulting detective was meant to explore previously dark corners of Homes√ï life√ëincluding his addiction to cocaine and his troubled relationships with women. Last-minute studio jitters forced Wilder to make massive cuts, shortening the running time from 210 to 125 minutes. The resulting film, in spite of great performances by Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, GeneviÔøΩve Page and Christopher Lee, failed to catch fire at the box office. For music, Wilder turned to his friend and past collaborator (Five Graves to Cairo, The Lost Weekend, Double Indemnity) Mikl‚Äîs R‚Äîzsa, asking him to adapt his Violin Concerto, Op. 24, for the film. R‚Äîzsa obliged, augmenting the concert work with a number of evocative new themes for the picture. The music for Holmes anticipates the elegant but autumnal mood of such later scores as Providence, Time After Time, Fedora and Last Embrace, while simultaneously combining the compassion and wisdom of experience with the wit, charm and joie de vivre of youth. The soundtrack album of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was never issued on LP. R‚Äîzsaphiles were thus understandably ecstatic when, in 2007, James Fitzpatrick reconstructed and recorded the entire score for Tadlow Music. That superb recording remains an essential touchstone in the R‚Äîzsa discography. Still, fans have continued to hope for a release of the original tracks. Quartet Records spent almost three years searching for the best possible sources, but the original masters are, Unfortunately, forever lost. (A tech note included in the booklet explains the lengthy and frustrating process in greater detail.) We have used three different monaural music-only stems from the MGM vaults for this release√ënone of which was in ideal condition. Engineer Jose Luis Crespo has minimized the changes in level necessitated by the addition of dialogue and effects and meticulously blended the best sources for each cue. The resulting CD, in spite of its less-than-ideal sound, preserves the composer√ïs own irreplaceable interpretation, bringing this marvelous music back to life more than 40 years after it was written. All of Mikl‚Äîs R‚Äîzsa√ïs music is worth preserving. This premiere √íarchival edition√ì of the original tracks of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, extraordinarily performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer√ïs baton, was a labor of love for everyone involved. The immortal music of R‚Äîzsa deserves nothing less. The lavishly designed package includes a 28-page booklet with liner notes and track-by-track analysis by Frank K. DeWald.
Track Listing
1. Main Titles / 221B Baker Street (4:32)
2. Smoke Machine (0:32)
3. Cocaine (0:52)
4. WatsonÕs Rage (1:17)
5. Being Presumptuous (0:50)
6. Von Tirpitz Appears (1:10)
7. Gabrielle (5.19)
8. No. 32 Ashdown St. (0:25)
9. Canaries (3:39)
10. Diogenes Club (1:34)
11. To Glenahurich (1:12)
12. The Parasol (1:01)
13. Inverness (1:43)
14. Valladon (3:50)
15. WatsonÕs Sighting (1:08)
16. Castles in Scotland (2:59)
17. Urquhart Castle (2:04)
18. After the Monster (2:44)
19. The Monster Strikes (2:01)
20. The Last Act (2:05)
21. Ilse von Hoffmanstal (0:51)
22. A Certain Royal (0:57)
23. GabrielleÕs Awakening (1:54)
24. HolmesÕ Morse Code (1:00)
25. Eternal Silence (2:13)
26. Farewell / Auf Wiedersehen (3:42)
27. The End Ð End Titles (2:21)
28. Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky) (excerpts) (3:38)
29. Balalaika (Swan Lake: Russian Dance)
(Tchaikovsky, arr. R—zsa) (1:49)
30. Balalaika (Swan Lake: Dances of the Swans [excerpt] and Russian Dance) (Tchaikovsky, arr. R—zsa) (4:33)
31. Corelli: La Follia Ð Variation 1 (0:41)
32. Corelli: La Follia Ð Variation 2 (1:01)
33. Violin Concerto, Op. 24 (excerpt) (0:37)
Total Time: 66:23