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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Didn't he have such health problems? I thought I read somewhere he did?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Didn't he have such health problems? I thought I read somewhere he did?

Not to my knowledge.
Georges had a very serious spine injury at 15 which resulted in stopping his growth.
Given the amount of work he devoted to film and concert music, especially in his later years, I would say he was a force of nature !

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I'm enjoying this score very much, it's one of Delerue's more dramatic scores (along the lines of THE HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET, TO KILL A PRIEST) so it may not be as accessible as his more popular works. But it's great music nonetheless and excellent sound quality throughout (which tends to amplify the mysterious breathing but what can you do).

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I'm sure other folks are enjoying this score, right?...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2013 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Yes indeed ! A beautiful score from the great Georges Delerue.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

I bought this on a whim and am very glad I did. A lovely addition to my small but growing Delerue collection. On another note, I was 14 when this film was released and couldn't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to watch something like this. The 36 year old me thinks it looks just his cup of tea and will be watching it soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 1:19 AM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

I'm sure other folks are enjoying this score, right?...

Would be if I had received it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   italia57   (Member)

I'm sure other folks are enjoying this score, right?...

Would be if I had received it.


The same with me. Mine copy left the US two days ago.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Received this a short while back. To be quite frank, the music didn't strike me as being very interesting. In fact, I'd say its a bit boring.

On the other hand, the presentation and production side the CD is up to Music Box's stratospherically high standards as per custom. So, this is probably a must buy if you are a fan of the composer.

I'll just set it aside for a few months and re-evaluate when conveninent.

Beau travail Music Box!

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Music Box Records   (Member)

LESS THAN 150 COPIES REMAINING

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Nice to see another Delerue title selling well.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

Fantastic music by Georges Delerue!!!!

I hope the release of "A Little sex" and more scores by Mr. Delerue very soon

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Fantastic music by Georges Delerue!!!!

I hope the release of "A Little sex" and more scores by Mr. Delerue very soon


I hope so too!

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   davel   (Member)

I've listened to this score about 5 times in a row. Wonderful Delerue! smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

AMERICAN FRIENDS (1991)
MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY GEORGES DELERUE


Limited Collector's Edition of 1000 copies.
World Premiere Release. 39 minutes of music never released before.
8-page CD booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai.

Ref: MBR-037
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2013

Music Box Records proudly presents the world premiere CD release of acclaimed composer Georges Delerue's score for American Friends (1991).

Directed by Tristram Powell, American Friends is a period romance written by and starring Michael Palin. Based on the journals of his great grandfather, Palin's screenplay tells the story of Reverend Francis Ashby, a reclusive Oxford scholar who takes a trip to Switzerland. While hiking in the Alps, Ashby meers Caroline and Elinor Hartley, a wealthy socialite and her adopted daughter who both take an interest in the strange foreigner. When the trip is over, the Hartleys follow Francis back to Oxford where the strict moral codes and restrictions are bound to cause havoc, especially now that Ashby is about to run for an important position at his college...

Transferred from the DAT containing all the recording sessions, the music by Georges Delerue is relatively brief (it's about 40 minutes long), but it contains all the charm and wonder we come to expect from the composer, especially from the later period of his career. Featuring some of his favorite London musicians, Delerue's score benefits from the lush strings section in creating the perfect accompaniment for the picturesque hikings in the Alps - the music is so warm that it's capable of melting the hearts of the most serious gentlemen at Oxford!

The liner notes by Gergely Hubai discuss the film and the score based on original interviews with star/screenwriter Michael Palin, director Tristram Powell and Colette Delerue.



TRACKLISTING:

1. Main Titles (02:33)
2. To the Alps (01:59)
3. Reverend Francis Ashby (01:48)
4. Campus Mischief (00:37)
5. College Rules (02:22)
6. Out of Time (02:02)
7. Rushden's Funeral (01:38)
8. Organ Source (00:52)
9. Romance on the Lake (01:52)
10. Staying in Oxford (02:13)
11. Unwanted Visitors (01:34)
12. Farewell to Caroline (01:30)
13. Pub Source (01:08)
14. Disgrace for All Parties (02:29)
15. Summer Cottage (00:54)
16. Elinor and Cable (01:49)
17. Croquet Break-Up (01:42)
18. Mountain Hiking (02:02)
19. Big Day Tomorrow (01:59)
20. They Left (02:18)
21. End Titles (03:04)

TOTAL TIME • 39:15

For sound clips, please visit: http://www.musicbox-records.com/en/53-american-friends.html


My copy of this arrived yesterday - a belated Christmas gift from my lovely family. I listened to it today and am loving it. This just gives me one more reason to begin adding more works of the wonderful Mr. Delerue to my collection - beyond what I already have. He reminds me a bit of Alfred Newman in some respects in the loveliness of his scores. Thank you to my wonderful family.

 
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