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 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Music composed and conducted by Maurice Jarre
DCM 154 • LIMITED EDITION 500 • UPC: 771028238484
Release date: December 1st, 2013

A less known score from the great Maurice Jarre (1924 - 2009) makes its premiere on CD from the Canadian label Disques Cinémusique.

Volker Schlöndorff’s Circle of Deceit, released in 1981, follows a German reporter (Bruno Ganz) on a mission to Beirut to cover the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims. Confronted with the horrors and the complexity of this civil war, he comes to question the usefulness of his profession. On his return to Berlin, in a crisis of conscience, he refuses to sell his article to the newspaper.

Schlöndorff starkly shows the harsh reality of a conflict with universal and topical resonance. He denounces at the same time the excesses of the press, which tend to favor sensationalism rather than rigorous analysis of the situation. Against a conventional war movie backdrop, the director takes a documentary approach, incorporating real fight scenes into his narrative. What Circle of Deceit loses as entertainment, it gains in authenticity and realism.

Composer Maurice Jarre, who had previously collaborated with Schlöndorff for The Tin Drum, opts for a largely atonal score, but it is not unattractive for that. Though disconcerting at first glance, the cues quickly become enthralling and prove to be very efficient on a dramatic level. The synthesizer and a chorus occasionally support the orchestra dominated by brass. Jarre uses many exotic plucked instruments, as well as a wide array of percussion, providing local color throughout the score. All in all, Circle of Deceit will be a nice surprise for the composer’s fans. Color insert with a 4-page booklet.

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Nice score. I wonder, is this an LP transfer or from the master tapes? I already have an LP transfer....

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Ooooo, neat, my guy has 3 releases in a 2 week span?? Cool. ...
This is a bleak one, no goofy love music or barbaric action. The lp was two long suites - a cousin to his tightly wound score for Visconti's The Damned. Very tense & dramatic writing.
This will begin another order at Sae then!

 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Received my copy today. Informative liner notes and very clean sound.

A very solid effort from Maurice Jarre.
His voice as a composer was unique and this edition clearly emphasizes the large range of his creativity.

A re-use of The Tin Drum on CD would be great.

Jarre fans beware ! The CD edition of the Longest Day (from Milan) is a LP transfer and sounds really bad.

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