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 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

Quartet Records announces music for four classic, award-winning films!

Expanded Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by Howard Shore
Album Produced by Neil S. Bulk
Mastered by Doug Schwartz
Liner notes by Jeff Bond
Limited edition of 1000 units

Quartet Records, MGM and Universal Music Group present the remastered, expanded release of the iconic score by Howard Shore (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, ED WOOD, NAKED LUNCH, EASTERN PROMISES, THE AVIATOR) for the classic thriller masterpiece THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.

Directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn, the film was a great success, immediately loved by critics and audiences. It won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and acting awards for Foster and Hopkins.

Howard Shore was no stranger to either the horror or thriller genre when he worked on THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS—he had started his career working with director David Cronenberg on a series of disturbing films such as THE BROOD, SCANNERS, VIDEODROME and THE FLY. The music doesn’t sound like something from a horror movie or a thriller—it is operatic, dark, and very beautiful.

MCA released a generous 50-minute album in 1991, but some key cues were omitted. We are now proud to present this expanded edition—including the complete score plus alternates—produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Mr. Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM. Featuring a performance by the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer, this special release is limited to 1000 units and features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond.

Expanded Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by Georges Delerue
Album Produced by Neil S. Bulk
Mastered by Doug Schwartz
Liner notes by Tim Greiving
Limited edition of 1000 units

Quartet Records and MGM present the expanded, ultimate CD release of the precious, deeply emotional score by Georges Delerue (DAY FOR NIGHT; WOMEN IN LOVE; MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD; AGNES OF GOD) for Oliver Stone’s iconic Vietnam War movie PLATOON.

This raw but sensitive vision of war and innocence was awarded four Oscars in 1987, including Best Picture and Best Director, and was the springboard for many young actors who were just beginning their careers and became some of the brightest stars of their generation: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, among others.

Director and composer had already worked together on the excellent SALVADOR one year before, and here they repeated their collaboration. Stone wanted from Delerue a bittersweet sound that would contrast with the terrible images of death and chaos; he had used the famous "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber as a temp-track. Delerue wrote a radical, beautiful score modelled on and inspired by the Barber, but in the end, Stone decided not to use a large part of it, using instead the Barber, adapted and conducted by Delerue.

The album released in 1987 was a compilation of songs from the period, with a couple of short cues by Delerue and his adaptation of the “Adagio” that included sound effects and dialogue. Some years later, the Prometheus label released a CD containing the short SALVADOR score and a 25-minute selection from PLATOON. Now we are proud to present Delerue’s score, recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, in its entirety, including unused cues, alternates and album versions. Produced by Neil S. Bulk and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes (courtesy of MGM), this special release is limited to 1000 units and features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Tim Greiving, who discusses both film and score and incorporates several interesting quotes from Oliver Stone.

Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by Nino Rota
Album Produced by Jose M. Benitez and Claudio Fuiano
Mastered by Claudio Fuiano
DDP Mastering and Restoration: Chris Malone
Liner notes by Gergely Hubai
Limited edition of 2000 units

Quartet Records and Gruppo Sugar present a mammoth 2-CD set presenting for the first time ever the famous original score by Nino Rota (THE LEOPARD, LA DOLCE VITA, OTTO E MEZZO, ROMEO & JULIET) for Federico Fellini’s masterpiece AMARCORD, awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1973, and also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Often hailed as Federico Fellini’s most personal movie despite the director’s vehement denial, AMARCORD is arguably one of his most beloved “confessions.” Telling the story of life in Rimini from winter to autumn, AMARCORD presents Fellini’s own recollections of his upbringing in an Italian town. The episodic story focuses on a mischievous boy named Titta who, in typical Fellini fashion, lusts after big-breasted women, tries to woo the town's most beautiful girl and find his place in Fascist Italy—all accompanied by an infectious Nino Rota score.

"Almost all of AMARCORD is a macabre dance against a cheerful background," said a contemporary review of the film, and Nino Rota is in peak form providing the music for this mesmerizing dance. By mining the rich musical world of 1920s and 1930s jazz and big band music, Rota fashions a creative, engaging score that is nostalgic for an era that never really existed—it only flourishes in the director's memories of his childhood. Almost every film score lover is familiar with the wistful main theme, and this is the first chance to hear exactly how much music Rota actually provided for the film.

A 30-minute LP of the soundtrack was released on CAM in 1973 and reissued many times on CD by the same company. For this premiere complete edition, we have included the entire 50-minute score on CD 1. On the second disc we have included more than 30 minutes of previously unreleased music with lots of alternates and music written by Rota that was not used in the final print of the movie, as well as a remastered version of the original album. The entire project has been produced by Claudio Fuiano and Jose M. Benitez, with painstaking DDP mastering by Chris Malone from the first-generation stereo master tapes courtesy of Gruppo Sugar.

The package includes a richly illustrated 16-page booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai, who discusses the making of the film and the score alongside selected images from the picture.

Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by Francis Lai
Album Produced, Restored and Mastered by Chris Malone
Liner notes by Jeff Bond
Limited edition of 1000 units

Quartet Records, Paramount Pictures and Universal Music Group present the remastered, expanded release of the iconic score by the great Francis Lai (A MAN AND A WOMAN, LIFE FOR LIFE, HOUSE OF CARDS, DARK EYES, BILITIS) for the unforgettable 1970 romantic classic LOVE STORY, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw, Ray Milland and John Marley.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and O’Neal and McGraw’s performances, but won only in the Best Original Score category (the only Oscar ever won by the prolific French composer).

The choice of Francis Lai was a personal obsession of producer Robert Evans, who pursued the composer until he accepted, despite Lai initially refusing to compose the score due to other commitments. But Evans' intuition was spot-on. Today, Lai’s LOVE STORY score remains one of the most memorable and richly lyrical works in the canon of romantic film scores. The main theme remains one of the most famous melodies in film history, covered countess times—including an especially memorable arrangement by Henry Mancini for RCA.

The original soundtrack LP of LOVE STORY has been a tremendous success over the years, reissued repeatedly, including the CD edition that first appeared on the MCA label in the early ’90s. However, the sound quality of the CD and its reissues was not very good. For this release we have returned to the original master tapes that have been restored, corrected and mastered by Chris Malone, and the resulting sound quality is very much improved. Despite the high-profile reputation of this score, the film does not really contain much music—just over twenty minutes. The album included more music than the film, although some versions were edited, others re-recorded and expanded for the album, with different, lighter arrangements. So we are glad to present the original album plus the original score as it’s heard in the film, restored by Chris Malone from mono elements courtesy of Paramount Pictures (mostly stems). A couple of alternates of the memorable cue “Snow Frolic” have also been included. This special release is limited to 1000 units and features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond.

These titles are on pre-order, the CDs will be available from 02/23. For more info, order and hear audio samples, please visit

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   odelayy   (Member)


That's huge! thank you!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Strong batch for sure. I'll go for the Rota and the Shore......maybe all...

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Fabulous releases Quartet! Three of these will be ordered immediately, the Delerue, Rota, and Lai! Well done to all connected!!!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Damn, what a batch. Great work, Quartet!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Impressive batch. Kudos to all involved!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   MI6   (Member)

Yes! Love Story is one of my favorite scores from this magnificent composer. Thanks Quartet for giving us the clues on Valentine's Day, otherwise I might not be able to nail it. Almost forgot to mention the artwork. Never seen this before but I like it.

Amarcord is also a highly enjoyable score.

So Quartet Records' releases still stay in the time frame 1960-present. Guess it will be quite some time before we"ll be getting the first title from the 50s.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Much as I adore the 30 minute AMARCORD album, my eyes were opened when I saw the film last month. I still consider it one of my favorite scores, so I'm certainly getting this new one. Brava.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Great about Amacord and Love Story! The latter always had disappointing sound quality and "Amacord" is truly expanded.

I guess they are keeping "8 1/2" for a more important occasion wink I'll be waiting!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Lots of interesting stuff here.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


Silence of the Lambs!

a few choice words: FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   MutualRevolver   (Member)

I should've placed a bet on Silence of the Lambs!!! I suspected it might come up since Criterion released a new Blu-ray, but I assumed it would be expanded under Shore's own Howe Records. What a nice surprise!

Fabulous job, Quartet!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Shock-Wave   (Member)

Wow impressive, most impressive.

Great selection thank you New Quartet.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

PLATOON!!! I'm in heaven, beautiful score! And SILENCE OF THE LAMBS! Great batch. You guys are ace!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

Wow(!!) for all releases in this batch!!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Mike S   (Member)

Damn, this is a solid batch. Congrats, Quartet!

Picking up PLATOON for sure. The original SOTL album is a flawless presentation of the score IMHO but that one's tempting too. Decisions, decisions.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Wow...Quartet continues to be full of surprises! Amazing batch.


 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

These are terrific, and in different times I could see buying all of them. But the one I'm most excited about is "Amarcord" ("La Dolce Vita" is one of my favorite CDs from last year), so that's the one I bought.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Superb batch!

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2018 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

An absolutely astonishing batch, with each title a big surprise in its own way. Quartet continues to be one of the greatest soundtrack labels out there.

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