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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Music by David Raksin
Two Weeks in Another Town Two Weeks in Another Town
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: May 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 5
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

In 1952 M-G-M released The Bad and the Beautiful, and the film became an instant classic about the movie business. Ten years later, star Kirk Douglas, director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman, writer Charles Schnee, and composer David Raksin reunited for a film that became a sort of unofficial companion to the earlier masterpiece, Two Weeks in Another Town (1962).

The Bad and the Beautiful had been set in Hollywood, but Two Weeks in Another Town moved the location to Rome, where washed-up actor Jack Andrus (Douglas) is summoned by his former director (Edward G. Robinson) to assist him on a cheapie for a foreign producer. From there Jack's "two weeks in another town" find him coming to terms with his past through a new web of personal relationships.

Although not a sequel to The Bad and the Beautiful, composer David Raksin treated Two Weeks in Another Town as a virtual "part two," reusing several of his themes from the earlier picture, including, briefly, the main theme itself—for a screening of The Bad and the Beautiful as one of the "former productions" by the new film's characters.

However, Two Weeks is not a mere rehash, but an original creation including a whole new set of gorgeous character themes, crafted with the care, sensitivity and intricacy that made Raksin a beloved figure. Like his earlier masterwork, Two Weeks is a deeply melodic, romantic and sophisticated score, with size enough to glamorize the movie business, but an intimate focus on the moods and desires of human beings. Raksin's detailed orchestrations graft themselves to Minnelli's expressionist style with unparalleled grace.

FSM's premiere CD of Two Weeks in Another Town score features the complete score in stereo, remixed and remastered from the 35mm three-track recordings, including cues never before heard, as they accompanied deleted scenes.

David Raksin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

David Raksin (1912-2004) came to Hollywood to orchestrate and arrange for Charlie Chaplin on Modern Times; his lengthy career encompassed such classics as Laura and The Bad and the Beautiful. His dense, intellectual but beautifully intricate music pushed the boundaries of musical and cinematic expression and won him legions of admirers; he was also involved behind the scenes in composers' organizations, film music preservation and academia. Very little of his copious and high-quality film work is available on CD, but FSM has attempted to rectify that with releases such as the 5CD set, David Raksin at M-G-M. IMDB

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We will be cutting this off at 1500 units. We have 64 remaining in stock as of 2/7/12. Lovely music!

Lukas

We will be cutting this off at 1500 units. We have 64 remaining in stock as of 2/7/12. Lovely music!

Lukas[/endquote]

This is one of the most beautiful scores FSM has issued (although that can be said of many, many FSM CDs).

It's pure Raksin, with an extraordinary main theme and plenty of development. Great performance by the MGM Studio Orchestra, too.

By astonishing coincidence, I put this CD on tonight for the first time in (I'm guessing) two years. Great stuff! Sorry it sold so poorly. Time for 64 more people to enjoy this one.

As they say in those silly TV commercials, "I've got mine!".

I got my copy when Lukas released his low quantity list that contained this fine cd. I am so glad I grabbed it then. What great music.

Great stuff! Sorry it sold so poorly.[/endquote]

Yes, Raksin's music was always first-rate, and yes, I bought all his FSM CD's when they were first announced. I can't figure out why this CD did not sell better. I suspect that it's the timing of the release. There may have been a glut of urgent "buy-them-before-they're-gone" releases at the same time and this one may have relegated to "another-day-perhaps" status, and then forgotten when the next wave of urgent "buy-them-before-they're-gone" releases appeared.

I've debated myself over and over again as to whether this is the "most important" non-boxset release FSM has ever done.

Either way, "Two Weeks in Another Town" is easily one of my favorites.

I can't figure out why this CD did not sell better. [/endquote]

Easy. Raksin doesn't sell and the film is virtually unknown now.

Doesn't change the fact that this is a great CD.

Well, since this score was recommended to me only a few weeks ago I decided I'd better not let it go by ... so: ordered!

+ Raintree Country** and How to Marry a Millionaire*

* I love the short piece which starts the Charkes Gerhardt Classic Alfred Newman CD.

I know nothing of ** but I recall Mr. Kendall speaking highly of this one when it was released.

Mitch

By astonishing coincidence, I put this CD on tonight for the first time in (I'm guessing) two years. Great stuff! Sorry it sold so poorly. Time for 64 more people to enjoy this one.[/endquote]

One of sixty four; ordered mine yesterday.

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster, David Raksin

Violin:
Sam Freed, Jr., Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Nathan Kaproff, Bernard Kundell, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Felix Slatkin, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Heimann Weinstine

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin

Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer, George F. Boujie, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Flute:
Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Ted Nash, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Oboe:
Arnold Koblentz

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, William A. Ulyate

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, George Werth, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Randall Miller, Richard "Dick" Nash, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor

Tuba:
George F. Boujie

Piano:
John Jack Latimer

Guitar:
Laurindo Almeida, Barney Kessel

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Drums:
Dale L. Anderson, Hubert "Hugh" Anderson, Larry Bunker, Frank L. Carlson, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Harold L. "Hal" Rees

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