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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

QUARTET ANNOUNCES:





WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING OF THE FILM SCORE

SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON /
MUSIC FOR KATHARINE HEPBURN (2-CD)
Music Composed by John Barry
Performed by Orquesta de Córdoba
Conducted by Fernando Velázquez
Score Reconstruction: Leigh Phillips


Release date: 12/12/2023

Quartet Records is proud to present a brand-new recording conducted by Fernando Velázquez of another film score that is either lost or inaccessible – in this case no fewer than five films scores by John Barry: a suspense classic from the '60s, a film adaptation of a classic play, and three television movies starring Katharine Hepburn.
John Barry would have turned 90 on November 3, 2023. The unforgettable music of this five-time Oscar winner continues to be celebrated around the world, and indeed the impact of his innovative scores for dozens of movies from the 1960s through the '90s continues to reverberate to this day.

Disc 1 includes the complete score of SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964), a major work previously missing from the composer’s discography. It was one of his masterpieces for Bryan Forbes that, unfortunately, remained unreleased due to the absence of master tapes. Orchestrated for a small ensemble featuring vibrant percussion and woodwinds, it's a mysterious, suggestive, unsettling score, reaching its culmination in the long rescue sequence.
As a bonus, we have included another rarity that deserves to be rescued. A DOLL'S HOUSE (1973) was one of Barry’s briefest scores: a single, sad melody for celeste, harp, harpsichord and piano, repeated three times during the film's length.

Disc 2 is devoted to three lovely telefilms: a trilogy of period play adaptations starring Katharine Hepburn. LOVE AMONG THE RUINS and THE CORN IS GREEN, both directed by George Cukor in 1975 and 1979, respectively, contain memorable main and love themes, brilliantly orchestrated. The two scores are stylistically similar, featuring strings, woodwinds, piano and harpsichord. THE GLASS MENAGERIE, adapted from Tennessee Williams’ famous play and directed by Anthony Harvey (with whom Barry had previously worked on THE LION IN WINTER) was written for solo piano, performed by the composer himself, who always claimed to be a not-very-good pianist, but it was precisely this innocence and imprecision that Harvey was looking for. For our recording, celebrated pianist Silvia Mkrtchian has approximated the spirit of the original Barry recording.

If there is one thing that the five scores presented here have in common, it's John Barry's great ability to work with small, almost chamber-like ensembles, seeking the specific sound of each story without being an intrusive voice, always with a British personality of reserve and deftness.

Leigh Phillips has painstakingly reconstructed and orchestrated all five scores. They are performed by the prestigious Orquesta de Córdoba conducted by Fernando Velázquez. Recorded and mixed by Marc Blanes, the audio has been meticulously mastered by Chris Malone in the spirit of Barry's original recordings. Elegant design by Nacho B. Govantes with cover art designed by Jim Titus graces a 28-page booklet with an in-depth essay by film music journalist and writer (and major Barry connoisseur) Jon Burlingame.

Tracklist:

DISC 1. SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964)


1. Main Title From Séance On A Wet Afternoon 2:14
2. The Room 0:41
3. The Plan 0:22
4. Myra Remembers 5:26
5. Billy Leaves 0:55
6. Kidnapped 1:24
7. The Ransom Letter 1:01
8. The Prayer / Good Morning, Amanda 1:04
9. The Drop (Part 1) 2:09
10. The Drop (Part 2) 2:44
11. The Drop (Part 3) 3:02
12. We’re Mad 0:33
13. Mrs. Clayton’s Reading / The Woods 1:21
14. The Final Reading 1:21
15. Arthur’s Waiting 0:54
16. Finale From Séance On A Wet Afternoon 1:51

A DOLL’S HOUSE (1973)

17. Main Title From A Doll’s House 1:26
18. The Children 0:29
19. Tarantella 0:48
20. End Title From A Doll’s House 1:19

Total Disc Time: 31:08



DISC 2. LOVE AMONG THE RUINS (1975)


1. Main Title From Love Among The Ruins 1:41
2. There She Is 3:10
3. You Look, You Look… / Don’t You Remember? 0:36
4. The Boy Who Loved You 1:09
5. First Time I Saw You 1:53
6. I Pray You Know Me When We Meet Again 0:39
7. The Fire’s Gone Out 0:26
8. Freedom’s Prisoner 1:44
9. A Day In Court 0:50
10. Sauerbraten With Egg And Milk 5:31
11. Vision Of Portia 2:02
12. End Title From Love Among The Ruins 2:44

THE CORN IS GREEN (1979)

13. Main Title From The Corn Is Green 1:44
14. First Look / Get The Rights 1:19
15. Going To See The Squire 1:03
16. Morgan Dreams 0:27
17. Good Day, Sir 0:56
18. First Composition 1:12
19. Morgan Enrolls 1:44
20. Two Year Birthday 0:41
21. Lady Moffat Studies 0:37
22. Morgan Upset 0:38
23. To The Squire, Again 1:26
24. How Kind You Are 0:48
25. Moffat Home 0:26
26. Enraged Morgan 0:46
27. I Don’t Understand You 1:06
28. Moffat Alone 1:29
29. Off You Go 0:21
30. To Oxford 2:13
31. Reflection 1:19
32. The Lady Gets A Baby 0:53
33. Morgan Decides 2:51
34. End Title From The Corn Is Green 1:08

THE GLASS MENAGERIE (1973)

35. Main Titles From The Glass Menagerie 1:11
36. An Old Maid / Father’s Charm 1:07
37. The Argument / A Nailed-Up Coffin 0:42
38. Laura’s World 1:14
39. The Unicorn 2:11
40. Goodbye 1:41

Total Disc Time: 56:46

Total 2-CD Time: 87:54





https://quartetrecords.com/product/seance-on-a-wet-afternoon-katharine-hepburn-2-cd/

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This sounds like a godsend to Barry fans! Really cool release, and although I'm not a Barry fan, I'll definitely check these out. The descriptions sound tantalizing.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   John Rokesmith   (Member)

This is a fantastic release. Love Among the Ruins was one of my holy grails and the inclusion of the other scores makes this just unmissable. I am sure that Fernando Velasquez and Leigh Phillips have done a magnificent job judging by their previous recordings.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

I must say QUARTET is my number one lable for some time now.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

THIS IS THE RELEASE OF THE YEAR FOR ME.

And, based on the samples, I think these scores have been reconstructed very well indeed.

I'm not going to lie. I did not care for the Silva Screen version of Seance. I can't describe it in more precise terms, but it just sounded "off" in several ways.

This sounds very good indeed, however. Fantastic.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 3:26 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I will get this one for sure!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 3:29 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

THIS IS THE RELEASE OF THE YEAR FOR ME.

And, based on the samples, I think these scores have been reconstructed very well indeed.

I'm not going to lie. I did not care for the Silva Screen version of Seance. I can't describe it in more precise terms, but it just sounded "off" in several ways.

This sounds very good indeed, however. Fantastic.

Cheers


Your endorsement certainly counts!! Looking forward to it.!!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

€20 shipping costs for me. Almost the price of the discs, crazy.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

love SEANCE movie and score!! Barry was at his most inventive in the 60s

(the other ones not so much, but sound nice, anyway)


maybe it could almost-all have fit on 1 cd, but great release it is... great care and work by QR and Fernando

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

€20 shipping costs for me. Almost the price of the discs, crazy.

Sure is. It's like something out of the Twilight Zone, the shipping prices these days.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Isnt this a premiere recording of Seance?
What silva screen do you refer to Stephen?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Ah you meant the short 6 min.Suite...well

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Thank you, Quartet. I've been waiting for this since 2021 when it was first announced. With the CTS Bayswater tapes for so many Barry scores damaged or missing, re-recordings may be our only hope. I'm thrilled that Quartet committed to this, and I hope it proves to be a success for them.

Seance, by the way, might be Barry's first score that ventured into that tense, unsettling territory with unusual instrumentation that marked so many of his sixties scores--The Whisperers, Four in the Morning, King Rat, Dutchman, The Ipcress File, The Quiller Memorandum. As such, it needed to be released.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Cool release

Wheres dickhead to say No Bond, No Sale? Lol

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Absolutely day 1 purchase, I love discovering John Barry scores that are entirely new to me - and from his best decades of work too!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

This is NOT a Limited Edition, correct?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

This is NOT a Limited Edition, correct?

Certainly nothing about it being limited on the Quartet site.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   PianoPlayer   (Member)

€20 shipping costs for me. Almost the price of the discs, crazy.

Screen Archives just listed it too, and they'll charge $8.40 shipping to me. That's a nice savings.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   mtjs   (Member)

THIS IS THE RELEASE OF THE YEAR FOR ME.

And, based on the samples, I think these scores have been reconstructed very well indeed.

I'm not going to lie. I did not care for the Silva Screen version of Seance. I can't describe it in more precise terms, but it just sounded "off" in several ways.

This sounds very good indeed, however. Fantastic.

Cheers

Going slightly from memory, but some, if not all of the cues in the Silva Screen suite are in the wrong key, off by a semitone, I think (maybe they listened to a sped up PAL video to transcribe the music). In other parts of the suite, the instrumentation and transcription isn't that accurate, like in the first woodwind "shriek" in the kidnapping cue, which is much, much better in the Quartet re-recording.

This reminds me that the main title music in the Tadlow re-recording of Mister Moses also some mistakes. The big, big mistake is that the violin phrase that plays throughout the entire track is wrong.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Wow! So much unheard John Barry, all at the same time. Bravo!

 
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