World premiere CD release of complete Pino Donaggio score for thriller with supernatural setting, directed by Anthony Richmond, starring Jaclyn Smith, Shelley Winters, Claire Bloom. Donaggio opens with classical-style overture for ballet setpieces, then introduces gorgeous main theme that plays to varying time frames of story. Romantic feel is soon slashed apart, splattered with horror via signature string, brass jabs as murder & thriller aspects of tale take command. Music reminds listeners of composer's classic debut with DON'T LOOK NOW. Nods to Brian De Palma horror thrillers abound as well. Intrada presents complete score in stereo from 1/4" 15 ips two-track session mixes stored in perfect condition in MGM vaults. Tim Greiving adds insghts to film, score in booklet liner notes. Recorded in Italy, Natale Massara conducts. SOLD OUT!
The Extra 29. Paris Theme (With Revised Intro) (1:50)
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Déjà Vu finds veteran composer Pino
Donaggio working with his signature
vernacular of thrills and suspense. Tense
and frightening string figures, jolting
brass stings, numerous elements of murder
and suspense plus an expressive love
theme at the center are all on display.
As ballet plays a role in the film,
Donaggio also fashions an original theme
in requisite classical manner. Heard in
full during the opening and closing portions
of the score, this melodic idea also
plays judiciously within the drama and suspense in a fragmented, often-disguised manner. A couple of source pieces using
the primary themes round out this vivid work scored for full orchestra.
For this world premiere release
of the complete score, Intrada
had access to the original ¼”
15 i.p.s. two-track stereo mixes
made in Italy during the scoring
sessions, preserved in mint condition
in the MGM vaults. We have
retained the original intended
picture sequence as indicated on
the actual scoring session paperwork
with one exception: “Olga’s
Strange Theme” (M40) and “Car
Drives Up To Olga’s” (M39) play
in reverse order on this CD for
purely musical reasons. Portions
of some cues in the film are tracked in more than once. We are presenting them in the
sequence where they were first intended to play and do not include any subsequent
repeats made for film editorial reasons.
And finally, a word about the cue titles is in order. As per the publishing cue
sheets, Donaggio frequently assigned broad titles (mysterious theme, hypnotizing
theme, writing theme, period love theme, etc.) using various names (Olga, Greg,
etc.) to identify them without further detail. In those instances, we are using his exact
titles and are including numerals indicating their first appearance, second appearance
and so forth.
Enjoy now—with a shudder or two—Pino Donaggio’s suspenseful and unsettling
score for Déjà Vu.