Treat for Delerue fans! World premiere CD release of early-ish Georges Delerue soundtrack for France production with British, American credentials: John Guillerman directs, Melvyn Douglas, Dean Stockwell, Patricia Gozzi star. Intense tale melds romance, thrills, supernatural overtones that inspire Delerue to write score balancing gorgeous main theme, aggressive drama, brittle action. Delerue makes famous name for himself by composing some of screen's most haunting, beautiful melodies, often in triple meter with gentle waltz feel. RAPTURE provides opportunity for composer to stretch, create melodramatic music in less characteristic mode. Results are dramatic score of unusual scope, range. Intrada presentation courtesy 20th Century Fox plus kind assistance of Delerue estate that retains composer's own original mono 1/4" tapes of score in personal archive. Supervising producer Nick Redman, liner note writer Julie Kirgo also locate Fox paperwork with session slates, Delerue's actual cue titles, allowing authentic reconstruction of one of his earliest surviving full scores to date. Georges Delerue conducts.
Though not entirely unknown, the beauty
of Georges Delerue’s scoring vernacular was still being discovered in the U.S.in the mid-
1960s, primarily due to his haunting work for director François Truffaut. For Rapture (1965)
he anchored his score with his signature radiance but added elements of suspense and
discordance in keeping with the needs of the film.
One of his earliest scores to now be fully preserved on CD, this special release was
made possible first and foremost by the kind help of Colette Delerue, who graciously located
her late husband’s own personal ¼” mono tape copies of the scoring sessions. Though
recorded in Europe and quite dated, these priceless tapes included all of the verbal slates,
enabling us to identify every cue. Happily, Twentieth Century Fox also retained the scoring
session cue sheets for internal publishing purposes. With both tapes and paperwork in hand,
we were able to assemble the score in the exact sequence Delerue originally intended.
Interestingly, several cues were dropped during post production, so those sequences are being
heard here for the first time, positioned as Delerue had planned. They can be identified
by the legend [No Cue Title] in the “Cue Assembly” section of our booklet.
Though the condition of the tapes was quite good for their age, the recorded sound
was somewhat pinched. We have added a judicious amount of stereo reverb to reduce the
otherwise dry, dead center mono effect. No attempt has been made to artificially remove
tape hiss or otherwise affect the dynamic range of the masters,
allowing as much of the early recording’s original ambience to
And, as always, the privilege of assembling and presenting
these early recordings from the Fox catalog remains possible
due to the dedication and preservation efforts of producer
Nick Redman and the overall supervision of Tom Cavanaugh
at Twentieth Century Fox.
So listen now to one of George’s Delerue’s earliest
soundtracks, showcasing both the beautiful themes and the
dramatic elements at which he was so gifted.