At last! World premiere release of exciting, melodic large-scale orchestral score by Maurice Jarre for Robert Stevenson action fantasy from Walt Disney Pictures, starring David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako. Jarre opens with heroic minor-key fanfare-theme for French horns, trumpets, then moves into soaring melodic territory representing fanciful flying machine in flight. Discovery of ancient Viking civilization, subsequent battles, raging volcano all inspire composer to create one of the most colorful, exciting scores of his prolific, award-laden career. Standing out amidst the excitement is extremely moving, gentle theme for Donald, lost son of businessman that plays at heart of fanciful tale. Haunting theme is one of composer's finest! Intrada CD presents complete score in dynamic stereo, newly mixed from original multi-track session masters vaulted in beautiful condition in Disney vaults. Colorful graphic design from Joe Sikoryak plus liner notes from Jeff Bond complete handsome package. Maurice Jarre conducts.
01. Title & Theme (2:38) 02. We're Under Way (1:46) 03. The Dirigible (3:12) 04. Full Speed (0:53) 05. Traveling (5:19) 06. Oomiak Is Trapped (2:02) 07. Follow It (2:14) 08. The Storm (1:43) 09. They Start the Trek (1:50) 10. Donald's House (1:40)
The rich and exciting Maurice Jarre music for
The Island at the Top of The World remains something of a rare bird in motion picture
scoring. Almost every finished sequence that both composer and film maker “spotted” (a
process of determining where music will be used) contained the music intended and in
the form in which the cues were recorded. Every cue Jarre recorded was used in the film,
and in almost all instances, each was dialed into and out of the picture’s soundtrack exactly where intended. The number of film scores where this occurs is
quite limited indeed.
To present this premiere release of the complete score,
Intrada was given access to all of the original session masters
recorded in 1974 at the Disney Studios. The actual sessions were
recorded on 35mm magnetic film, with various parts of the orchestra
recorded on numerous film rolls identified as “A” rolls,
“B” rolls and so forth. Jarre wrote for a standard-size orchestra
but added a considerable number of percussion parts requiring
separate “overlay” rolls. These carried numerous details
like temple blocks, cymbals, gongs, tam tams and a speciallyprocessed
wood and metal “long horn” which provided a “signature”
sound heard throughout numerous island sequences,
including the very close of the score itself. Final mixing of all of
these channels required the synchronization of multiple projectors.
After the film music mixes were completed, the engineers
then combined the numerous channels of musical information
with the sound effects and dialog, creating a single composite
mono film soundtrack for theatrical presentations.
Happily, all of the original scoring session elements
were vaulted in perfect condition. Every channel of every
reel survived, including all of the percussion overlays. This allowed
the Disney engineers to create digital transfers for every element,
making it possible for us to present brand new two-channel stereo
mixes of every single cue for our CD.
So join our flight crew, climb aboard our specially designed airship
and travel with us to that fabled island where the whales go
to die… with Maurice Jarre and his orchestra as your tour guides.
Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre.
Recorded on May 28, 29, and June 18, 1974, at Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California.
VIOLIN Israel Baker
Jack L. Pepper
VIOLA Peter A. Mark
Barbara A. Simons
CELLO Ray Kramer
Douglas L. Davis
BASS Arni Egilsson
Meyer “Mike” Rubin
Peter A. Mercurio
Robert K. Stone
ECHOPLEX Dorothy Remsen
PIANO Michael Lang
WOODWINDS Louise DiTullio
Arnold E. Koblentz
John C. Ellis
Arthur C. Smith
HORN Vincent De Rosa
Richard E. Perissi
TRUMPET Anthony Terran
CONCH HORN Richard T. Nash
ALPHORN Einar Anderson
PERCUSSION Dale L. Anderson
(Mallets, Vibes, Angklung,
Japanese Tree Bells)
(Drums, Mallets, Tympani,
Angklung, Wood Blocks,
(Drums, Latin, Mallets,
Tympani, Vibes, Angklung,
(Drums, Mallets, Sistrum,