Rare find! Exciting, flavorful score by Maurice Jarre in epic-style for Rou Tomono film gets premiere release on CD!
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Rare find! Exciting, flavorful score by Maurice Jarre in epic-style for 1992 Rou Tomono film gets premiere release on CD! Japan soldier (Masaya Kato) helps finance military invasion of Manchuria, then becomes caught up in both romance with Chinese rebel leader (Diane Lane), conflict with Chinese mafia leader (Yuen Biao). Jarre writes to all three elements with powerful symphonic score that features large orchestra, multiple harps, pianos, synthesizer, shakuhachi, Chinese sheng, pipa, erhu, Chinese lute, 13-string koto, 3-string samisen, EVI & EWI (Electronic Valve & Wind Instruments) plus mammoth orchestral percussion section including full tympani, 2 large bass drums, 2 taiko drums, odaiko drum and huge da-daiko drum. Jarre frames with rousing "Main Title", equally exciting "End Credits", then embarks on dynamic journey with motifs both epic, haunting. Rhythmic action music also has plenty to say. Truly powerful Maurice Jarre score! Entire CD presented from pristine-condition, two-track digital stereo session mixes recorded by Shawn Murphy at UCLA's Royce Hall in late June & July 1991 and mixed at Sony Pictures Studios. Long-time Jarre orchestrator Patrick Russ assists with production, Jim Lochner offers informative liner notes, Joe Sikoryak designs dramatic packaging. Maurice Jarre conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!
08. Puyi (0:29)
09 Yamashita (0:33)
10. Main Title (Original) (2:36)
Total Extras Time: 3:42
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Maurice Jarre scored The Setting Sun as an epic musical tapestry depicting events leading into WWII and Japan’s pending invasion of Manchuria. He wrote a large-scale, lavishly percussive and orchestrally florid work, weaving several themes, both grand and tender, into the fabric.
Jarre often assembled his albums not as mere souvenirs of the films they accompanied but as wholly constructed pieces of music worthy of the concert hall. Keys for various themes were often complementary, motifs that recurred throughout the score were given similar orchestral colors and other compositional devices were employed that facilitated numerous short cues being assembled into larger, cohesive sequences. With scores as diverse as Lion of the Desert (1981), Shadow of the Wolf (1993), Sunshine (1999), The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) and Tai-Pan (1986), Jarre fashioned his many cues into sensational listening experiences where the music no longer had to mimic the editing and pacing of the picture but instead could live and breathe as an entirely different (and independent) entity. The various cues were still there but they now formed stand-alone works of their own.
As the cues for The Setting Sun appeared to have been scored with the above-described musical continuity in mind, we elected to honor the composer’s album construction preferences by fashioning the shorter cues into lengthy, cohesive set-pieces that followed the overall picture narrative while playing as musically complete “movements” unto themselves. While not all film soundtracks can enjoy this much more satisfying musical approach, it is cause for joy when one can.
The Setting Sun was recorded at Royce Hall on the University of Southern California campus and subsequently mixed by Shawn Murphy at Sony Pictures Studios. The digital masters survived in pristine condition and Intrada wishes to thank orchestrator Patrick Russ for his assistance in helping us preserve and present this musical treasure.
The Setting Sun composed and conducted by Maurice Jarre. Recorded on June 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and July 27, 1991, at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.
VIOLIN Israel Baker - Concertmaster Sid Page - 2nd Margaret Batjer
Lily Ho Chen
Ralph Morrison III
VIOLA Pamela Goldsmith - 1st Don McInnes - 1st Marilyn Baker
CELLO Dennis Karmazyn - 1st Robert Adcock
Waldemar De Almeida
Anne Goodman Karam
BASS Buell Neidlinger - 1st Ann Atkinson
Frances Liu Wu
FLUTE Sheridon Stokes - 1st Diane Alancraig
OBOE Tom Boyd - 1st Gene Cipriano
CLARINET James Kanter - 1st Emily Bernstein - 1st Gary Bovyer
BASSOON Michael O'Donovan - 1st David Breidenthal
FRENCH HORN James Thatcher - 1st David Duke
TRUMPET Warren Luening - 1st Malcolm McNab - 1st Duane Floch
TROMBONES Lloyd Ulyate - 1st Ken Kugler
BASS TROMBONE Don Waldrop
DRUMS/PERCUSSION Emil Radocchia - 1st Larry Bunker
HARP Gayle Levant - 1st Lou Anne Neill
KEYBOARD, ELECTRONICS Ralph Grierson
PIANO Gloria Cheng
SHAKUHACHI Kazu Matsui
CHINESE FLUTE Jimmy Zhi-Ming Han
ERHU Guang-Ming Li
CHINESE LUTE Xiao Wu
KOTO, SAMISEN Kazue Kudo
ORCHESTRATOR Pat Russ
SUPERVISING COPYIST Robert Bornstein
COPYISTS Phil Azelton
Jeffrey H. Jones
Roberta L. McIntosh