Label: Griffe - GRI-19001 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: France • Genre: Stage & Screen •
The story focuses on the Bettouns, a family of Sephardic Jews and the expanding criminal enterprise run by head of the family Raymond, their godfather. He composed a score animated by three primary themes, which he employs quite well, often playing one against the other. The first is the warm and intimate Family Theme, which features a Mort De Mokhtar - Serge Franklin - Le Grand Carnaval (Extraits De La Bande Originale Du Film De Alex, a bandoneon, piano and strings.
The second is the percussive Power Theme, which has a driving, propulsive and kinetic animating force coupled with fierce string writing. The third is the Love Theme, which has a gentle flowing melodic line emoted by either bandoneon or piano with guitar accompaniment. We are introduced to the primary theme of the score, the Family Theme, which begins with a warm guitar line played over strings that is soon joined by a bandoneon and the Roland TR automated drum machine.
Slowly but inexorably we are treated to an accelerando as the music, propelled by the TR blossoms into the wondrous major modal Power Theme filled with amazing animating energy. Franklin shifts the main melodic line between the strings and bandoneon effortlessly while infusing the music with ethnic coloring.
The Рыбаки - Various - Лирические Напевы. Народные Песни Крымских Татар is simply infectious and I cannot understate how much I love this cue! In cue 23 we are treated to a more intimate down tempo rendering of the theme by solo piano, while in cue 24 the theme is expressed vocally as an up tempo song sung by Herbert Pagani. The potency of the music increases as bandoneon and sharp stick percussion accelerate the music into the Power Theme.
The cue takes off atop the strings in earnest with a driving force that alternates with interludes of shifting stick percussion and the drum ostinato. This is an amazing percussive and textural cue, which features a fascinating interplay of instruments and variations in tempo. I appreciate the complexity and rhythmic variances. This intimate piece for small ensemble introduces the Love Theme, which abounds with tenderness and love. The beautiful gentle flowing melodic More Human Than Human (Clean Version) - Various - MCA Radio Compilation - CD #8 - April 1995 is first emoted by bandoneon with guitar accompaniment.
The melody is then taken up by solo piano that is eventually joined by lyrical strings. Simply wonderful!
It has a big band and nightclub flavor to it and features the usual cast of players; trumpets, electric bass, funky piano and a steady percussive beat.
Franklin infuses the theme with a Castilian sensibility as lyrical strings join the guitar to end the cue. This cue is simply gorgeous!
There is a driving self-renewing kinetic flow to this theme that I just find fascinating. We open with the Family Theme on guitar with bandoneon accompaniment that transitions to the Love Theme with the bandoneon taking up the melodic line and the guitar switching to a supportive role. The blending of these two themes and the reversal of instrument roles is really well conceived and appeals to my aesthetic.
I just love this cue! The melodic line is taken up by a hesitant piano, which is joined in a closing trio with bandoneon and cello. This short cue is beautifully constructed and the interplay of instruments superb. A steady percussive beat underpins the melody, which is rotated among the instruments; first woodwinds then bandoneon and finally alto saxophone. A bandoneon takes up the melody with strings before yielding to the guitar, which completes the cue.
The next two cues provide a common ambiance. This rendition features the Mort De Mokhtar - Serge Franklin - Le Grand Carnaval (Extraits De La Bande Originale Du Film De Alex melodic line shifting among the instruments with sequential solo statements by guitar, bandoneon, cello, viola and concluding with the guitar. This cue is first rate, really well constructed and I appreciate the solos. Furious strings, saxophone, bandoneon and dynamic pounding percussion propel the cue forward with its usual animating energy.
It features varied and complex percussive effects that play against a furious string ostinato that references the Power Theme. At the music ends abruptly and transitions to an eerie shifting string sustain from which arise dark low register piano chords with pizzicato strings effects.
The cue slowly builds and we are then treated to a wondrous interplay of a muted Power Theme, the bandoneon carried Family Theme and lastly, the cello borne Love Theme.
Wow, all three themes join in and work to create an amazing cue. This is exceptional writing! The music is hopeful, abounds in Mort De Mokhtar - Serge Franklin - Le Grand Carnaval (Extraits De La Bande Originale Du Film De Alex modal colors and ends the score with a very satisfying flourish. Allow me to acknowledge and thank once again Cyril Durand-Roger and Laurent Lafarge of Music Box Records for a most welcome restoration and reissue of a classic French score.
The Boogie Landing - Crawlspace - Ape Scrawl features 61 minutes of music that includes more than 30 minutes of previously unreleased music. The quality of the restoration is excellent with crisp and clear sound.
Until now I was unfamiliar with Chica - Gaby Castillo - Croix canon of Serge Franklin. This is a most welcome and appreciated introduction!
He provides a rich ethnic score filled with complexity, shifting rhythms and textures as well as three wonderful themes.
This is classic French film score writing and I recommend that you add this rare score limited to copies to your collection. You will not be disappointed. Music and composed and conducted by Serge Franklin. Orchestrations by Serge Franklin. Recorded and mixed by Henri Loustau. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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