The new releases of Quartet Records
Bernard Herrmann’s The Bride Wore Black, the second of his two collaborations with François Truffaut (Fahrenheit 451 was the first), has been eagerly sought after by collectors and film music fans around the world for many years. Despite the efforts of several specialized labels, including us, the search for the complete original elements has been unsuccessful. The orchestral sessions conducted by André Girard and Herrmann himself in Paris in 1968 are either destroyed or lost. So how can we recover this music, a prime score from Herrmann’s last years? The only solution was to record it again and bring this music back to life in state-of-the-art digital sound.
Quartet Records and Gruppo Sugar proudly present a 2-CD set with the premiere release of the complete score composed by Nino Rota for Federico Fellini’s classic 8½. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo and Barbara Steele, the film is about a harried movie director who retreats into his memories and fantasies. Being one of the most personal and introspective films of Fellini, the movie was a big international success, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1963 and appearing on many film critics’ lists of the best movies ever made.
Quartet Records and MGM present a 60th anniversary remastered 2-CD edition of Jerome Moross' The Big Country, one of the most famous western scores ever composed. The 60th anniversary of this masterpiece brings the opportunity to revisit the score, fully restored and remastered by Chris Malone (in true mono sound, without any fake stereo image), fixing some imperfections inherent on all previous releases and making it sounds better than ever! On the second CD they have included both versions of the historic LP, the processed stereo and the mono, transferred from master tapes vaulted at MGM.
Quartet Records and MGM present the 35th-anniversary remastered, 2-CD expanded edition of the score by Arthur B. Rubinstein for the classic ’80s thriller WarGames. The first CD is sequenced in film order and sounds as it is heard in the film. On the second disc they have included, for the first time, the reissue of the original Polydor LP, whose mixes were also a bit different from what was prepared for the film. Also included in the bonus section are some alternates and cues not used in the film, offering the most complete edition that will be a delight for fans of this film and score.
Quartet Records, GDM and EMI General Music Publishing present a 30th anniversary remastered edition of the timeless score composed by Ennio Morricone for the Academy-Award-winning Cinema Paradiso (Best Foreign Language Film, 1989), directed by Giussepe Tornatore and starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin and Salvatores Cascio in the role of Totó. Morricone wrote for this film one of the most delicious, melodic and lovely scores of his long and impressive career. It is a true declaration of his love for cinema and Italian culture—featuring not one, but two gorgeous love themes, one of them credited to the composer's son, Andrea Morricone.
Quartet Records and El Deseo present the premiere soundtrack release of the iconic Spanish comedy Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) celebrating the 30th anniversary of its film release. The music was composed by Bernardo Bonezzi, Almodóvar’s usual composer during his first period. Bonezzi's music accompanies the character of Pepa in the difficult moments that thread through the film as she searches for the lover who has abandoned her when he discovers she is pregnant. Bonezzi acknowledged it was a tribute to Bernard Herrmann and the Frank Skinner scores for the films of Douglas Sirk; it also includes a fun homage to Planet of the Apes by Jerry Goldsmith.
Quartet Records and TVE present the world premiere release of the classic Spanish TV documentary series composed by Antón García Abril in a mammoth 4-CD set. With a main theme that instantly became a pop culture classic in Spain, García Abril specifically wrote the music for several episodes, as well as a huge amount of reference themes to be used in others. Mostly written for symphony orchestra and chorus, the music includes echoes of Debussy and Ravel as well as risky experimentation between classics and pop—all handled with the composer’s characteristic sound. El Hombre Y La Tierra is one of the great epic soundtracks in the television music of the seventies.
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