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The Music Of Michel Legrand

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In October 2010, 78-year-old French film composer Michel Legrand traveled to Moscow to conduct his arrangements of highlights from his lengthy career in recorded performances by the Moscow Virtuosi, a group composed of members of various Moscow symphony and chamber orchestras. The result is the two-CD set, The Music of Michel Legrand, which demonstrates the composer's versatility in writing for films. It begins, naturally, with the theme from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), commonly known as "I Will Wait for You," which first gained international recognition for Legrand in the '60s. Also included, of course, are versions of music that won him his three Academy Awards, for the song "Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair and the scores of Summer of '42 and Yentl, as well as a treatment from the Emmy-winning score for the TV movie Brian's Song. Although Legrand has a light touch with symphonic themes, expressed notably in the lush "Gable and Lombard" and the throbbing, suspenseful "The Three Musketeers," along with a portion of "The Scoundrel" that sounds like it was borrowed from a Haydn symphony, the composer is also adept at bringing in elements of pop and jazz when called for. "Di Gue Ding Ding," for instance is a soft rock theme with an electric bass and rock drum set, while "Dingo" has a scatting vocalist and "Family Fugue" contains a lengthy jazz piano trio section. It was this mastery of styles that allowed Legrand to succeed as a Frenchman with one foot firmly planted in the Hollywood mainstream, and his music remains appealing in these suites and excerpts, effectively performed in 2010 under his baton.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Theme) [From "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg"]
00:04:00

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Sony/ATV Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

2
Concerto (From "Les Demoiselles De Rochefort")
00:02:12

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

3
Once Upon A Summertime (La Valse des Lilas)
00:03:41

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Universal Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

4
The Summer Knows (From "Summer Of '42")
00:04:12

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Universal Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

5
Di-Gue-Ding-Ding
00:03:09

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Universal Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

6
Brian's Song (Theme) [From "Brian's Song"]
00:02:52

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

7
Dingo (Theme) [From "Dingo"]
00:04:15

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Sidomusic, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

8
I Was Born In Love With You (From "Wuthering Heights")
00:05:32

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Sony/ATV Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

9
Gable And Lombard (Theme) [From "Gable And Lombard"]
00:04:56

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Universal Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

10
Watch What Happens (From "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg")
00:05:45

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Warner/Chappell Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

11
The Windmills Of Your Mind (From "The Thomas Crown Affair")
00:04:37

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

12
Le Mans (Theme) [From "Le Mans"]
00:03:28

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

13
The Hunter (Theme) [From "The Hunter"]
00:05:09

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Sony/ATV Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

14
Un Parfum De Fin Du Monde (From "Les Uns Et Les Autres")
00:04:23

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Editions 23, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

15
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (From "The Happy Ending")
00:06:14

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

16
The Way He Makes Me Feel / Papa, Can You Hear Me? / A Piece Of Sky (From "Yentl")
00:07:36

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - EMI Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

17
La Dauphin Oum (From "Oum Le Dauphin")
00:03:00

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Warner/Chappell Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

18
Maries De L'An 2 (From "The Scoundrel")
00:02:30

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Hortensia Sarl, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

19
The Three Musketeers (Overture) [From "The Three Musketeers"]
00:08:13

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Warner/Chappell Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

20
Family Fugue
00:08:55

Michel Legrand, MainArtist - Warner/Chappell Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Silva Screen Records (P) 2011 Silva Screen Records

Album Description

In October 2010, 78-year-old French film composer Michel Legrand traveled to Moscow to conduct his arrangements of highlights from his lengthy career in recorded performances by the Moscow Virtuosi, a group composed of members of various Moscow symphony and chamber orchestras. The result is the two-CD set, The Music of Michel Legrand, which demonstrates the composer's versatility in writing for films. It begins, naturally, with the theme from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), commonly known as "I Will Wait for You," which first gained international recognition for Legrand in the '60s. Also included, of course, are versions of music that won him his three Academy Awards, for the song "Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair and the scores of Summer of '42 and Yentl, as well as a treatment from the Emmy-winning score for the TV movie Brian's Song. Although Legrand has a light touch with symphonic themes, expressed notably in the lush "Gable and Lombard" and the throbbing, suspenseful "The Three Musketeers," along with a portion of "The Scoundrel" that sounds like it was borrowed from a Haydn symphony, the composer is also adept at bringing in elements of pop and jazz when called for. "Di Gue Ding Ding," for instance is a soft rock theme with an electric bass and rock drum set, while "Dingo" has a scatting vocalist and "Family Fugue" contains a lengthy jazz piano trio section. It was this mastery of styles that allowed Legrand to succeed as a Frenchman with one foot firmly planted in the Hollywood mainstream, and his music remains appealing in these suites and excerpts, effectively performed in 2010 under his baton.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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