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"Doctor Zhivago"

© Turner Entertainment Co. Year of Release: 1995

track listing
  • Overture
  • Main Title
  • Kontakion/Funeral Song
  • Lara Is Charming
  • The Internationale
  • Lara And Komarovsky
    Dancing Up
    A Storm
  • Komarovsky With Lara
    In The Hotel
  • Interior Student Cafe
  • Sventitsky's Waltz/
    After The Shooting
  • Military Parade
  • They Began
    To Go Home
  • After Deserters Killed
    The Colonel
  • At The Hospital
  • Lara Says Goodbye
    To Yuri
  • Tonya Greets Yuri
  • The Stove's Out
  • Yevgraf Snaps
    His Fingers
  • Evening Bells-
    Moscow Station
  • Flags Flying
    Over The Train
  • Yuri Gazing Through A
    Tiny Open Hatch
  • The Door Is
    Banged Opened
  • Intermission
  • Yuri Follows
    The Sound Of
    The Waterfall
  • Tonya And Yuri Arrive
    At The Varykino
  • They Didn't Lock
    The Cottage
  • Varykino Cottage
    Winter Snow
  • Yuri And The Daffodils
  • On A Yuriatin Street
  • In Lara's Bedroom
  • Yuri Rides To Yuriatin
  • Yuri Is Taken Prisoner
    By The
    Red Partisans
  • For As Long As
    We Need You
  • Yuri Is Escaping
  • Yuri Approaches
    Lara's Apartment
  • Yuri Looks
    Into The Mirror
  • Lara And Yuri
    At Varykino
  • Yuri Is Trying To Write
  • Yuri Frightens
    The Wolves Away
    Part I
  • Lara Reads Her Poem
  • Yuri Frightens
    The Wolves Away
    Part II
  • Yuri Works On
  • Then It's A Gift
    (End Title)
  • Lara's Theme
    (Jazz Version)
  • Lara's Theme
    (Rock 'n' Roll
  • Lara's Theme
    (Swing Version)

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    "Doctor Zhivago"

    "I had six weeks to write and record the score for Doctor Zhivago, so I was forced to compose many minutes of music each day. Any composer knows that inspiration does not always come when you need it, and you get panicky. But now working with David Lean. There are rarely problems with inspiration when you are working for a great director."
    Maurice Jarre,
    liner notes from Doctor Zhivago (30th Anniversary), 1995

    This is once again in the category of "I've never seen the movie, but love the music." Especially one song in particular -- "Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)." As a young keyboardist, I played this song many atimes, (and still today), in a slow style. "Somewhere My Love" is one of my favorite songs in this fashion, and looking up this song in one my encyclopedias of music (Top 40 Hits (3rd Edition), by Joel Whitburn, Billboard Publications, Inc., New York, 1987) -- This song was popular by Ray Conniff. (I'm not familiar with his version, so I'm not sure if it was slow styled or not; I'll have to look this up on for a sound byte. Besides, Ray Conniff has been on my "wishlist" of artists to include for WSVNRadio.) This slow style is probably best heard on this reissue on "Lara Says Goodbye To Yuri," although through other tracks on this reissue, "Somewhere My Love" is used either slow-style, medium-paced, or faster than usual.

    As for the movie/soundtrack -- it was originally released in 1965, and was #1 on the album charts for only one week. In 1995, Turner Entertainment Company reissued the soundtrack, on it's 30th anniversary. Filled with outtakes and songs not released on the original soundtrack (45 tracks in all), the reissue definitely defines a true sound of energetic music pieces, full orchestration, and many tracks can be compared to Classical music, in its full glory. The storyline tells the life of a Russian doctor/poet (Omar Sharif) who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife (Julie Christie) and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. ( For more info: ) or on Wikipedia.

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