Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 289)
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Conducted by James Horner
|3.||Chase Through The Park||1:57|
|6.||Pasha And Golodkin Shot||1:04|
|8.||Arkady And Irina (Film Version)||2:12|
|9.||Irina's Theme (Album Version)||3:32|
|10.||The Sable Shed (Album Version)||6:40|
|13.||Setting Up The Deal||2:36|
|14.||Farewell At The Airport (Album Version)||4:19|
|15.||Releasing The Sables/End Credits (Album Version)||4:23|
|16.||EXTRAS: Main Title (Without Classical Inserts)||2:51|
|17.||A Leather Bag With The Gun||0:39|
|19.||First Flashback (Without Classical Insert)||0:33|
|21.||Second Flashback In Arkady's Office||1:22|
|22.||Second Flashback In Arkady's Office (Without Classical Insert)||1:07|
|23.||Arkady And Irina (Album Version)||2:28|
|27.||The Sable Shed (Film Version)||6:40|
|29.||Farewell At The Airport (Film Version)||2:59|
|30.||Releasing The Sables/End Credits (Film Version)||4:25|
|31.||Stockholm Salted Peanuts) (Cocktail Piano)||4:00|
|Total Album Time:||78:08|
For the 1983 film Gorky Park, composer James Horner brilliantly blended orchestral and synthesized textures, wielding an impressive array of stringed instruments (including balalaika, mandolin, guitar, oud, harp and cimbalom), and featuring such distinctive textures as accordion, the piercing otherworldly tones of Nyle Steiner's EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and the cavernous groanings of Craig Huxley's Blaster Beam.
The miasma introduced during the main title is both brooding and clamorous, evocative of the institutionalized corruption that follows. During the film's frequent chase sequences the music shifts gears, becoming a churning machine that drives the action relentlessly forward. The contrast between agile drum kit, serving up a funky urban vibe, and a weighty motif in fortissimo low brassa potent combination of unison trombone, contrabass trombone and tubais particularly striking. This material builds on Horner's score for 48 Hours and anticipates later works such as Commando, although each of these retains a unique palette and energy. In stark contrast to the score's bleaker and more corrosive elements is Horner's theme for Irina, an aching minor-mode melody that emerges from a dreamlike mist of vibraphone and shimmering strings.
To present James Horner's complete music for Gorky Park, Intrada had access to the original recording session elements vaulted by MGM, including both 2" and 1/2" rolls of tape. Remixing was critical in that previous releases featured a unique anomaly. The array of gentle instruments such as the harp and vibraphone playing lengthy, exposed pianissimo passages (with long pauses built into the phrases) resulted in a noticeable degree of background noise, easily removed now, but not back in 1983 when the master was prepared.
Perhaps in compensation, the original "stereo" mixes for these cues were essentially mono mix-downs with high strings (violins, violas) and low strings (cellos, basses) panned dead center. Some of the nuancessuch as harp and vibraphonewere also focused in the center. The tracks played back with less noise, but lost almost all of their stereo separation as a result. With this new presentation, James Horner's score can be heard in beautiful, crisp stereo soundand the release features over twice as much music as the previous albums including additional music, alternates and film versions.
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Released: February 14, 2011
Released: June 6, 1990