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The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 321)

Release Date: June 8, 2015

Conducted by Irvin Talbot

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. Prelude (alternate) / New York Skyline 2:14
2. Don Stays Home / The Weekend Begins 3:47
3. Rye and William Shakespeare 1:25
4. Broken Date and Hidden Bottle 3:45
5. Phone Call (new version) 2:04
6. Frustration 4:32
7. The Novel 3:23
8. Bottle Is Discovered 1:50
9. Morning and Telephone 2:06
10. The Walk (new version) 4:20
11. Gloria and Fall 3:05
12. The Alcoholic Ward / Night Alcoholic Ward / The Elevated 4:53
13. Dawn / Nightmare 7:19
14. The Rainy Day 2:04
15. Suicide Attempt 5:22
16. Long Finale 2:39
17. EXTRAS: Prelude / Meet the People 1:51
18. Rye and William Shakespeare (short version) 1:16
19. Phone Call (original version) 1:52
20. The Walk (original version) 4:34
21. Alternate Finale / Cast of Characters 2:26
22. Wild Theremin 0:45
  Total Album Time: 67:32

From the Manufacturer

In the 1945 Paramount film The Lost Weekend, composer Miklos Rózsa continued to build on what would become his famous film noir style–and he had just introduced it in Double Indemnity the previous year. Throughout the remainder of the decade it would become a signature style both for him and the genre in general. It was a style steeped in dissonance, yearning and dark orchestral colors.

For The Lost Weekend, Rózsa's melodies, harmonies, rhythms and orchestration suffuse the film with qualities of restlessness, yearning and struggle. Without this score, the film would have struggled to portray the seriousness of alcoholism and its destructive wake. The main theme is a piercing siren call, often reinforced by the eerie, wailing timbre of the Theremin, representing main character Don Birnam's overpowering addiction to alcohol. Another theme represents the faithful, loving and stabilizing presence of Helen as she struggles to hold onto and help Don. These are just examples of artistry found in this Oscar-nominated score.

Paramount transferred The Lost Weekend's original optical music tracks to 35-millimeter magnetic tape long ago. However, it was only recently that archivists located these master tapes. Almost everything had been preserved, but age had taken its toll, and four cues were missing altogether. Nonetheless, this classic score is now represented for the first time as definitively as possible.

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