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The Miracle

The Miracle

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 243)

Release Date: September 30, 2013

Conducted by Elmer Bernstein

Format: CD

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Disc 1:
1. Main Title 2:19
2. At First Sight 2:34
3. Aftermath 1:29
4. Infirmary 3:02
5. Un Momento 2:46
6. Convalescence 1:52
7. Stolen Fruit 1:35
8. Departure / Decision / Flight / French Attack 12:09
9. Musical Watch / Death News 1:12
10. Christian Gypsy / Proposal 2:41
11. A Woman for Carlitos / Michael's Return 0:48
12. Betrayal / Guido Dead 4:41
  Disc Time: 37:08

Disc 2:
1. Madrid 2:18
2. With Your Permission / The Painting 1:02
3. Casimir Exits 0:59
4. Teresa and Cordoba 1:53
5. Hail the Matador / The Bull 0:52
6. Cordoba's Death 1:58
7. La Morena Gitana 0:58
8. Reunion 3:14
9. Toast to Victory / Waltz 3:30
10. Forgotten Vows 3:19
11. Bugles / Action 1:12
12. Waterloo / Teresa Departs / The Journey / Arrival at Convent / Madonna Returns 11:35
13. Gratitude 0:55
14. Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart, arr. Bernstein) / End Title 2:47
15. THE EXTRAS: French Attack (alternate) 3:11
16. A Woman for Carlitos / Michael's Return (film version, no vocal) 0:48
17. Gratitude (alternate) 0:57
18. Oh Maria, Madre Mia (Traditional, arr. Bernstein) 3:05
19. Salve Virgen Pura (Unknown, arr. Bernstein) 2:28
20. British Grenadiers (Unknown, arr. Bernstein) 0:57
21. Auld Lang Syne (Traditional, arr. Bernstein) 1:09
22. La Boca de Pepita (Unknown, arr. Bernstein) 2:03
23. Cancion de Maja (Unknown, arr. Bernstein) 2:09
24. Muineira (Unknown, arr. Bernstein) 0:49
25. Adoramus Te (Palestrina, arr. Bernstein) 2:07
  Disc Time: 56:15
  Total Album Time: 93:23

From the Manufacturer

The Miracle was one of the most ambitious and significant scores of Bernstein's early career. The composer acknowledged its importance when, responding to numerous fan requests, he chose it as the first of his own scores to re-record for his pioneering Film Music Collection in 1974.

That LP featured about 27 minutes of the score. But, until now, the original tracks from Bernstein's score have never been available. In an article for his Film Music Notebook, Bernstein explained: "The score for The Miracle was composed in the late fifties and represents the conclusion of the lessons learned during my apprenticeship with C.B. DeMille on the religious spectacular. In fact, The Miracle represents the last score I did in this particular style as it is the last film I scored with a religious theme."

The early 19th-century setting and the Spanish locale provided new opportunities for Bernstein. "The style of the music is somewhat reminiscent of The Ten Commandments," he wrote. "The sound is 'big' in the old sense. The [musical] 'mise-en-scène' is romantic-symphonic. The score differs from The Ten Commandments in that The Miracle is considerably more romantic and the fact that the period is early 19th century provides a freedom of expression one does not enjoy in a biblical context." This will hit the listener right way, when the principal theme is introduced during the main title in a lush, romantic setting.

This premiere release of Bernstein's score on this 2-CD set for The Miracle was mixed and mastered from monaural dubs of the orchestral and vocal tracks archived at Warner Bros. originally on 1/4" tapes, transferred to 2" as part of a preservation project in the 1990s.

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