The Miracle Worker
Limited Edition of 1,000 Copies
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal
|4.||Doll and Ladder|
|5.||She Folded Her Napkin|
|6.||The Search / To the Garden House|
|10.||Let Her Come|
|11.||Come to Supper|
|12.||The Miracle / The Keys|
|14.||BONUS TRACKS: Percy|
|15.||The Keys (Film Version)|
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Laurence Rosenthal's score for The Miracle Worker is, to put it plainly, a miracle. His grasp of what makes The Miracle Worker tick and his ability to capture that in musical terms is uncanny. Beginning with the haunting main title as we meet Helen Keller and enter her dark world, and continuing through a series of cues that capture every nuance of character and dramanever overstating, always illuminating, and ultimately as moving a score as has ever been written.
There are no words that can capture what Rosenthal achieves in the film's penultimate cue, "The Miracle / The Keys," other than to say it is one of the greatest fusions of image and music and emotion ever created. It is the key reason that sequence is one of the most emotional ever put on filmthere is never a dry eye as the music swells and Annie Sullivan shouts, "She knows, she knows." It is one of the greatest moments in all of film.
The Miracle Worker has been released twice before on CDonce on a composer promo and once by Intrada. The latter edition sold out very quickly. It's always a tough call when doing a re-release of a limited edition title, but in the case of The Miracle Worker there was no questionthe music deserves to be heard by the widest audience possible and because of its quick sellout it never really had a chance beyond the film music collector market.
For this release, we have done what we hope you'll agree are some improvements to the sound. The previous releases both had kind of a reverby faux stereo spread that wasn't part of the original session soundwe've gone back to the basics as there was nice room ambience in the original recordings and the score takes on a more immediate sound without the extra reverb. On the previous releases there was a tape crimp problem in the opening notes of the main titlewe've happily fixed that, and we've fixed a few other dropouts and other anomalies.
Also, we include two bonus tracks that were not on either of the previous CDs. Unfortunately, the sound is not optimal for the bonus material, but we felt that the music is so good in those two cues (one of which, as you'll hear, was either re-scored for the film or put together for the film as it differs from the originally recorded cue) that we hope you'll forgive the not-so-hot sound on those two cues just to hear more of this incredible score.
This release is limited to 1,000 copies .
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Released: April 27, 2010