Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 259)
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Conducted by Maurice Jarre
|1.||Silent Night & Main Title Music||5:56|
|5.||No Circus Deer||3:46|
|7.||Theme From Nabucco||2:15|
|10.||Mysteries Of Love||3:19|
|11.||Prancer Is Free & End Credits||7:39|
|Total Album Time:||48:59|
When composer Maurice Jarre was hired to score the elements of magic, childhood, and Christmastime in the 1989 MGM film Prancer, he rose to the challenge with panache. Jarre uses colors that capture the tone and almost storybook-like elements of the film, prominently featuring the EWI (electronic wind instrument) which becomes the main solo wind voiceoften representing the magical, otherworldly presence of the eponymous reindeer.
Another featured color is the Celtic harp, which gives the score rustic warmtha sound both ancient and intimate, and Jarre used it to perform the score's main themes solo or to provide little embellishments. The rest of the palette is comprised of solo piano, strings, and synthesizers, blending together to form a musical character both contemporary and timelessand thoroughly Jarre.
Almost the entire score plays in major keys and reflects the beauty and warmth of the Christmas spirit. The composer wrote two main themes for the film. One is for Prancer: a gliding, lyrical melody that rises and rises in its first half, then gradually falls, alighting on a series of descending chords. The other central theme is for the loving bond that develops between Jessie and Prancer.
To present this premiere CD release, Intrada was fortunate to locate the original stereo session mixes made onto DAT, and presented here just in time for the Christmas holiday.
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