Composed and Conducted by ELMER BERNSTEIN
INTRADA Special Collection Volume 36
The late 70s and early 80s were a renaissance period for the science
fiction genre, spurred on by the remarkable success of STAR WARS. One
such entry was the 1980 film SATURN 3. The remote Saturn 3 botanical
research station, named after its location on Saturn\'s third mood, finds
Adam and Alex (Kirk Douglas and Farah Fawcett) enjoying solitude and
romance, until bad guy Benson (Harvey Keitel) shows up to wreak havoc
and turns the station\'s robot, Hector, against them. Soon the thriller
switches into high gear as Hector is stalking Adam and Alex through the
botanical station\'s warren-like biomechanical corridors.
Composer Elmer Bernstein, who had scored sci-fi early in his career
(ROBOT MONSTER, CAT WOMEN ON THE MOON), had not scored a horror film per
se. SATURN 3 plays as much horror as it does sci-fi, a sub genere
revitalized the year before with ALIEN. Bernstein\'s brilliant effort
went largely unheard in the final film. He wrote for a massive orchestra
including extra brass, divisi string parts, a stunning array of
percussion players, large male chorus, solo soprano, piano, xylophone,
and harp. The score ranges from complex, experimental writing for
strings to explosive percussion riffs, from delicate harp arpeggios and
haunting solo soprano lines to powerful brass fanfares and dynamic
hammer-and-anvil rhythms. Saturn 3 was probably the most challenging
score in Bernstein’s impressive repertoire.
This INTRADA release features the complete score to SATURN 3 in the
original chronological sequence that was intended, mastered from the
original stereo two-track masters.
This release is limited to 2500 copies.
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