Two early 70s scores from Philippe Sarde
– both from a time when he was really at the top of his game! Le Chat is a soundtrack that's done with the rich amount of feeling that can make some of the best Sarde
scores so special – larger orchestrations, but peppered with solo piano by Philippe
– who really knows how to set the mood for his music with a special sense of tone and timing! There's one unusual tune on the set – the vocal number "Le Temps Des Souvenir", sung by Jean Sablon, who's in the film – but all others are instrumental, and include "L'Escalier", "Solitude", "Les Petits Papiers", "Suspense 2", and "Grande Surface". Le Train is a really beautiful little soundtrack from Philippe Sarde
– done partly in the mode of the more dramatic French scores of the 60s, but also with some of the lighter, more contemporary elements that made some of Sarde
's music a nice step forward from other French composers like Francis Lai! As with Lai, Sarde
has a wonderful sense of moment and mood – using familiar elements, but in a very special way – moving way past the obvious with his orchestrations on tunes that include "L'Attaque", "La Nuit", "La Guerre", "Julien", "La Traversee", and "Anna".
(Limited edition of 500!)