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Francis Lai: The Essential Film Music Collection
Composed by Francis Lai
Silva Screen Records (2011)

Rating: 7/10

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“The tragedy heard within the confines of a number of pieces cannot be underestimated, but neither can the lack of variation when the score is considered as a whole. ”

A Collection of Broken Hearts
Review by Richard Buxton

For a composer with over one hundred composing credits to his name it is perhaps strange that FRANCIS LAI is not talked about more often in the film industry course, this can partly be attributed to his relative inactivity in recent years, and while the likes of Zimmer & co dominate the scoring stage these days, the music of FRANCIS LAI will nevertheless be something is forever be looked upon fondly in cinematic history
 
After winning the hearts of the Academy and the music-listening population of the United States in 1970 with his score for LOVE STORY and its theme-turned-song “Where Do I Begin”, FRANCIS LAI cemented his place as one of the greats of film scoring So it is fitting after a career spanning over 45 years that LAI and his fans are rewarded with such a collection as this. However, despite all of the acclaim, THE ESSENTIAL MUSIC COLLECTION is somewhat of a divisive listening experience. A single listen-through makes it abundantly clear that a number of the tracks are the kind that will either be loved or hated by the listener, such is their nature. This becomes apparent in the very first track of the collection.
 
“13 Jours En France” is largely typical of the entire collection, not in the theme it presents, but in the flowing, dreamlike fashion in which LAI has composed. The most divisive factor here is the instrumentation. The accordion, LAI’S primary instrument, is one that is not often heard in film scores and this is perhaps for good reason. The accordion is not an instrument that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of a cinematic sound. Despite this, the accordion was clearly chosen for a reason and it is justified in terms of the overall aesthetic of the piece.
 
What is surely a more universally accepted cinematic instrument is of course, the piano, and LAI makes good use of this instrument throughout the collection. The tracks “Concerto Pour La Fin D’un Amour” and “Emmanuelle II” exemplify LAI’S ability to evoke the strongest of atmospheres, as emotion pours out of the piano, strings and woodwinds. In what is surely LAI’S most recognized work, “Love Story”, the rolls of the piano paint a canvas of musical imagery as the strains of the string section burst into full splendor towards the climax of the piece. The “Love Story” is undoubtedly the highlight in this collection.
 
Emotions of a different kind are also prevalent in the collection, and the likes of “Les Uns Let Les Autres – Ballet Apocalypse” and “Intineraire D’Un Enfant Gate” have a decidedly more playful personality, the former employing a vocalist while the latter opts for a consistent string ostinato. However, the overall quality of “Enfant Gate” is unfortunately largely let down by a lack of force and intent in the orchestration. Never does it feel like the overall potential of the sound is reached.
 
In terms of the shifts of emotional content, the collection is clearly diversified, yet it is in LAI’S ability to evoke pangs of sorrow that the collection truly shines. The wistful harmonies of “La Genre Humain” are juxtaposed with the themes heard in the likes of “La Passager De La Pluie” and “La Lecon Peculiere”. Such a difference only serves as a reminder that the tragic pieces are by far the strongest. The gloriously heartbreaking strings of “Les Etoiles Du Cinema” once again reiterate this.
 
The closing moments of the score only serve to emphasize the notion that the collection is somewhat two-dimensional to all but the most ardent of FRANCIS LAI fans. The music in the collection attempts to evoke a minimal range of emotions, but excels in doing so. The tragedy heard within the confines of a number of pieces cannot be underestimated, but neither can the lack of variation when the score is considered as a whole.
 

Rating: 7/10


Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 13 Jours En France 3:52  ***
2 Bilitis 4:14  ***
3 Concerto Por La Fin D'un Amour 3:22  *****
4 Emmanuelle II 3:38  ****
5 Les Uns Et Les Autres - Ballet Apocalypse 2:30  ***
6 Les Uns Et les Autres - Folies Bergere 4:11  **
7 Itineraire D'un Enfant Gate 3:57  ***
8 La Belle Histoire 3:27  ***
9 La Course Du Lievre A Travers Les Champs 2:25  ***
10 La Lecon Particuliere 2:22  ***
11 Le Genre Humain 3:06  ****
12 La Passager De La Pluie 5:03  ****
13 Les Etoiles Du Cinema 3:58  *****
14 Les Miserables 3:31  ***
15 Les Ripoux 2:48  ****
16 Pour L'amour De Les Yeux Noirs 3:35  ***
17 Love Story 5:04  *****
18 Mayerling 1:56  ****
19 Un Home Et Une Femme 2:56  ***
20 Vivre Pour Vivre 3:11  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 69 minutes  

 

 
   

 

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