Maurice Jarre

Doctor Zhivago [Rhino]

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Doctor Zhivago [Rhino] Review

by Bruce Eder

Maurice Jarre wrote the central musical motif of his score for Doctor Zhivago, "Lara's Theme," in a few minutes in a hotel, amid a frantic five-week rush to score the 197-minute movie. That theme made the Doctor Zhivago soundtrack album one of the biggest selling soundtrack of the 1960s, a considerable feat when one reckons in the competition from A Hard Day's Night, Never on Sunday, A Man and a Woman, Exodus, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The rest of Jarre's score is more in the realm of lushly textured Russian-themed mood music, filled with dark male choruses, folk and folk-like themes, and dense orchestrations, sort of faux-Tchaikovsky. The stereo separation is used to good effect, and the music as a whole forms a kind of romantic/exotic travelogue as much as a dramatic sketch of the movie's action. The only drawback is that, given the length of the movie and the relatively short time that Jarre had to compose and record the score, there is a fair amount of repetition (one wishes that Jarre had been as lucky as Miklos Rozsa on Ben-Hur, with nearly a year to work on the music for that epic). The Sony CD was a considerable upgrade over the MGM LP and the mid-'80s MCA CD in both sound and content, adding a large body of incidental and intermission music built on the main themes from the film as well as several variants on "Lara's Theme." It, in turn, was supplanted by Rhino Records' 1995 re-release, which offered somewhat better sound quality and more than a half-dozen outtakes from the score.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 04:22 Amazon
2 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
3 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
4 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:16 Amazon
5 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:12 Amazon
6 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:40 Amazon
7 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 03:51 Amazon
8 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:34 Amazon
9 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
10 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:11 Amazon
11 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:06 Amazon
12 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:05 Amazon
13 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:00 Amazon
14 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:27 Amazon
15 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:46 Amazon
16 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:30 Amazon
17 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
18 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:03 Amazon
19 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:04 Amazon
20 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:37 Amazon
21 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:48 Amazon
22 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:43 Amazon
23 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:44 Amazon
24 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
25 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:33 Amazon
26 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:57 Amazon
27 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:17 Amazon
28 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:36 Amazon
29 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:34 Amazon
30 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:22 Amazon
31 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:49 Amazon
32 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:40 Amazon
33 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
34 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:50 Amazon
35 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:30 Amazon
36 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:39 Amazon
37 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:19 Amazon
38 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:49 Amazon
39 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:40 Amazon
40 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:55 Amazon
41 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 00:52 Amazon
42 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:43 Amazon
43 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:57 Amazon
44 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
45 Maurice Jarre feat: MGM Studio Orchestra 01:15 Amazon
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