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The Music of Michel Legrand: Summer of '42; Yentl; Wuthering Heights, et al.

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>Legrand, Michel : Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
>     Concerto
>Legrand, Michel : La valse des Lilas (Once upon a summertime)
>Legrand, Michel : The Summer of '42
>Legrand, Michel : Di-Gue-Ding-Ding
>Legrand, Michel : Brian's Song
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : Dingo
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : I Was Born in Love with You
>Legrand, Michel : Gable and Lombard
>     Theme
>Gimbel, Norman : Watch What Happens ([Recit de Cassard], from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
>Legrand, Michel : Windmills of Your Mind (Les moulins de mon coeur) (for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair)
>Legrand, Michel : Le Mans
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : The Hunter
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : Les Uns et Les Autres
>     Un Parfum de Fin du Monde
>Legrand, Michel : What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
>Legrand, Michel : Yentl
>     The Way He Makes Me Feel / Papa, Can You Hear Me? / A Piece of Sky
>Legrand, Michel : Oum le Dauphin
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : Maries de l'An 2
>     The Scoundrel
>Legrand, Michel : The Three Musketeers
>     Theme
>Legrand, Michel : Family Fugue, for jazz ensemble

Album Summary

>Legrand, Michel : Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
>Legrand, Michel : Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
>Legrand, Michel : La valse des Lilas (Once upon a summertime)
>Legrand, Michel : The Summer of '42
>Legrand, Michel : Di-Gue-Ding-Ding
>Legrand, Michel : Brian's Song
>Legrand, Michel : Dingo
>Legrand, Michel : I Was Born in Love with You
>Legrand, Michel : Gable and Lombard
>Gimbel, Norman : Watch What Happens ([Recit de Cassard], from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
>Legrand, Michel : Windmills of Your Mind (Les moulins de mon coeur) (for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair)
>Legrand, Michel : Le Mans
>Legrand, Michel : The Hunter
>Legrand, Michel : Les Uns et Les Autres
>Legrand, Michel : What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
>Legrand, Michel : Yentl
>Legrand, Michel : Oum le Dauphin
>Legrand, Michel : Maries de l'An 2
>Legrand, Michel : The Three Musketeers
>Legrand, Michel : Family Fugue, for jazz ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mosfilm Studio, Moscow (10/26/2010-10/28/2010).

In October 2010, 78-year-old French film composer Michel Legrand traveled to Moscow to conduct his arrangements of highlights from his lengthy career in recorded performances by the Moscow Virtuosi, a group composed of members of various Moscow symphony and chamber orchestras. The result is the two-CD set, The Music of Michel Legrand, which demonstrates the composer's versatility in writing for films. It begins, naturally, with the theme from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), commonly known as "I Will Wait for You," which first gained international recognition for Legrand in the '60s. Also included, of course, are versions of music that won him his three Academy Awards, for the song "Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair and the scores of Summer of '42 and Yentl, as well as a treatment from the Emmy-winning score for the TV movie Brian's Song. Although Legrand has a light touch with symphonic themes, expressed notably in the lush "Gable and Lombard" and the throbbing, suspenseful "The Three Musketeers," along with a portion of "The Scoundrel" that sounds like it was borrowed from a Haydn symphony, the composer is also adept at bringing in elements of pop and jazz when called for. "Di Gue Ding Ding," for instance is a soft rock theme with an electric bass and rock drum set, while "Dingo" has a scatting vocalist and "Family Fugue" contains a lengthy jazz piano trio section. It was this mastery of styles that allowed Legrand to succeed as a Frenchman with one foot firmly planted in the Hollywood mainstream, and his music remains appealing in these suites and excerpts, effectively performed in 2010 under his baton. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Legrand, Michel : Les Parapluies de Cherbourg :: Theme
  • Performers: Catherine Michel (Harp); Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1963

>Legrand, Michel : Les Demoiselles de Rochefort :: Concerto
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Catherine Michel (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Legrand, Michel : La valse des Lilas (Once upon a summertime)
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1954

>Legrand, Michel : The Summer of '42
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Catherine Michel (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Legrand, Michel : Di-Gue-Ding-Ding
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Legrand, Michel : Brian's Song :: Theme
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Legrand, Michel : Dingo :: Theme
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Legrand, Michel : I Was Born in Love with You
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Legrand, Michel : Gable and Lombard :: Theme
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Gimbel, Norman : Watch What Happens ([Récit de Cassard], from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Catherine Michel (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Michel Legrand (1932 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Legrand, Michel : Windmills of Your Mind (Les moulins de mon coeur) (for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair)
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Legrand, Michel : Le Mans :: Theme
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Legrand, Michel : The Hunter :: Theme
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Legrand, Michel : Les Uns et Les Autres :: Un Parfum de Fin du Monde
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Legrand, Michel : What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Legrand, Michel : Yentl :: The Way He Makes Me Feel / Papa, Can You Hear Me? / A Piece of Sky
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Legrand, Michel : Oum le Dauphin :: Theme
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Legrand, Michel : Maries de l'An 2 :: The Scoundrel
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Legrand, Michel : The Three Musketeers :: Theme
  • Performer: Francois Laizeau (Drums)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Legrand, Michel : Family Fugue, for jazz ensemble
  • Performers: Francois Laizeau (Drums); Michel Legrand (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Legrand
  • Ensemble: Moscow Virtuosi
  • Running Time: 8 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary