Thursday, 26 June 2003 12:41

The Appointment on CD

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Fascinating to read that Film Score Monthly is releasing the score, or should I say scores, to Lumet's 1969 film, The Appointment.

As a Barry fan I've always known that there were two versions of this film in circulation, one with a Barry score and another containing music and songs by Stu Phillips. However, apparently, the real story is that Michel Legrand wrote the original score which was tossed out by the studio (sound familiar?) and Barry then wrote some themes which were adapted and orchestrated by Don Walker before Harry Rabinowitz conducted the recording in London - a bit like the arrangement Barry had with Ken Thorne a year or so later. This was Lumet's approved version.

However, when the film finally got a US release, in 1972, it was a shortened version which premiered on TV. For whatever reason, they got Stu Phillips to write something more contemporary for it.

Anyway, FSM's release contains all 3 scores for a total running time of 77 minutes. It will be fascinating to hear which works out the best and particular to hear what Legrand wrote. How curious that 7 years later he once again had a score replaced by JB, with Robin and Marian.

More details about the CD can be found on the FSM website.

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