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Composed by
GEORGES DELERUE

Rating
* * * * *

Album running time
27:52

Performed by
UNNAMED ORCHESTRA
conducted by
GEORGES DELERUE

Orchestration
GEORGES DELERUE

Engineered by
BOBBY FERNANDEZ
Music Editor
JEFF CARSON
Produced by
GEORGES DELERUE

Released by
VARESE SARABANDE
Serial number
VSD-5370

Artwork copyright (c) 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.; review copyright (c) 2005 James Southall

 

RICH IN LOVE

Magical final score by Delerue

A review by JAMES SOUTHALL

Georges Delerue didn't have a great deal of luck in finding films to score worthy of his talents after he moved to Hollywood in the early 1980s.  While he was no Truffaut, Bruce Beresford was the closest Delerue came to finding a good director to work with.  It's ironic and sad that for whatever reason he missed out on scoring by far Beresford's best and most successful picture, Driving Miss Daisy, but he did work on Crimes of the Heart, Her Alibi, Mister Johnson and Black Robe for the director, and his very last score was for Beresford's Rich in Love, a charming film very much in the vein of Driving Miss Daisy.

Of course, Delerue was no stranger to writing lilting, exquisite melodies, but Rich in Love is even more crammed with simply beautiful music than was usual even for him.  Delerue had a stroke and died almost immediately after finishing recording this music, and listening to it, it's almost as if he knew the end was near, such is the sense of melancholy and nostalgia infusing every cue; and the fact that he wrote an unusual number of tracks featuring solo performances by various instruments - guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe - it really is like producer Robert Townson (who was a good friend of the late composer) says in his liner notes - it's as though Delerue was writing a good-bye for each of his friends.

Every track is a beautiful vignette, showcasing one delightful theme after another, demonstrating Delerue's gifts at conjuring up magical melodies time and again.  There must be eight or nine blissful themes in this score.  They're all quite delightful, but one does stand out in particular - the lilting "Lucille and Wayne Make Love", based around a guitar solo that somehow seems to melt in your mouth, is just stunning.  Like I said, there are plenty of other moments which mean this score has more and more to offer with every listen, despite it running to less than half an hour in total.  The knowledge that the legendary composer died within 48 hours of recording the score makes it all the more poignant, all the more beautiful, almost impossibly moving.  This is an album of pure, unadulterated joy from start to end, a magnificent end for a genius of a composer. 

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Tracks

  1. Main Title (1:24)
  2. We Have to Find Her (1:28)
  3. Hello Mother (1:44)
  4. Put the Best Face on It (1:14)
  5. Stop Thinking About Her (3:51)
  6. Good to Have You Home (:47)
  7. Lulu's Exit / The Kiss (1:14)
  8. Warren Waits / Sunset (2:09)
  9. Time to Move On (2:18)
  10. Of Course You Can (1:29)
  11. Lucille and Wayne Make Love (1:00)
  12. Let's Take a Walk (2:55)
  13. I Got Her Pregnant (2:02)
  14. Lucille and Bill (1:24)
  15. Escape on Mower (:45)
  16. Leaving the House (2:00)