December 2010
Cyrano de Bergerac soundtrack released by Screen Archives

Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for Cyrano de Bergerac has been issued for the first time on compact disc. This is the sixth in a series of Tiomkin scores produced by Ray Faiola of Chelsea Rialto Studios and Craig Spaulding, and released by Screen Archives Entertainment in association with Volta Music Corp.

The limited-edition two-disc soundtrack contains twenty-nine music tracks, including cues not heard in the film. Disc 2 concludes with a three-minute bonus track of Tiomkin directing the orchestra. As with previous releases, the source material is acetate discs in the Dimitri Tiomkin Collection at the Cinematic Arts Library at USC.

José Ferrer received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Cyrano, the title character in an historical romance directed by Michael Gordon from an adapted screenplay by Carl Foreman. The film was released by United Artists in 1950. Film music enthusiast Faiola wrote film production and music notes for the 32-page color booklet. The CD can be ordered directly at Screen Archives Entertainment where seven sample tracks can be heard. Leonard Maltin found the CD appealing, check out his comments on his blog, Movie Crazy.

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