法国人Maurice Jarre是大卫·里恩御用的配乐大。除《阿拉伯劳伦斯》之外 又相继为大卫·里恩的《日瓦哥医生》/《瑞安的女儿》/《印度之旅》配乐。虽然成就没有《阿》来的高 却也是配乐中的范本.他还为法国大导演雷内·克莱蒙的巨作《巴黎在燃烧？》配乐。到了80年代 他又成为澳洲大导演彼得·威尔的御用，为《目击者》/《死亡诗社》/《蚊子海岸》等片配乐 （题外话，《蚊子海岸》被誉为哈里森·福特的最佳作品，扮演一位具有领袖气质的空想家，极富人格魅力），到了90年为《人鬼情未了》的配乐 一举再铸辉煌。如果说约翰·威廉姆斯（斯皮尔伯格御用）是好莱坞大片的音乐教父，那Maurice Jarre至少是主流文艺片中的音乐巨擘
Like the theme from Star Wars brings to mind outerspace adventure, the murder motif from Psycho brings to mind blondes in showers being hacked to pieces, the theme from Lawrence of Arabia sums up everything one imagines about deserts in one musical theme; vast, mysterious, dramatic. The film started the hugely successful joint careers of composer Maurice Jarre and director David Lean and while I don't think they quite achieved the same success with their later efforts as they did with Lawrence, the results were always notable. This re-recording contains all the most important sections of the original score and expands on the release of the original, as well as providing better sound and production values.
This being back in the days when films had overtures, Jarre duly provides us with one of the most rousing. The hugely assured opening of thundering timpani followed by a slightly subdued version of the famous main theme starts a brief summary of the film's major motifs. The Arabic harmonies and percussion motifs are introduced as is Kenneth Alford's Voice of the Guns March, which is used on a few occasions throughout the score. One curious omission from the Overture is the theme first introduced in the main title. This is a sprightly, British sounding march that I rather enjoy perhaps even more than the well known theme - possibly because I have not been worn out with over exposure to that particular theme. Having seen the film, I always felt that this theme represented Lawrence as a British soldier as such, whereas the grand theme represents the desert as an entity in itself. Given that these are perhaps the two most important features of the film it doesn't seem unreasonable to make this assertion. It has been suggested that Alford's march represent's Lawrence, but I felt that it more represented the British Army as an institution as such. Anyway, this is a review, not a debate on the meaning of the score.
After the Main Titles we are given a lengthy collage of cues as Lawrence makes his way into the desert; these include some breathtaking as well as a couple of strangely comedic takes on the desert theme, a few appearences of the Lawrence theme and some of the Arabic material. There are also some more eerie and non-thematic sections along the way. I couldn't help but feel that this lengthy mixture was rather awkward sounding as it moved from one thing to another. I'm entirely in agreement with the need to group some sections together, but here short cues have been tagged together to produce what is a slightly schizophrenic suite. Perhaps leaving some of the sections out altogether or simply making better seperation might have worked better.
One thing that becomes very apparent about Jarre's music is that when he's not using the major themes, the music tends to generally lack a huge amount of direction. These sections do not last long as a rule, but once the major melodic material isn't around, there is always a hankering to hear some of it to get things moving again. Jarre varies the basic themes, mostly by bending the rhythms rather than making much in the way of orchesrtation or harmonic changes.
I must admit to having mixed feelings about this album. Of course Lawrence is a recognised classic in film music and having been enthralled when seeing the film I can only admire Jarre's music as a hugely important accompaniment to Lean's superb film. However, as an album it just didn't quite gel for me in the way that I thought it should do. As I remarked earlier, some of the lengthier sequences do run together cues which don't really work as such. These sections work fine as short musical stings in the film, but not in album form.
This being a re-recording, it is not going to exactly match the original performance and while this is not something that concerns me all that much, the spirit and dynamism of the original should be maintained as much as possible. I cannot deny that the playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra is technically competant; the complex rhythmic sections as well as the huge orchestral moments are handled very well. However, the feeling that the performance could have been just that little more spontaneous was one that just wouldn't go away. The recording level is a bit low, but even turning the volume right up doesn't reveal the recording to be as vigorous as one would like. The original (allegedly conducted by Adrian Boult, but mostly handled by Jarre himself) has a much more visceral impact; the Main Title is taut and urgent and the sweeping majesty is more expansive and breathtaking, the percussion is more brutal and so on. Of course this is still a good introduction to the score and features more music than the original release with better sound and until there is a much deserved expanded and remastered release, this provides for a technically proficient performance of a generally excellent score.
01. Overture -London Philharmonic Orchestra
02. Main Titles
03. First Entrance to the Desert/Night and Stars/Lawrence and Tafas
04. Miracle - London Philharmonic Orchestra
05. That Is the Desert - London Philharmonic Orchestra
06. Nefud Mirage/Sun's Anvil
07. Rescue of Gasim/Bringing Gasim into Camp
08. Arrival at Auda's Camp - London Philharmonic Orchestra
09. On to Akaba/Beach at Night
10. Sinai Desert
11. Voice of the Guns - London Philharmonic Orchestra
12. Horse Stampede/Ali Rescues Lawrence/Lawrence and His Bodyguard
13. End/Playoff Music