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Looks like Mike has taken some of his Universal catalog work to Quartet



Quartet Records is proud to present expanded, ultimate editions of Philippe Sarde's masterful scores for two horror tales:


Music Composed by PHILIPPE SARDE
Produced, Remixed and Mastered by Mike Matessino
Liner notes by Jeff Bond
Limited edition of 3000 units

Quartet Records, Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group and Geffen Records present the long-requested expanded release of the masterful score by Philippe Sarde (THE TENANT, TESS, QUEST FOR FIRE, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE) for GHOST STORY, directed by John Irvin in 1981. Based on the 1979 novel by Peter Straub, the film stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson and Alice Krige. It follows a group of elderly businessmen in New England who gather to recount their involvement in a woman's death decades prior when one of them suspects her ghost has been haunting him.

One of the most outstanding features of GHOST STORY is the classic, evocative score by Philippe Sarde, without a doubt one of his most important works and one of the best soundtracks of the eighties. Using a melancholy, haunting main theme, a beautiful and obsessive love theme, and a gothic orchestration with some touches of Bartók and Stravinsky, Sarde was able to build a solid and coherent “symphony of horror.” The music was recorded with a large orchestra at Universal Studios Recording Stage, under the baton of Peter Knight, who also provided the orchestration.

This CD has been carefully produced, remixed and mastered by Mike Matessino from the original multi-track elements, courtesy of Universal Pictures. This new edition follows the composer’s original album concept as a “symphony of horror,” expanding the program with almost 20 minutes of unreleased music, including some key passages not included in the original MCA album. The package comes with a 24-page full-color booklet including detailed liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond.

01. Ghost Story (3:08)
02. Accidents (4:12)
03. Mansion (2:58)
04. Cemetery (1:27)
05. Old Photograph (1:15)
06. Milburn (2:24)
07. Dreaming (1:45)
08. Love Suite (4:23)
09. Dementia (3:12)
10. Strange (2:21)
11. Fright (2:58)
12. Regression (2:33)
13. Picnic (2:14)
14. Demise (4:12)
15. Old Mirror (2:58)
16. Death (2:11)
17. Found (2:06)
18. Release (3:24)
19. End Credits (3:26)


Music Composed by PHILIPPE SARDE
Album Produced by Neil S. Bulk
Remixed by Michael McDonald
Mastered by Doug Schwartz
Additional restoration by Chris Malone
Liner notes by Stéphane Lerouge
Limited edition of 2000 units

Quartet Records and Paramount Pictures present the expanded, remastered edition of the iconic score by Philippe Sarde (GHOST STORY, LORD OF THE FLIES, PIRATES, CÉSAR ET ROSALIE) for a Roman Polanski horror tale THE TENANT. Based on the popular novel LE LOCATAIRE CHIMERIQUE by Roland Topor, the film was directed by Polanski, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his usual partner, Gérad Brach. It co-stars Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters and Jo Van Fleet. Although the film was given a cold reception at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976, over the years it has become a cult film, and one of the most valued in the career of the famous and controversial Polish director. THE TENANT was also Polanski's third production with Paramount after the classics ROSEMARY'S BABY and CHINATOWN.

One of the most important aspects of THE TENANT is that it was the first collaboration between Polanski and composer Philippe Sarde—who was only 28 years old when he composed the score. The music featured a complicated orchestration that required an unusual arrangement of the orchestra. The use of crystal harmonica gives the score a disturbing and bleak character.

Although the music was acclaimed and long desired by collectors around the world, it was necessary to wait until 2000 to have the score released by Universal Music France as part of its collection Ecoutez le cinema!, where it was paired with Tess, the second and brilliant collaboration between Sarde and Polanski. Now, thanks to the discovery of the original multi-track elements in the Paramount vaults, with access to the complete recording sessions at CTS, London, under the baton of Carlo Savina, the score of THE TENANT can be released in its entirety, including tracks not used in the final edit of the film, alternates, as well as the album-specific montages prepared by the composer for an MCA album that never materialized.

This CD has been produced by Neil S. Bulk, remixed by Michael McDonald at Private Island Sound, and mastered by Doug Schwartz, with additional restoration by Chris Malone, and approved by the composer. The package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with detailed liner notes by Stéphane Lerouge.

Note: THE TENANT is now available on CD, but it will be released also in vinyl by Quartet Records in October 2019.


01. Main Title (2:20)
02. The Church (1:11)
03. The Tooth (2:15)
04. Delirium (Film Version) (3:08)
05. Empty Window (0:25)
06. The Bouncing Ball (1:53)
07. They’re After Him (0:42)
08. To Stella (0:53)
09. Solitude (1:20)
10. Running Away (1:07)
11. Hotel Room (0:37)
12. The Tenant (1:04)
13. They Tried To Kill Me (3:07)
14. The Audience Is Ready (1:51)
15. I’ll Show You Blood (1:37)
16. The Final Scream (1:10)

Additional Music
17. Epsilon (0:42)
18. Letter (0:32)
19. Cigarettes (0:21)
20. Epsilon (Alternate Mix) (0:42)
21. The Park (1:14)

Source Music
22. Dance At Robert’s (3:08)

Album Versions
23. L’appel du verre (2:27)
24. Apparitions (3:43)
25. Conspiration (3:41)
26. En souvenir de Madame Choule (1:33)
27. Final (2:27)

Both releases are now available on pre-order, they will be dispatch from 08/19. For more info and listen audio samples, please visit www.quartetrecords.com





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