A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Soundtrack Available For Pre-OrderThe soundtrack for the 1978 feature film adaptation of the celebrated romantic musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler is set to be released in remastered form at long last in a special early release on August 13 (nationwide on September 10) and it is now available for pre-order in either the digital download or CD-R edition.

Director Hal Prince reprised his role to helm the film, though it would unfortunately not be anywhere near the success that the stage version was in 1973. Nonetheless, the film starred screen icon Elizabeth Taylor as Desiree Armfeldt - with Taylor crooning the show's most famous tune "Send In The Clowns" - as well as Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold and Laurence Guittard reprising their stage characters, and the most notable new cast additions arising in the form of Diana Rigg and Lesley Anne-Down.

Of note, master orchestrator Jonathan Tunick received an Academy Award for his adaptation of the score for the film.

The original soundtrack was released on LP, but this new release will be the first digital remaster to date. Additionally, bonus tracks of three mono versions of certain songs as well as a previously unreleased sequence will also be issued on the new release.

The official description of the new soundtrack release of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is as follows: "The soundtrack of the 1978 movie version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, A Little Night Music finally gets a release in the digital era. Directed by Hal Prince, the all-star cast features Elizabeth Taylor, who sings the famous "Send in the Clowns," Diana Rigg, Lesley-Ann Down, Len Cariou and Hermione Gingold. This newly-remastered edition is transferred from the original stereo masters, and includes a previously unreleased instrumental cue, along with two other instrumental cues taken from the mono soundtrack of the film. The complete version of "Every Day a Little Death" is also included from the mono soundtrack, as the carriage ride verse written for the film was not included on the stereo master. The CD-R includes a booklet with new liner notes by Sondheim archivist Peter E. Jones."

The remastered soundtrack for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will be released nationwide on September 10, but fans have the option of pre-ordering it August 13 through September 9 to receive it early for a limited time.

Pre-order the soundtrack for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the official site here.


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