Philippe Sarde


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Quartet Records proudly presents the premiere release of Philippe Sarde’s score for the 1985 romantic drama Harem.

Starring Nastassja Kinski and Ben Kingsley, Arthur Joffé’s Harem takes audiences into the exotic world of the Orient. Diane is a Wall Street broker who gets kidnapped from her stressful life and is transported to the Harem of a charismatic sheik named Selim. The girl initially feel uncomfortable, but she eventually surrenders into a more relaxed lifestyle with many comfortable moments. Her first meetings with Selim are filled with tension, but the two soon warm up to each other and the sheik is forced to surpress feelings that are very alien in his culture…

The score by legendary French composer Philippe Sarde (Tess, Les choses de la vie, Uncovered) is a passionate work of contemporary and Oriental influences performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers and pianist Warren Bernhardt. The soundtrack also features the theme song ‘Hey, Stranger’ by Bronski Beat frontman Jimmy Sommerville.

The album contains the entire score specially edited by the composer himself for optimal listening experience. The richly illustrated 12-page booklet contains liner notes by Gergely Hubai, discussing the film and the score based on original interviews.


  1. Hey Stranger!* (2:57)
  2. New York (6:26)
  3. Diane (3:44)
  4. Escape (2:20)
  5. The Beach (3:33)
  6. A New Wife (2:23)
  7. Car Promenade (3:52)
  8. Hamman (3:15)
  9. Captive Days (3:14)
  10. The Bag (2:11)
  11. The Desert (2:53)
  12. Freedom (2:39)
  13. Harem (6:21)
  14. Selim (3:18)
  • * Original song performed by Jimmy Sommerville
  • Music by Philippe Sarde
  • Lyrics by Jimmy Sommerville