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You Must Remember This: TCM, Masterworks Compile “Classic Sound of Hollywood” From Mancini, Williams, Morricone, More

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Play It Again - Classic HollywoodOn April 1, Sony’s Masterworks division and Turner Classic Movies marked the cable network’s twentieth anniversary with a new 2-CD collection of vintage Hollywood movie themes. Play It Again: The Classic Sound of Hollywood continues the Masterworks/TCM series that has previously encompassed archival releases from Doris Day, Mario Lanza and Fred Astaire. Composers represented include Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone and John Williams.  Most of the tracks on Play It Again aren’t derived from the original film soundtracks, but rather from renditions played by the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Pops.

The first disc is drawn entirely from RCA Red Seal’s series of Classic Film Scores as recorded by conductor Charles Gerhardt and London’s National Philharmonic Orchestra in the early 1970s. It includes three suites from composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold featuring his themes from Of Human Bondage, Between Two Worlds, and The Sea Hawk. Underscoring the diversity of this set, the disc also contains cues from the sensationally steamy Peyton Place (Franz Waxman), the creature feature The Thing (From Another World) (Dimitri Tiomkin) and even the Biblical epic Salomé (Daniele Amfitheatrof).  In 2010, Masterworks reissued this series as it originally appeared on LP, orphaning a handful of recordings.  The three of these “stray” recordings are the Peyton Place main title, the “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salomé and the suite from The Thing.  In addition, the Korngold suites for The Sea Hawk and Of Human Bondage are different edits from those contained on the reissued Korngold CD in the Gerhardt series; this disc marks their first appearance on CD in over a decade.

What will you find on Disc 2?  Hit the jump for that, and more – including the full track listing and order links! Read the rest of this entry »

Golden Age Noir: Miklos Rózsa Score to “Strange Love” Premieres On CD

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Had Miklós Rózsa only composed the Academy Award-winning score to 1959’s epic Ben-Hur, his place in the cinema pantheon would likely have been assured.  But Ben-Hur was just one of three Rózsa scores to win Oscars in a career that spanned from 1937’s Knight Without Armour through 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.  Rózsa, who also maintained a career as a composer of concert works, often employed a rich, sweeping orchestral style, and though he famously crafted “big” scores, he was also an important film noir composer, with films such as Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity under his belt.  One such noir picture scored by Rózsa was 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, from producer Hal Wallis and director Lewis Milestone.  Its original soundtrack is now making its debut from Kritzerland.

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas in his film debut, Martha Ivers was based on John Patrick’s short story Love Lies Bleeding.  Stanwyck starred as the titular character, caught in a web of murder, blackmail and torrid romance.   Bruce Kimmel, producer of the CD soundtrack, describes its score as “almost a second cousin to Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend.”  The new issue comes directly from acetates lovingly preserved in Paramount Pictures’ vaults, with close to fifty minutes of previously-unreleased Rózsa.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers is limited to 1,000 copies, and is scheduled to ship from Kritzerland in the third week of September.  However, pre-orders made at the label’s website usually arrive one to five weeks earlier.  The price is $19.98 plus shipping and handling.  Hit the jump for the full press release plus the track listing and pre-order link! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 13, 2012 at 15:26

Soundtrack Surplus: Varese, Intrada, La-La Land Announce List of Heavyweights

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Soundtrack fans had a lot of courses to chew on this week, with batches from Intrada and Varese Sarabande landing within mere hours of each other on Monday and Tuesday and a reissue announced for next week by La-La Land Records.

Over at Intrada, fans got to enjoy a new entry in the label’s Special Collection series: Michael Small’s sexy, suspenseful score to The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). Small’s soundtrack is released in full for the first time anywhere, featuring a handful of alternate cues intended for a soundtrack LP that never materialized.

Intrada’s second release is an interesting one: a reissue of the expanded score to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier by Jerry Goldsmith. As you may recall, La-La Land’s expansion of the album, which combined the complete score with the original soundtrack LP and bonus material, was a sellout not long after its limited release in 2010. Paramount apparently requested it be back in print in perpetuity – now, virtually every classic Trek soundtrack reissue of the past few years is now available in unlimited quantities – and so, with only minor changes in artwork, it can boldly go to your collection once more.

Varese dropped a crazy amount of titles on Tuesday, and you can read all about them after the jump!

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Soundtrackus Maximus: “Ben-Hur” Gets Five-Disc Expansion by FSM

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UPDATE: After selling through its initial pressing of 2,000 in two weeks, Film Score Monthly has pressed another 2,000. As label head Lukas Kendall cheekily explained, “I NEED THE MONEY!”

Original post: One of Hollywood’s greatest film scores and one of the catalogue world’s greatest soundtrack labels have finally, excitedly joined forces to produce a definitive box set edition of the Oscar-winning soundtrack William Wyler’s classic Ben-Hur.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Ben-Hur, released in 1959 (and recently released on Blu-Ray), was Hollywood’s second adaptation (after a 1925 silent film) of the novel of the same name by Lew Wallace. Charlton Heston, no stranger to massive, timeless roles, plays the titular Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy prince and prominent Jewish merchant betrayed by his friend Messala (Stephen Boyd), the charismatic leader of a Roman garrison in Jerusalem. Having lost his fortune and his freedom, Ben-Hur must rely on his human strength and his faith in the divine to survive, culminating in an adventurous tale that travels from the galley of a Roman flagship to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Film Score Monthly’s latest title – their 246th, leaving four to go before the label signs off – is an exhaustively thorough, five-disc edition of Miklós Rózsa’s lush, romantic, heroic score, not only one of the best written for a Hollywood epic but the longest score ever penned for a film, with over three hours of music written. No stranger to sprawling epics like Ben-Hur, having scored The Four FeathersThe Thief of Baghdad andQuo Vadis? in the decade’s before the film’s 1959 release, Rózsa drew heavily on years of research of ancient Greco-Roman musical styles while retaining a modern, thematic feel. From the film’s sweeping love themes to its boisterous chariot race fanfares, the score to Ben-Hur has more than earned its place in film music history.

This five-disc set includes all the music heard in the film, lovingly preserved from the original six-track master recordings, as well as bonus material well beyond Rhino’s lavish box set presentation of the score in 1996. (Doug Schwartz, who participated in the mastering on that set, assisted assemblers Mike Matessino and Neil S. Bulk in the same capacity on this release.) As a special treat, all three of the official re-recording LPs, conducted by Carlos Savina and Erich Kloss and released on the MGM and Lion labels, are also included in the set, one of which makes its debut on CD. Liner notes by Jeff Bond and Frank K. DeWald, part of which are included in the set’s 28-page booklet but are included in full online, extensively cover the making of the film and score in addition to providing track-by-track commentary and preserving the liner notes of the original LPs.

Ben-Hur, one of the crown jewels of Hollywood music and now one of the final crown jewels of Film Score Monthly’s decades-long history, is limited to 2,000 copies and is yours to order after the jump.

Miklós Rózsa, Ben-Hur: Complete Soundtrack Collection (Film Score Monthly Vol. 15, No. 1, 2012 – original film released 1959)

Disc 1: Original score

  1. Overture
  2. Anno Domini
  3. Star of Bethlehem/Adoration of the Magi
  4. Shofar Call
  5. Fanfare to Prelude/Prelude/Marcia Romana
  6. Spirit and Sword
  7. Salute for Messala
  8. Friendship
  9. The House of Hur
  10. Conflict
  11. Esther
  12. The Unknown Future (Outtake)
  13. Love Theme/Ring for Freedom
  14. Salute for Gratus
  15. Gratus’ Entry to Jerusalem
  16. Arrest (Outtake)
  17. Reminiscences
  18. Condemned (Outtake)
  19. Escape (Outtake)
  20. Vengeance
  21. The Prison—Part One/The Prison—Part Two (Partial Outtake)
  22. The Desert/Exhaustion/The Prince of Peace/Roman Galley
  23. Salute for Arrius
  24. Quintus Arrius
  25. Roman Fleet (Partial Outtake)
  26. The Galley
  27. Rest
  28. Battle Preparations/The Pirate Fleet/Attack!/Ramming Speed/Battle/Rescue
  29. Roman Sails
  30. The Rowers
  31. Victory Parade
  32. Victory Finale

Disc 2: Original score, continued

  1. Fertility Dance
  2. Arrius’ Party
  3. Nostalgia/Farewell to Rome
  4. A Barren Coast (Outtake)
  5. Judea/Balthazar
  6. Balthazar’s World
  7. Homecoming
  8. Memories/Hatred
  9. Lepers
  10. Return/Promise
  11. Sorrow and Intermission
  12. Entr’Acte
  13. Panem et Circenses (Version I)
  14. Circus Fanfares Nos. 1-4
  15. Panem et Circenses (Version II)
  16. New Fanfare for Circus Parade (Parade of the Charioteers)
  17. Circus Fanfare No. 6 (Fanfare for Start of Race)
  18. Panem et Circenses (Version III)
  19. Circus Fanfare No. 7 (Ben-Hur Crowned)
  20. Bitter Triumph
  21. Aftermath
  22. Valley of Lepers/The Search
  23. The Uncleans
  24. Road of Sorrow
  25. The Mount/The Sermon
  26. Frustration
  27. Valley of the Dead/Tirzah Saved
  28. The Procession to Calvary/The Bearing of the Cross/Recognition
  29. Aftermath (Crucifixion)
  30. Golgotha
  31. Shadow of a Storm (Outtake)
  32. The Miracle/Finale

Disc 3: Savina LP and Act I Alternates

  1. Prelude
  2. Adoration of the Magi
  3. Roman March
  4. Friendship
  5. Love Theme of Ben-Hur
  6. The Burning Desert
  7. The Rowing of the Galley Slaves
  8. Naval Battle
  9. Return to Judea
  10. Victory Parade
  11. The Mother’s Love
  12. The Lepers’ Search for the Christ
  13. The Procession to Calvary
  14. The Miracle and Finale
  15. Star of Bethlehem (Alternate Chorus)
  16. Adoration of the Magi (Alternate Chorus)
  17. Prelude (Alternate Take)
  18. Spirit and Sword (Alternate I)
  19. Revenge (Outtake)
  20. The Desert/Exhaustion/The Prince of Peace/Roman Galley (Alternate Sequence)
  21. Roman Fleet (Alternate)
  22. The Galley (Alternate)
  23. Rest (Alternate)
  24. Battle Preparations—Part Two (Alternate)
  25. Roman Sails (Alternate)
  26. Victory Parade (Short Version)
  27. Fertility Dance (Orchestra Only)
  28. Arrius’ Party (Long Version)
  29. Judea (Alternate)
  30. Homecoming (Alternate)
  31. Sorrow (Alternate I)
  32. Intermission (Alternate I)

Disc 4: First Kloss LP and Act II alternates

  1. Prelude
  2. The Adoration of the Magi
  3. Roman March
  4. Friendship
  5. Love Theme of Ben-Hur
  6. The Burning Desert
  7. The Rowing of the Galley Slaves
  8. Naval Battle
  9. Return to Judea
  10. Victory Parade
  11. The Mother’s Love
  12. The Lepers’ Search for the Christ
  13. The Procession to Calvary
  14. The Miracle and Finale
  15. Entr’Acte (Alternate)
  16. Panem et Circenses (Complete Version)
  17. Circus Parade (Parade of the Charioteers) (Film Edit)
  18. Aftermath (Alternate I)
  19. The Search (Alternate)
  20. Road of Sorrow (Alternate)
  21. The Sermon (Alternate I)
  22. Valley of the Dead/Tirzah Saved (Alternate)
  23. The Procession to Calvary/The Bearing of the Cross/Recognition (Alternate Sequence)
  24. Aftermath (Alternate II)
  25. Golgotha (Alternate I)
  26. The Miracle/Finale
  27. Entr’Acte (Original Version)

Disc 5: Second Kloss LP and additional alternates and bonus tracks

  1. Overture
  2. Star of Bethlehem
  3. Gratus’ Entry Into Jerusalem
  4. The House of Hur
  5. Messala’s Revenge
  6. Fertility Dance
  7. Farewell to Rome
  8. Arrius’ Party
  9. Parade of the Charioteers
  10. Bread and Circus March
  11. Death of Messala
  12. Memories
  13. Sermon on the Mount
  14. Valley of the Dead
  15. Golgotha
  16. The Christ Theme from Ben-Hur (Alleluia)
  17. Star of Bethlehem/Adoration of the Magi (Orchestra Only)
  18. Star of Bethlehem (Chorus Only—Alternate Version)
  19. Adoration of the Magi (Chorus Only—Alternate II)
  20. Adoration of the Magi (Chorus Only—Alternate III)
  21. Spirit and Sword (Alternate II)
  22. Gratus’ Entry to Jerusalem (Long Version)
  23. Revenge (Alternate)
  24. Arrius’ Party (Fragments)
  25. Sorrow (Alternate II)
  26. Intermission (Alternate II)
  27. Entr’Acte (Original Version—Alternate Ttake)
  28. Aftermath (Alternate III)
  29. Aftermath (Alternate IV)
  30. The Sermon (Alternate II)
  31. The Sermon (Alternate III)
  32. The Sermon (Alternate IV)
  33. The Sermon (Alternate V)
  34. Golgotha (Alternate II)
  35. Miracle (Alternate II)
  36. Finale (Chorus Only—Alternate I)
  37. Finale (Chorus Only—Alternate I)
  38. Finale (chorus only—alternate I)
  39. Love Theme (Demo)
  40. Harun al Rozsad
  41. Quo Vadis Prelude (with Chimes)/Drums (Appian Way)

Portions of this set were previously released as Rhino R2 72197, 1996.
Disc 3, Tracks 1-14 released as MGM LP S1-E1, 1959. Recorded by Carlos Savina and The Symphony Orchestra of Rome and Singers of the Roman Basilicas.
Disc 4, Tracks 1-14 released as Lion LP S-70123, 1959. Recorded by Erich Kloss and The Frankenland State Orchestra. Previously unreleased on CD.
Disc 5, Tracks 1-16 released as MGM LP SE-3900, 1961. Recorded by Erich Kloss and The Frankenland State Orchestra.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 8, 2012 at 14:19