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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Rumon Gamba: The Film Music of Miklos Rozsa *

> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - I. Overture: Allegro moderato
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - II. Cortege: Tempo di Marcia
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - III. The Love of the Princess: Andante semplice
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - IV. The Sultan's Toys: Andante - Moderato
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - V. The Flying Horse Gallop: Molto moderato - Allegretto scherzando
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - VI. The Silvermaid's Dance: Moderato - Piu animato - Tempo I - Tranquillo
> The Thief of Baghdad Suite - VII. The Market at Basra: Vivo
> The Jungle Book Suite - I. Beginning: Largamente
> The Jungle Book Suite - II. Shere Khan: Molto moderato - Andantino - Grazioso - Lento
> The Jungle Book Suite - III. Mowgli Wanders: Andante - Allegretto scherzando - Molto moderato - Allegro molto agitato
> The Jungle Book Suite - IV. Lullaby: Largamente - Lento
> The Jungle Book Suite - V. The Ways of Man: Allegretto giocoso - Con moto - Tranquillo
> The Jungle Book Suite - VI. Cries of the Animals: Non troppo allegro - Allegro agitato - Piu mosso
> The Jungle Book Suite - VII. Mowgli Seeks Shere Khan: Moderato
> The Jungle Book Suite - VIII. The Chase: Allegro agitato - Largamente
> The Jungle Book Suite - IX. Victory: Allegro giocoso - Largamente e pesante - Moderato - Moderato e commodo - Allegretto
> The Jungle Book Suite - X. Bagheera's Contentment: Molto moderato
> Sahara (arr. C. Palmer for orchestra) - Sahara (arr. C. Palmer for orchestra)
> Ben-Hur Suite - I. Prelude: Maestoso - Allegro - Poco animato - Piu lento - Piu mosso
> Ben-Hur Suite - II. Love Theme: Lento - Poco piu largamente - Tranquillo
> Ben-Hur Suite - III. The Burning Desert: Pesante - Largamente - Adagio solemne - Animato
> Ben-Hur Suite - IV. The Rowing of the Galley Slaves: Molto moderato - Poco animato - Piu allegro - Molto allegro
> Ben-Hur Suite - V. The Mother's Love: Lento
> Ben-Hur Suite - VI. Parade of the Charioteers: Alla marcia

Track List

>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: Overture
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: Cortège
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: The Love of the Princess
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: The Sultan's Toys
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: The Flying Horse Gallop
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: The Silvermaid's Dance
>Suite from The Thief of Bagdad: The Market at Basra
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Beginning
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Shere Khan
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Mowgli Wanders
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Lullaby
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: The Ways of Man
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Cries of the Animals
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Mowgli Seeks Shere Khan
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: The Chase
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Victory
>Suite from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Bagheera's Contentment
>Suite from Sahara
>Suite from Ben-Hur: Prelude
>Suite from Ben-Hur: Love Theme
>Suite from Ben-Hur: The Burning Desert
>Suite from Ben-Hur: The Rowing of the Galley Slaves
>Suite from Ben-Hur: The Mother's Love
>Suite from Ben-Hur: Parade of the Charioteers

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The Hungarian composer Miklos Rozsa scored ninety-five films during his lifetime, including some of the most famous cinematic works of all time. Rumon Gamba, a great champion of film music, conducts the BBC Philharmonic in suites from several of these films, among them Ben-Hur, regarded by many as the composer's magnum opus among the film scores, which won Rozsa an Oscar in 1960.

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Andrew Knowles.

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (07/19/2013-07/20/2013).

Editor: Rosanna Fish.

The Chandos label has issued some fine recordings of classic film music, and this release featuring scores by Miklós Rózsa is especially nice. The BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba outdoes itself; the MediaCity sound is superb; and the notes by Andrew Knowles are unusually detailed. But the real attraction is the music of Rózsa himself, which is well represented by these four scores that cover a two-decade period. What's striking is how timeless his scores seem. The earliest of the four, The Thief of Baghdad, was finished in 1940 but has any number of features that, with very slight tweaking, would make it suitable for a film released today. Rózsa combined percussion-heavy sounds influenced by Bartók and Stravinsky with expansive pure Romantic melodies for the scenes of love and sentiment, a combination unlike anything being done in concert music at the time. The mix had unusual flexibility, enabling Rózsa to evoke the swashbuckling Thief of Baghdad, the still more exotic Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, the dramatic adventure of Sahara, and the epic Ben Hur, a film that truly would not be imaginable without its score, all without having to depart from his basic idea. It is not formulaic but rather original enough to encompass many strands of film in the middle 20th century, and there's a great deal of satisfying listening to be had here for film music fans. ~ James Manheim



Reviews

Eternal Love
Miklos Rozsa was involved with the famed Korda brothers for several decades during his career as a composer of film scores. This is a relationship that commenced with the composerís first major assignment in 1937, Knight Without Armor, a prestige Korda production which starred Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat. It is fitting that three of the four films represented in this collection are products of this unique affiliation. Gamba and the BBC PO do an admirable job with this material. Clearly the conductor fully understands the ebb and flow of Roszaís distinctive style. While itís wonderful to have new recordings of The Thief Of Bagdad and The Jungle Book in rich, detailed sound, courtesy of Chandos, itís a treat to have an extended selection from Sahara (1943), one of the composerís most underrated scores. Until now weíve had to settle for Charles Gerhardtís tantalizing version of the main title. The suite included here was prepared by the late Christopher Palmer and premiered in the US in 1986 at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Roughly 8 minutes in duration, itís brimming with inspired rhythmic and coloristic touches as well as Rozsaís singular lyrical gift. A few quibbles. As good as the Ben Hur Suite is, it would have been nice to include some other under represented scores. Sadly, the 30 second opening fanfare for the The Thief Of Bagdad was not included possibly due to time constraints (the disc clocks in at 80 minutes and 37 seconds!) Albeit brief, it does contain important thematic material. These are minor issues. This is a major addition to the Rozsa discography and deserves the broadest dissemination.
Submitted on 06/12/14 by conway 
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