|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|
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.
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
Submitted on 06/12/14 by conway