Bagheera's Contentment. Molto moderato - Allegro scherzando - Lento - Molto tranquillo - Poco animato -
Suite from 'Sahara'
Arranged and orchestrated by Christopher Palmer (1946-1995)
[ ] - Più animato, energico - Quasi marcia - Più mosso - Tranquillo - A tempo, più mosso - Animato - Allegro -
Suite from 'Ben-Hur'
Prelude. Maestoso - Allegro - Poco animato - Più lento - Più mosso
Love Theme. Poco più largamente - Tranquillo
The Burning Desert. Pesante - Largamente - Adagio
solemne - Animato
The Rowing of the Galley Slaves. Molto moderato - Poco animato -
The Mother's Love. Lento
Parade of the Charioteers. Alla Marcia
Total time: 79:39
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
19 and 20 July 2013
The Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa began writing film music at the suggestion of Arthur Honegger after achieving only moderate success with his early concert music. He went on to score ninety-five films, including some of the most famous cinematic works of all time. Here Rumon Gamba, a great champion of film music, conducts the BBC Philharmonic in some of Rózsa’s best-loved scores.
The music composed for Alexander Korda’s London Films Company between 1937 and 1942 is imbued with an amazing freshness and magical melodic expression. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the colourful scores for The Thief of Bagdad and Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, suites from which are presented on this recording. The first encompasses the major events of the plot in its seven movements. The second abounds with leitmotifs, the score being more than just background music as each character has its own theme. Rózsa’s score for the World War II film Sahara is appropriately hard-hitting and the suite encapsulates all the major themes of the film. The music for Ben-Hur is regarded by many as the composer’s magnum opus among the film scores, winning Rózsa an Oscar in 1960. Befitting the epic film production, it features a large orchestra and the suite comprises six key moments from the film.
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“… what a disc it is- a generous 80 minutes if music from four of Rózsa’s most sumptuous scores … the playing is splendid indeed and conducted with the same commitment Gamba has brought to many previous releases… you can’t do better than this Chandos offering.”
Robert Markow – Fanfare – November/December 2014
"...The highly detailed and well balanced sound is excellent in every conceivable way Clearly, this is one of the best collections available of Rózsa’s film music Don’t miss it if you are a fan of Rózsa and the Golden Age of Film Music. You will not hear new symphonic film music of this quality today..."
Arthur Lintgen - Fanfare - September/October 2014
"I need not mention that performances and recording are up to the best Chandos standards. Andrew Knowles’ excellent and detailed insert notes are – again – an unquestionable asset. This generously filled release is self-commending to every Rózsa fan. They will welcome new recordings of some much loved music but this will also speak to many others who simply enjoy fine, superbly crafted music. "
Hubert Culot - MusicWeb-International.com - 16 June 2014
“… These performances by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba, who have many a cinematic credit to their name, carry the conviction of an original soundtrack recording in state-of the-art sound.”
Adrian Edwards – Gramophone magazine – May 2014
"An absolutely essential album for every Rózsa aficionado." *****
Mark Walker - Classical Ear.co.uk - 10 April 2014
" All in all, this excellent disc constitutes another fine addition to this unique series."
Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - April 2014
This is a terrific album of wonderful film music by Miklós Rózsa, presented in intelligently compiled suites. Rumon Gamba's well-known penchant for brisk, lively tempi pays dividends in this music - and the polished, virtuoso BBC Philharmonic players are following his lead. Superb stereo sound (16-44) in this album, recorded at the new Manchester docks home of the BBC. A must-buy, not only for film music lovers.
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