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SODOM AND GOMORRAH – Miklos Rozsa 2CD | Price: £ 19.95 | XPD 178

PROMETHEUS RECORDS & TADLOW MUSIC
Present

The World Premiere Recording of the Complete Score to
SODOM AND GOMORRAH

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Composed by
MIKLÓS RÓZSA

A Special Collectors Edition 2 CD Set featuring one of the greatest film scores from the Composer of BEN-HUR * EL CID * SPELLBOUND * THE THIEF OF BAGDAD * THE JUNGLE BOPOK * QUO VADIS * KING OF KINGS * MADAME BOVARY * THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

  • The Complete 137-minute Score
  • Includes Premiere Recording of the Complete 14-minute “Battle of the Dam” cue
  • Deluxe 2 CD Set with full Colour Booklet including stills/posters from the movie
  • Newly Recorded in Stunning and Dynamic Digital Sound
  • Performed by the Acclaimed and Award-Winning City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Nic Raine
  • Produced by James Fitzpatrick for Prometheus Records
  • New Score & Orchestration Reconstructed from various sources by Leigh Philips
  • Informative Sleeve Notes by Frank K DeWald
  • Bonus Track : The World Premiere of “Answer to a Dream” for Violin and Orchestra performed by Lucie Svehlova

Recording Produced by James Fitzpatrick for Prometheus Records
Executive Producer: Luc Van De Ven

CD 1

1. THEME and ANSWER TO A DREAM (5:00)
2. OVERTURE (5:03)
3. PRELUDE / TAMAR RIDES OUT* (6:25)
4. THE DESERT (2:32)
5. THE MEETING / THE CITY OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH* (0:48)
6. THE GATES OF SODOM / PALACE DANCE* (4:00)
7. THE TORTURE OF TAMAR (2:51)
8. LYRE MUSIC (1:20)
9. THE QUEEN’S FAVOURITE (2:00)
10. THE JORDAN (3:05)
11. THE CHOSEN PEOPLE / GOOD FORTUNE* (3:40)
12. CHILDREN’S GAME (1:39)
13. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM / ASTAROTH’S DEFEAT (5:45)
14. THE PRAYER (0:54)
15. ANSWER TO A DREAM (3:12)
16. THE QUARRY (1:07)
17. THE HAND READING (2:03)
18. MARCH OF THE ELAMITES (1:08)
19. THE QUEEN’S BATH / LYRE MUSIC 2* (0:57)
20. THE DAM / LOT’S THREAT (2:40)
21. RIVER PASTORALE / LOT’S PROPOSAL / ILDITH’S FEAR (6:12)
22. THE WEDDING (1:29)
23. FAREWELL and MARCH OF THE HEBREWS** / HEBREWS’ MARCH INTO SODOM** (4:26)

TT: 68:25

CD 2

1. ATTACK ON THE HEBREW CAMP* / DECOY (3:31)
2. BATTLE OF THE DAM** (14:18)
3. VICTORY MARCH (0:58)
4. THE RETURN* (0:24)
5. WELCOME TO SODOM (1:34)
6. INTERMISSION* (0:52)
7. INTERMEZZO (6:05)
8. WITHIN THE WALLS OF SODOM (1:32)
9. THE WILL OF JEHOVAH / JEALOUSY (4:57)
10. DANCE OF THE TWINS / DANCE OF THE SINNERS (6:15)
11. ESCAPING SLAVES / ASTAROTH AND LOT CONFLICT (3:30)
12. THE PRISON (1:10)
13. MESSENGERS OF JEHOVAH / LOT FREED* (2:43)
14. FREE AGAIN / LOT’S MISSION (3:11)
15. EXODUS – HEBREWS LEAVE SODOM* / THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM (5:26)
16. THE PILLAR OF SALT and FINALE (3:37)
17. EPILOGUE (2:49)
18. ANSWER TO A DREAM (for Solo Violin and Orchestra) (World Premiere Recording) (5:47)

TT: 68:44

*Previously Unreleased
**Contains Previously Unreleased Music

Catalogue Number: XPCD 178

Release Date: SEPTEMBER 28th 2015

Released to Coincide with
EPIC HOLLYWOOD CONCERT : THE MUSIC OF MIKLOS ROZSA www.filmmusicconcerts.com

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I'd wager that there are at least 10 historic scores from his MGM years - among them the following - that are as brilliant, that is if you are open to his dramatic scoring. His themes, especially the broad romantics, are ace.

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Well this is done the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra that has done a lot of quite faithful and great sounding Rózsa re-recordings in the past. The improved sonics over what I understand to be pretty aged elements of the original recording of course are an added incentive if you love the music and are not averse to new interpretations of it.

There is also the world premiere recording of the complete Battle of the Dam which runs for 14 minutes instead of 4½ like on the original score release and it seems some other pieces of this music have been previously unreleased.

As I said, I do not even know this score all that well and I ordered this without a second thought because it is a Rózsa epic done by this orchestra and producer.

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I'd wager that there are at least 10 historic scores from his MGM years - among them the following - that are as brilliant, that is if you are open to his dramatic scoring. His themes, especially the broad romantics, are ace.

Yes, yes, and yes. For those who are stuck in the groove of contemporary scoring and have yet to visit the Golden Age of Hollywood music, from the late 30s through the mid-60s Rosza was just about the closest thing to post-'75 Williams you'll find during that era. (Korngold was another, of course, though he only did 18 films. And I'd say Victor Young had the sort of melodic sophistication we love in JW's music. But Rosza was, in my opinion, consistently the best during the time of biblical-scale epics.) Scores like El-Cid, Quo Vadis, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, and Ivanhoe were the Star Wars, Superman, and Jurassic Park (so to speak) of the 50s and early 60s.

Sodom and Gomorrah came right at the end of that period, and was the last work he did before a decline in the frequency of his output (he would do only four more scores over the next 10 years). I'm a little iffy on full-score rerecordings in general, but Nic Raine has shown a deft hand in the past and this is a classic score. I think I'm gonna hafta pick me up a copy.

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The City of Prague Philharmonic, Nic Raine and James Fitzpatrick have done stellar job on the previous Rózsa projects (and a lot of the other complete score re-recordings as well) and they seem to strike a balance between faithful reproduction of the music as it was written for the film with tempi and style etc. and the more listening experience oriented considerations like adding a concert ending to a piece of music to make it more rounded piece of music. They serve the music with high fidelity but also try to serve it so it makes musical sense on album.

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Just got my copy! Fast service Tadlow and Prometheus! :)

EDIT: Although the film sounds like a horrible mess this score is vintage Rózsa with great themes and powerful orchestrations. Oh those sweeping Rózsa loves themes. The new Answer to a Dream for Violin and Orchestra is a perfect way to round out the (2h 16 minute!) experience.

P.S. publicist there is a fun mention right up your alley in the liner notes with Frank K. DeWald mentioning how the composer himself would probably have presented a considerably truncated version of the Battle of the Dam on a soundtrack album but here it is presented naturally complete. ;)

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