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CHAN 10806

The Film Music of Miklos Rozsa

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


BBC Philharmonic

Rumon Gamba


MediaCity UK, Salford


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George

Ralph Couzens



Stephen Rinker

Record Label
Chandos Movies


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 79:39
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The Film Music of Miklos Rozsa

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Suite from 'The Thief of Bagdad'

1 Overture. Allegro moderato - Poco animato - Poco più animato - 2:42
2 Cortège. Tempo di Marcia 2:43
3 The Love of the Princess. Andante semplice - Lento - 3:59
  Poco animato - Tempo di Lento - Tempo I  
4 The Sultan's Toys. Andante - Moderato 1:54
5 The Flying Horse Gallop. Molto moderato - Allegretto scherzando 1:42
6 The Silvermaid's Dance. Moderato - Più animato - Tempo I - 3:53
7 The Market at Basra. Vivo - Poco meno mosso - Broader - 2:41
  Tempo I - Molto vivace - Vivacissimo  

Suite froom 'Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book'

8 Beginning. Largamente - Più mosso - Poco più mosso - 5:30
  Molto moderato e pesante - Moderato - Molto moderato - Poco più animato -  
9 Shere Khan. Molto moderato - Andantino - Grazioso - Lento 3:42
10 Mowgli Wanders. Andante - Allegretto scherzando - Molto moderato - 2:16
11 Lullaby. Largamente - Lento 3:27
12 The Ways of Man. Allegretto giocoso - Con moto - Tranquillo 4:28
13 Cries of the Animals. Non troppo allegro - Allegro agitato - Più mosso 1:54
14 Mowgli Seeks Shere Khan. Moderato - Marciale - Animato - Molto moderato - 3:55
15 The Chase. Allegro agitato - Largamente 1:02
16 Victory. Allegro giocoso - Largamente e pesante - 2:29
17 Bagheera's Contentment. Molto moderato - Allegro scherzando - Lento - Molto tranquillo - Poco animato - 2:29

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'

19 Prelude. Maestoso - Allegro - Poco animato - Più lento - Più mosso 3:44
20 Love Theme. Poco più largamente - Tranquillo 3:10
21 The Burning Desert. Pesante - Largamente - Adagio 5:14
  solemne - Animato  
22 The Rowing of the Galley Slaves. Molto moderato - Poco animato - 2:35
23 The Mother's Love. Lento 3:04
24 Parade of the Charioteers. Alla Marcia 3:20
  Total Time 79:39      
 Rumon Gamba
  19 and 20 July 2013  

Chandos CHAN 10806

The Film Music of Miklós Rózsa: Suites from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book (without narration), Sahara, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur – BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba

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 suites from some of Rózsa’s best-loved film scores.

The scores composed for Alexander Korda’s London Films Company between 1937 and 1942 are 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. The suite from the first encompasses the major events of the plot in its seven movements. That from the second abounds with leitmotifs, each character having 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.

“… 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/October2014

 "...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 - - 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 - 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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