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  • Composer: Alex North
  • Audio CD (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005ABKF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Main Title
3. Pharsalia
4. Caesar to Egypt
5. Vips/King Ptolemy
6. Pompey's Ring
7. Gift for Caesar
8. Only Yesterday
9. Epilepsy
10. Great Library
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cleopatra's Barge
2. Most Becoming
3. Food
4. Antony and Cleopatra in Tarses
5. Bacchus
6. Antony and Cleopatra's Love
7. One Breath Closer
8. Love and Hate
9. Athens
10. Cleopatra's Ambition
See all 46 tracks on this disc

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Alex North did a superb job of composing and conducting this music.
Don Roberto
There have been far too many great composers in film history, each of whom has written truly great scores.
R. L. Pulliam
I'm thrilled that this has finally been released on CD, and can't wait to hear the newly-included music.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Pulliam on March 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It would be impossible, not to mention unfair, to state with any degree of persuasion that this movie score or that movie score is the greatest ever written. There have been far too many great composers in film history, each of whom has written truly great scores.

In 1950, an innovator named Alex North came to Hollywood to score "A Streetcar Named Desire" -- a combination of jazz and symphonic music that changed the nature of film music composition.

North's masterpieces are considered, arguably, to be "Spartacus" and "Cleopatra" -- the latter is seen as having evolved from the former. Whereas "Spartacus" is raw, dissonant savagery commingled with some of the purest of melodies, "Cleopatra" is nearly pure intellect, with hints of savagery at the fringes -- any time, in fact, the might of the Roman Empire interferes with Cleopatra's grand designs. "Spartacus" is drums and horns screeching and wailing (and in amazing rhythms and tempos...enough to bring human blood to a fighting boil), "Cleopatra" is exotic chimes and percussive effects, along with gentle strings weaving warm, sinuous lines of music underneath dialogue and around grand palace sets. Then, too, it is a rawly sexual, sensual procession into Rome, as well as tender, heartbreaking farewells.

Varese Sarabande, executive producers Nick Redman and Robert Townson and restoration producer Lukas Kendall have all worked a miracle with their efforts on this score. Running at a combined time of just over 150 minutes, this score presentation sounds like it was recorded yesteday, rather than in 1963. The liner notes offer tantalizing glimpses into the gigantic puzzle everyone involved faced when working with the recording masters.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "hcampo" on March 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This release sets a standard of excellence which future reissues of classic soundtrack albums should be judged. Using as many as nine separate tracks on some of the cue fragments, producers Nick Redman and Robert Townson have assembled the best representation of Alex North's monumental score ever made available to the music-buying public. To say that this 2 CD set is a vast improvement over the original LP release is an understatement that can only be fully appreciated by buying and listening to this wonderful album. In fact the sound quality is so good that you will find it impossible to believe that the source for this reissue is almost forty years old.
Every note of this splendid CD is derived from the original multi-track "music only" magnetic masters of the motion picture, which means that, unlike the recently mutilated Rodgers and Hammerstein soundtrack reissues on EMI-Angel, there are no Foley effects, dialogue or other intrusions to mar your enjoyment of this great score. The music comes first in this presentation so even if you rightfully think of North's CLEOPATRA as one of the great theatrical symphonic works of the 2oth. Century instead of just a musical souvenir of a movie, you will not be disappointed.
The 20th. Century Fox Orchestra plays magnificently, as always, on this recording and these CD's contain practically every note Alex North wrote for CLEOPATRA and for once the inclusion of all this music instead of a traditional suite of themes is not only appropriate but essential.
Alex North's musical style can be appreciated by a wide spectrum of listeners. Whether your tastes lie rooted in classical, jazz, new age or other genres this lyric, beautifully orchestrated music is accessible to all. That this CD release was a labor of love for all the parties involved in its inception is clear in listening to it. Alex North's score for CLEOPATRA is a musical masterpiece that has been given its due magnificently in this expanded reissue.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Alex North and his music occupy a rarified postion among the pantheon of men most widely considered to be the masters of film music - his peak is compositional intellect while exploring the deepest troves of musical emotion found anywhere in film composition. For "Cleopatra", a film that can be referred to without the slightest reservation as one of the most enormous productions ever to emerge from Hollywood - is being re-released on DVD (3-DVD-Set) on 4/03/2001 running time of 248 minutes - completely restored.
North composed one of the masterpieces of the art form - at long last to be presented as it should have been here, is cause for great celebration. The score manages to display both a convincing authenticity of the period - and North's distinctive gift for explosive, striking modernism - touching on the transition of Rome from Republic to empire.
Our composer with his passion and skill for exploring human emotions, coupled with a unique gift for striking and exotic orchestral colors, that made his epic scores so distinctive and unforgettable. North's spectacular works of large-scale modernism in this film works of dazzling darkness and light, of explosive power and dizzying beauty.
We are grateful to - Nick Redman (producer), Robert Townson (executive producer/CD booklet design/outstanding liner-notes), Lukas Kendall (restoration producer), Dan Hersch (digital editing/mastering), Jeff Bond (score liner-notes) and Varese Sarabande - the resurrection of Cleopatra and ALEX NORTH!
Total Time: Disc One 76:12 on 29 Tracks & Disc Two 74:49 on 24 Tracks...Varese Sarabande 302 066 224 2...(2001)
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