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The Fall of the Roman Empire (Expanded) [Soundtrack]

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La-La Land Records and Sony Music present the remastered and expanded release of renowned composer Dimitri Tiomkin's (55 DAYS AT PEKING, GIANT, RIO BRAVO, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA) original motion picture score to the 1964 Roman era-set feature film epic THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Alec Guinness and Christopher Plummer, and directed by Anthony Mann. Mr. Tiomkin's Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning score is among his finest ˆ large in scope, yet uniquely brash and brimming with energy and ornamentation. Remastered from the original ¼ inch LP master tapes in the Sony vaults and expanded with bonus mono cues, this 65 minute presentation is the most definitive, official release of the original THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE score to date. Produced by Didier C. Deutsch and Mark G. Wilder and mastered by Mark G. Wilder, this limited edition release of 2500 units features striking art design by Jim Titus and exclusive, in-depth liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond. 27 Tracks

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • ASIN: B007MQELKU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G M. Stathis on February 7, 2013
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Fans of the music of Dimitri Tiomkin have had a good deal to be happy about over the last few years with the release of a number of recordings that have been hard to find (in case anyone is reading, "Rio Bravo" would be a nice addition). One of his most spectacular scores was done for the Samuel Bronston/Anthony Mann production of "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964), music that was often criticized as too much, and too loud but still won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original musical score (it lost the latter to "Mary Poppins"). It was, in fact one of his best works and was difficult to come by on CD. This is one of Tiomkin's most dynamic scores. Compare the subtle and serene tones of "Dawn on the Northern Frontier," and the lovely love theme to the brash brass flurries in the opening "Fanfares and Flourishes," "Arrival of Livius," and "Decoy Patrol (the Signal to March)," and then again with the melodramatic organ in the "Overture." Columbia transferred the original LP with Tiomkin conducting the Sinfonia of London (and some notes by the composer himself) to CD in 1989 but no effort was made to add anything new. Good as that recording was, Tiomkin conducted the original soundtrack, it included only about a third of the full score, and some tracks were awkward edits of longer cues (sadly, Tiomkin had a knack for this). In 1991 Cloud Nine Records with Silva Screen Records released "More Music From `The Fall of the Roman Empire'" with some of the same music found on the Columbia disc but some additional music as well. Again the editing was truncated in places and even this amounted to only about half (actually less) of the complete score. Still, when combined with the Columbia recording one had a representative soundtrack, again with Tiomkin conducting.Read more ›
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Dimitri Tiomkin's mammoth score for Samuel Bronstein's 1964 production of "The Fall of the Roman Empire," directed by Anthony Mann, proved, once again, the versatility of Tiomkin as a film composer. Roman epics of the 1960s had previously been the exclusive domain of another great film composer, Miklos Rozsa, who very nearly came to do this film as well. That Tiomkin proved equal to the task was hardly a surprise simply moving from Czars to Caesars; the scale of the work, however, is still something to be marveled at as is evidenced by the recent recording of the score by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Nic Raine, and marvelously produced by Tadlow Music and Prometheus Records. This is a two disc treatment that includes virtually the entire score of over two hours of music! The film was generally well-received and is still considered one of the most serious epics of the time and is viewed by some as the inspiration for the more recent epic "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott (with a more contemporary but fine score by Hans Zimmer). At the time, Tiomkin's score was trashed as overly long, bombastic and over the top. In truth it is very long, and at times bombastic, and indeed over the top and even melodramatic, but one might say appropriately so. The diversity of this work is nothing less than stunning when you note the number of themes and motifs used for this sprawling film. Tiomkin was famous for using unusual instruments and combinations of instruments for varied effect and "The Fall of the Roman Empire "allowed him a broad array of opportunities for interesting expression.Read more ›
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I have purchased several of these "complete" film scores that have been put together and recorded by a modern symphony orchestra and conductor. This is another great one with suburb sound, and all the music from this film. The booklet is detailed and wonderful, and if you've seen this film you'll realize that there is music underscored throughout almost the entire picture in an epic way, like the story is itself. According to the notes, the original tapes are lost, so there is no possibility of a complete recording of the soundtrack. This production has gone back to the original manuscript score and uses a huge orchestra, chorus, organ, etc. They don't write them like this anymore! I found it a rich listening experience.
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This CD is a limited edition release of 2500 pieces and contains the original Score by Dimitri Tiomkin with 27 Tracks (= 65 minutes, incl. bonus tracks) and booklet.

Its not quite bombastic like Miklos Rosza's "Ben Hur" but its still a great and better Score which we today no longer get (except few rare times).

You can clearly hear an atmosphere. What do you want more?

Fazit: its a must have it.
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A fine rendition of Tomkin's epic score. Although the film was a box office disaster, the score has fared much better and taken it's rightful place in Tiomkin's impressive portfolio of great movie music.
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For those of you who love the movie The Fall of the Roman Empire, I am happy to say that the definitive soundtrack to the movie is finally available to enjoy. Newly remastered from original sources and expanded to its full glory. Unlike the ones in the past, this soundtrack has it all in one CD. Past releases only contained some of the music. The was also a More of...soundtrack. Both of these two soundtracks have been combined with extra added tracks to complete the definitive version. Beautifully packaged and with a nice CD booklet. I recommend this to any fan of this beautiful movie. But be quick about getting your copy as this release is limited to 2500 units.
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