King of Kings
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To call Hungarian-born film composer Miklós Rózsa the musical king of historical epics would hardly be hyperbole; Ben-Hur alone might have earned him the title. Recorded just two years after Hur, Rózsa's score to MGM's typically grand retelling of Christ's life was a worthy, sweeping orchestral bookend to the studio's previous Biblical-themed success. But its original soundtrack release was another matter: a vastly inferior European recording that crudely cut together but 40 minutes of Rózsa's musical cues. This richly annotated Turner Classic Movies/Rhino Records double-disc corrects that shortcoming (and an early '90s abridged version of the original score) and then some, collecting together for the first time Rózsa's complete MGM studio recordings for the film. Mastered from the studio's original multitracks, the sound is nothing short of spectacular, the sweeping scope of Rózsa's cues a tribute to what often seems a dying art form. Indeed, the melodic themes and dramatic, orchestral thunder here could power a half-dozen contemporary CGI-fueled actioners. --Jerry McCulley
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King Of Kings was not a movie I loved - and I love biblical period movies and regardless - poor or not will usually watch and buy them. But!!! This film had one of the greatest and moving scores - typical of such a fine and talented composer as Miklos Rozsa. Though 'King of Kings' the story might have lost something in the story to me, the wonderful music has kept it one of my library classics and will make me watch it and get caught up in it right from the overture.
The soundtrack is brilliant and this two disc edition is such that I would love to play it in a large hall all to myself and get lost in it. As he did with Ben Hur and countless other great films, Miklos Rozsa captures the essence of the story - just in the music. I can play the soundtrack and remember every scene.
This is a wonderful remaster with lots of previously unissued themes - however brief and remains forever one of my cherished movie soundtracks. I will say it again and again... they don't make music like this anymore - perhaps such music was suited only to the era. There have been a few recent soundtracks of modern movies recreating that grand epic style but there is only one Miklos Rozsa.
This soundtrack comes and goes and this set is the best edition, so if you are a lover of these epic films and the music that supported the experience then get them before once more they vanish from the shelves.
This double CD set contains ALL the music Miklos wrote for this movie. Although the movie was quite long and a little drawn out in places, this CD set is pure joy. The textures Miklos wrote are lush and exhilarating, the melodies gorgeous and the harmonies have his typical stirring dominant bass line. The restored sound is breathtaking - it beats all other issues of this music.
If you're a fan of the immortal Miklos Rozsa, then throw away all previous recordings of this score and buy this set. You definately wont regret it. It is an amazing music time-trip back to the ancient world via Hollywood.
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