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Miklos Rozsa was involved with the famed Korda brothers for several decades during his career as a composer of film scores. This is a relationship that commenced with the composer’s first major assignment in 1937, Knight Without Armor, a prestige Korda production which starred Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat. It is fitting that three of the four films represented in this collection are products of this unique affiliation. Gamba and the BBC PO do an admirable job with this material. Clearly the conductor fully understands the ebb and flow of Rosza’s distinctive style. While it’s wonderful to have new recordings of The Thief Of Bagdad and The Jungle Book in rich, detailed sound, courtesy of Chandos, it’s a treat to have an extended selection from Sahara (1943), one of the composer’s most underrated scores. Until now we’ve had to settle for Charles Gerhardt’s tantalizing version of the main title.
The suite included here was prepared by the late Christopher Palmer and premiered in the US in 1986 at the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Roughly 8 minutes in duration, it’s brimming with inspired rhythmic and coloristic touches as well as Rozsa’s singular lyrical gift. A few quibbles. As good as the Ben Hur Suite is, it would have been nice to include some other under represented scores.
Sadly, the 30 second opening fanfare for the The Thief Of Bagdad was not included possibly due to time constraints (the disc clocks in at 80 minutes and 37 seconds!) Albeit brief, it does contain important thematic material. These are minor issues. This is a major addition to the Rozsa discography and deserves the broadest dissemination.more....
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