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HERRMANN / NEWMAN: Egyptian (The)

Composer(s):Herrmann, BernardNewman, Alfred
Artist(s) Moscow Symphony Chorus, Choir • Stromberg, William, Conductor • Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music
Catalogue 8.557702
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

John Morgan has done a characteristically superb job in reconstructing the music from the forgotten 1955 epic, The Egyptian, presenting the best of the 100-minute score for a 71-minute CD. The score was a collaborative effort between Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Newman, who wrote 11 of the 30 tracks on this CD. Beginning with an ‘exotic’ prelude by Newman, with wordless chorus, the score is full of imagination, with Herrmann providing the more adventurous writing next to Newman’s more typically romantic-film approach. Striking numbers include Herrmann’s The Chariot Ride and Dance Macabre, while Newman’s Valley of the Kings is suitably atmospheric. Both composers were of course masters of film music, and it says much that


Review By Andy Cooper,Leader-Post,January 2007

This is a classic example of a film score that has become far more famous than the movie it was composed for.

A mystical epic about an Egyptian wanderer seeking the meaning of life in the time of the Pharaohs, The Egyptian was made in 1954 and could have been a great movie had 20th Century Fox stuck with its plan to cast the young Marlon Brando in the lead role. However, bland contract player Edmund Purdom got the part instead and supporting players Jean Simmons and Victor Mature couldn't save it.

Because composer Alfred Newman was busy with other work, he collaborated on the film with Bernard Herrmann, who wrote many great Alfred Hitchcock scores including Vertigo and Psycho.



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