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Sodom & Gomorrah - 2CD Complete Score - Limited 500 Copies - Miklos Rozsa

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Digitmovies is truly proud to present Ð after having produced numerous CDs dedicated to great Italian musicians Ð the first reissue in digipack format of the CD dedicated to the important international musician Mikl—s R—zsa releasing in a double CD BOX de-luxe edition of the full stereo original motion picture score from the 1962 movie ÒSODOM AND GOMORRAHÓ directed by Robert Aldrich (and Sergio Leone as second unit director). This double-disc set also celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the movie and its musical score. Mikl—s R—zsaÕs name is closely linked to hundreds of scores for romantic and dramatic cinema exploding effectively during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Mikl—s R—zsaÕs cinematic debut is connected to the 1937 British production by compatriot S‡ndor Korda. In fact ÒKnight without armorÓ (ÒLa contessa AlessandraÓ) was the movie that brought both Korda and Dr. R—zsa to Hollywood, where R—zsa scored a row ÒThe four feathersÓ (ÒLe quattro piumeÓ) in 1937 and the wonderful Colossal Fantasy ÒThe jungle bookÓ (ÒIl libro della giunglaÓ) in 1942, both movies directed by Zolt‡n Korda, brother of the known producer. R—zsa also scored one of the great fantasy films, ÒThe Thief of BagdadÓ (ÒIl ladro di BagdadÓ) directed in 1940 by Ludwig Berger and Michael Powell. After his first Hollywood works Mikl—s R—zsa primarily specialized in writing scores for the ÒnoirÓ genre, scoring such classical movies as ÒDouble indemnityÓ (ÒLa fiamma del peccatoÓ) directed by Billy Wilder in 1945, ÒSpellboundÓ (ÒIo ti salver˜Ó) by Alfred Hitchcock in 1946, ÒA double lifeÓ (ÒDoppia vitaÓ) by George Cukor in 1947 (for his scores for these last two movies R—zsa won two of his three Oscars), ÒThe strange love of Martha IversÓ (ÒLo strano amore di Marta IversÓ) by Milestone in 1946, ÒThe killersÓ (ÓI gangstersÓ) in 1946 and ÒCriss CrossÓ (ÒDoppi giochiÓ) in 1949, both directed by Robert Siodmark, ÒBrute forceÓ (ÒForza brutaÓ) in 1947 and ÒThe naked cityÓ (ÒLa cittˆ nudaÓ) in 1948, both directed by Jules Dassin. For the cinema of Epic genre Mikl—s R—zsa composed and conducted original scores that are considered as milestones of cinema history. In 1951 MGM hired him for the super colossal ÒQuo VadisÓ directed by Mervyn LeRoy, followed by ÒIvanhoeÓ in 1952, ÒKnights of the round tableÓ (ÒI cavalieri della tavola rotondaÓ) in 1953, both directed by Richard Thorpe, ÒYoung bessÓ (ÒLa regina vergineÓ) by George Sidney in 1953, ÒJulius CaesarÓ (ÒGiulio CesareÓ) by Joseph L.Mankiewicz in 1953, ÒThe kingÕs thiefÓ (ÒIl ladro del reÓ) by Robert Z.Leonard in 1955, ÒDianeÓ (ÒDiana la cortigianaÓ) by David Miller in 1956, ÒBen-HurÓ by William Wyler in 1959, ÒKing of kingsÓ (ÓIl re dei reÓ) by Nicholas Ray in 1961, ÒEl CidÓ by Anthony Mann in 1961 and last but not least ÒSodom and GomorraÓ (ÒSodoma e GomorraÓ). Among the other musical comment by Mikl—s R—zsa the following scores are to be mentioned: ÒLust for lifeÓ (ÓBrama di vivereÓ) directed by Vincent Minelli in 1956, ÒThe world, the flesh and the devilÓ(ÓLa fine del mondoÓ) by Ronald McDougall in 1959,ÒThe private life of Sherlock HolmesÓ(ÒVita privata di Sherlock HolmesÓ) by Billy Wilder in 1970 (director Wilder realized this movie after having the sensational experience while listening to R—zsaÕs ÒConcerto per violinoÓ, a piece on which the score is based). In the last years of his fabulous career M¡ R—zsa returned to his most beloved genres: to the Epic/Fantasy ÒThe golden voyage of SinbadÓ (ÒIl viaggio fantastico di SinbadÓ) directed by Gordon Hessler in 1974, to the dramatic movies like ÒProvidenceÓ by Alain Resnais in 1977 and ÒFedoraÓ by Billy Wilder in 1978, the science fiction ÒTime after timeÓ (ÒLÕuomo venuto dallÕimpossibileÓ) by Nicholas Meyer in 1979, the noir movies ÒLast embraceÓ (ÒIl segno degli HannaÓ) by Jonathan Demme in 1979, ÒEye of the needleÓ (ÒLa cruna dellÕagoÓ) by Richard Marquand in 1981 and the last movie he scored ÒDead men donÕt wear plaidÓ (ÒIl mistero del cadavere scomparsoÓ) by Carl Reiner in 1982, a comedy but with noiresque touch that recalls the tradition of great American classics for which R—zsa had been the musical soul. Sadly Dr. R—zsa passed away on the 27th july of 1995 in Los Angeles. ÒSodom and GomorrahÓ (ÒSodoma e GomorraÓ) from the year 1962 is a splendid production by Goffredo Lobardo for Titanus that continues the tradition of the epic cinema of Hollywood. An international cast was hired for this mega production: Stewart Granger (who was not a newcomer for the epic genre since he had already acted in movies like ScaramoucheÓ from 1952, ÒSalom�Ó from 1953 and ÒBeau BrummellÓ from 1954) in the role of Loth, head of an Jewish nomad tribe led by him through the desert to the twin cities Sodom and Gomorrah, famous for the lasciviousness and dominated by Bera, a queen of lust for power (Anouk Aimee), Ildith (Pier Angeli), the wife of Loth who becomes a pillar of salt, Astaroth (Stanley Baker), Shuah (Rossana Podestˆ), Tamara (Scilla Gabel) and other characters interpreted by illustrious names of the Italian Cinema: Ishmael (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart), Melchior (Rik Battaglia), the Captain (Anthony Steffen), Lieutenant (Gabriele Tinti), Arlok (Mimmo Palmara), Maleb (Claudia Mori) and the dancer twins (Hellen & Alice Kessler). Enormous scenery both of interiors and exteriors of the colossal cities, exotic locations, including the special effects for the destruction of the sinner cities by divine hand: all this realization was done following the approved rules of the Hollywodian cinema. Rumoured is that originally composer Dimitri Tiomkin was called, but he was not available that time because of health problems and therefore he had been replaced by Mikl—s R—zsa to compose and conduct an original symphonic score for orchestra and choir to cover two third parts of the 155 minute movie. The score was recorded in the studio ÒAÓ of RCA in Rome in June 1962. R—zsa has always been a researcher specialized in world music history.

In the case of ÒSodom and GomorrahÓ he had performed deep research into Yemeni and Babylonian Jewish music so as to create the dances and prayer songs for choir in their original language. Thence the orchestral themes of pure fantasy are combined with motifs that have antique origins. For what concerns the OST discography of ÒSodom and GomorrahÓ, this score has been issued on 33 rpm long-playing record by RCA in different countries all over the world (Usa: Rca Victor LSO 1076 Ð Spain: Rca Cinematres NL 43755 Ð Japan: Rca CR 10023 Ð Usa: Citadel CT MR 1, album produced by composer R—zsa-expert Tony Thomas, containing six selections coupled with the score from 1968 movie ÒThe powerÓ). The first CD release of this OST in mono sound was issued on Cambria CD 1050 then the original American LP was reissued on the CD BMG special products/collectables COL-CD-6480 (DRCI-2634) in stereo. The first complete and stereo version was issued in 1986 on a double LP set (Legend DLD 1-2). The realization of our double CD Box de-luxe edition was made possible Ð once again Ð thanks to the generous help of C.A.M. authorizing this reissue (with a total playing time of 111Õ38Ó) of this memorable OST including the 6 rare bonus tracks discovered on the original session master tapes: 5 alternative choral pieces and a Jewish dance piece that were recorded during the 1962 session but not used in the final version of the movie. Despite careful digital restoration and remastering some anomalies pre-existing on the original sources remain. -DIGITMOVIES

Track Listing

DISC 1
1. OVERTURE 4:34
2. PRELUDIO 2:21
3. IL DESERTO 2:17
4. L'INCONTRO 0:35
5. LE PORTE DI SODOMA 2:19
6. TORTURA DI TAMARA 2:54
7. MUSICA PER LIRA 1:15
8. LA FAVORITA DELLA REGINA 1:30
9. IL GIORDANO 3:02
10. IL POPOLO ELETTO 2:40
11. GIOCO BAMBINI 1:39
12. IL PREZZO DELLA LIBERTË 2:35
13. LA SCONFITTA DI ASTAROTH 2:31
14. PREGHIERA 0:44
15. RISPOSTA AD UN SOGNO 2:39
16. LA DIGA 1:06
17. LETTURA DELLA MANO 1:47
18. MARCIA DEGLI ELAMITI 1:07
19. IL BAGNO DELLA REGINA 0:24
20. LA MINACCIA DI LOT 1:34
21. PASTORALE DEL FIUME 4:40
22. ILDITH HA PAURA 0:55
23. MATRIMONIO 1:30
24. L'ADDIO 1:17
25. TRANELLO 1:28
26. LA BATTAGLIA DELLA DIGA 4:35
27. MARCIA DELLA VITTORIA 0:38
28. IL BENVENUTO DI SODOMA 1:22

DISC 2
1. INTERMEZZO 5:07
2. ENTRO LE MURA DI SODOMA I:29
3. LA VOLONTA' DI JEHOVAH 1:46
4. GELOSIA 2:49
5. DANZA DELLE GEMELLE 3:56
6. DANZA DEI PECCATORI 2:32
7. FUGA DEGLI SCHIAVI 1:03
8. LA DISFATTA DI ASTAROTH 2:29
9. PRIGIONE 1:07
10. MESSAGGERI DI GEOVA 2:15
11. NUOVAMENTE LIBERO 0:42
12. LA MISSIONE DI LOT 1:58
13. ESODO 1:32
14. DISTRUZIONE DI SODOMA 4:17
15. STATUA DI SALE 3:37
16. EPILOGO 2:03
Archives Bonus tracks- previously unreleased
17. PREGHIERA (unused take 1) 2:44
18. PREGHIERA (unused take 2) 2:27
19. PREGHIERA (unused take 3) 2:33
20. DANZA (unused take 4) 1:31
21. PREGHIERA (unused take 5) 2:10
22. PREGHIERA (unused take 6) 2:30