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Ben Hur [Soundtrack]

Miklos Rozsa Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B003647BQ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Anno Domini
3. Star Of Bethlehem (extended version)
4. Adoration Of The Magi
5. Shofar Call
6. Prelude (Main Title)
7. Marcia Romana (extended version)
8. Spirit and Sword
9. Friendship
10. The House of Hur (extended version)
See all 43 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fertility Dance
2. Arrius' Party, Party 1 & 2
3. Nostalgia (extended version)
4. Farewell to Rome (extended version)
5. Judea, Part 1 (outtake)
6. Judea, Part 2
7. A Barren Coast (outtake)
8. Balthasar (extended version)
9. Balthasar's World (extended version)
10. Homecoming
See all 45 tracks on this disc

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Oyarsa
Format:Audio CD
This set contains the full score written by Rosza for "Ben Hur" including additional takes and music finally not included in the film released. Also contains an excellent booklet with complete recording dates, explanation of the score in parallel with the film and an introduction from Charlton Heston. Also lots of photos inside!

This is Rosza at his best where just with the music you can feel the increasing tension (e.g. The Galley) or the tenderness (e.g. Love Theme).

If you like films music you won't regret buying this one. It's a MUST!

EDIT jun/2011: Just to let know that the music is directed by Rosza himself since this is a restoration from the original recording sessions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS YOUR NAME..FORTY ONE? 17 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
In my teens I started to collect soundtracks when other kids were collecting The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Jimi Hendrix. By my early twenties I had eighteen soundtracks (all vinyl of course) and one of my proudest possessions was Ben-Hur by Hungarian composer Miklos Roza (1907-1995) a Volume One and Two, purchased separately, I followed that up with El Cid, King Of Kings, Quo Vadis, and Sodom And Gommorrah, I just fell in love with his 'epic' soundtracks, but for me Ben-Hur stood high above the rest.

I recently received this double cd containing every morsel of music contained in the movie, intakes, outakes, alternate takes, you name it - its there from the trumpet introduction (30 secs.), Anno Domini, Overture, Valley of The Lepers. I do not have the album in front of me but I'm sure I counted over 50 tracks.

The album also contains a booklet with some photos which I had never seen before and a written introduction By Charton Heston..Mr. Epic himself. If you are famililar with the movie the compositions range from romantic, excitement, rage and eventually sadness. It would be hard to nominate the best track on this fine album...Parade Of Charioteers, Ramming Speed, Love Theme and Valley Of The Lepers come to mind.
Miklos Roza is considered one of the founding fathers of film music, with 3 Oscars and 16 nominations at last count, not to mention various other awards. It is not hard to see why this fine composer is held in such high esteem. I would rank him No.1 in my top 5 film composers which include Maurice Jarre, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin. So There you have it, the Double cd of the Ben-Hur soundtrack is available at the moment.....come to think of it...it should be made a crime to allow such a great work to languish on the shelves .....Brilliant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur 27 Jun 2012
By Joey_00
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Probably one of the best if not the greatest music written for a movie which awarded Miklos Rozsa an academy award. The packaging is excellent and the CDs contain all the music written for "Ben Hur" along with the outtakes. It is a must for any music and movie fan.
On the inside there is a book with pictures from behind the scenes with a forward written by Charlton Heston as well as going through the music, piece by piece for full interpretation.
I recently got it with the "Ben Hur" Blu Ray ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur Soundtrack 2CD 16 Jan 2012
By abcman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the greatest soundtracks ever written for what must be one of the greatest and spectacular films ever produced. 50+ years on this film is still entertaining helped greatly by Miklos Rozsa's majestic score.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miklos Rozsa at his best 6 Nov 2010
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One of the best soundtracks ever made. The remastering is well done and the package is work of art. If you enjoy this soundtrack, you should try El Cid [2 CD Set] - which is even better in my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT Download MP3 Version 11 Jun 2014
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Do NOT download the MP3 version. Amazon just ripped me off. I thought I was going to download the longest version at 88 Tracks and I ended-up getting ripped off with he Mono version with only 14 Tracks and that version was the old version that originally came out on LP when the film was originally released. Amazon have some answering to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Music for All Time - Tobias Churton writes 15 April 2014
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I remember a long quest on my pushbike through the junk shops of old Birmingham in the early 1970s in search of the MGM soundtrack to Ben Hur. In fact, the 'Silver Screen Soundtrack Series' edition I finally obtained from a junk shop was not a true soundtrack, but a recording made in Rome, conducted (the cover said said) by Carlo Savina for union reasons. Great as that and the subsequent volume 2 recording made (in Germany, recorded around the time I was born) undoubtedly were, anyone who has seen the film will recognise that the actual music on the soundtrack has a distinct quality which, in spite of more complex arrangements undertaken by Dr Rozsa for the official releases, was somehow lost in the recording booths of Rome and (I think) Nuremburg where 'Erich Kloss' allegedly conducted the 'Frankenland State symphony Orchestra' (if memory serves). Miklos Rosza gave the movie his very best shot, and that is saying a great deal for Rozsa is the Master of the Art. Nobody this side of heaven could have written a better score and this incredible Sony collection of the original soundtrack recordings (including outtakes), made for the most part in Hollywood, has been lovingly produced by a team who have been touched by genius and admiration to excel themselves in sonic fidelity throughout the 2-disc set. A benchmark in loving care that puts you, the listener, in with the orchestra at those amazing sessions. I cannot recommend this collection, with its marvellous book and built-to-last packaging, enough. I treasure it. I first saw the movie at the Empress, Sutton Coldfield in the summer of 1970. 44 years does seem a day too long to wait! Now let's have the original treatment on the whole score of El Cid!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this a must have?
To know how film scores should sound you need the composer to conduct. This CD is exactly what this has.
Published 6 months ago by Jais Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack
If you enjoy film soundtracks then this is a must for your collection.
Miklos Rosa is really at his very best when you hear the tracks on this CD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by THE FLY
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
In the long history of movie music I consider this one of the best scores ever written by one of the most illustrious composers, Miklos Roza. Enjoy!
Published 7 months ago by Desmond Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good OST music!
fantastic music that I like ! Highly recommended! Everyone like this movie should get this OST, don't miss it .
Published 7 months ago by yongdape
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Film...Epic Soundtrack!
This complete Soundtrack album with all the outtakes make this CD a must!

Probably one of the most enjoyable Soundtrack albums ever recorded. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cockney Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars So you think you've heard the Ben-Hur soundtrack already.....until now...
Anyone who buys this 2CD Set is probably doing so because of their love for great film epic soundtracks and to up-date from their
original vinyl LP collection purchased many... Read more
Published 13 months ago by david brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a gift for a friend which has given many hours of pleasure and, hopefully, many more to come.
Published 17 months ago by Maryliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hur - classic and timeless!
Another immense release and one that begs for even better treatment than this which is probably the best you'll find at this time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mick Trezise
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic blu-ray package for an epic movie
I am not too fond of Hollywood's grandiose biblical pictures in general, but Ben-Hur is for most part a film that can be seen as an adventure saga and works quite well for me in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sursubbu
5.0 out of 5 stars Finalmente recebi o produto
Depois de um grande período de espera e extrapolação dos prazos fornecidos recebi o produto nesta data: 17/04/2012, como decrito e pormenorizado no site.
Obrigado.
Published on 17 April 2012 by ulysses gurgel
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