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Masada
(1981)
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1990 Varèse
2011 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Jerry Goldsmith
Morton Stevens

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Re-Recording Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(Re-Recording)
(February 2nd, 1990)

Intrada Records
(Original Recording)
(May 31st, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release, but it went out of print and sold for $50 or more in the 2000's. The 2011 Intrada album is limited to 5,000 copies and was made available for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Winner of an Emmy Award and nominated for another.
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Buy it... on either of its albums if you value Jerry Goldsmith's few but memorable forays into the realm of massive historical epics, this one perhaps as impressive in its scale as any in his career despite existing for a television mini-series.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by the potentially overwrought sense of melodrama inherent in expansive biblical scores or Goldsmith's robust military marches, or if for some insane reason you are not impressed by The Wind and the Lion.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,501
WRITTEN 7/29/09, REVISED 6/24/11
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Masada: (Jerry Goldsmith/Morton Stevens) At the height of the appeal of network television mini-series, Masada was a massive extravaganza of the highest order. Resurrecting the concept of the biblical epic from Hollywood's Golden Age, the six and a half hour 1981 event used its significant production budget to secure popular and veteran names in its cast and crew, led by Peter O'Toole in a powerful primary role. Although based on an Ernest K. Gann novel, the adaptation of Masada took some liberties with the facts surrounding the Roman siege of the famed Jewish fortress in the first century following Christ's death. Despite the convenient invention of several characters and sub-plots, the series (originally spread over four nights during its airing) does remain true to the most important circumstances, including brutality on the part of the Jews and sympathetic aspects within the Roman armies. Outstanding photography and lavish art direction, both contributing to a bloated budget over $20 million, helped the series earn strong critical response and high ratings, though poor preservation of the film has limited its appeal several decades later. One element of Masada that was equally praised but also surprisingly demanded only minimal attention in the decades to follow is Jerry Goldsmith's expansive music. The composer had earned his ticket to the industry with extensive work for television while in his twenties, carrying over that success to several Emmy-winning scores for a variety of genres on television in the early 1970's. In fact, Goldsmith outright dominated the Emmy scene during that time. As he entered an extremely fruitful period of the late 70's and early 1980's during which he was regularly nominated for Academy Awards (and winning once) for his superior motion picture output, though, the scoring of full mini-series for the medium became rare. Ultimately, Masada was one of those rare projects that Goldsmith actively sought to be involved with from the earliest stages, traveling to Israel in pre-production to research ancient instrumentation for use in the recording and write some of the thematic material necessary for use as source music in context.



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Average: 3.55 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:23
• 1. Main Title (5:04)
• 2. The Old City (3:26)
• 3. The Planting (2:56)
• 4. The Road to Masada (6:54)
• 5. Night Raid (3:30)
• 6. Our Land (4:41)
• 7. The Encampment (2:30)
• 8. No Water (2:30)
• 9. The Slaves (5:14)
2011 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 149:05

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The inserts of both the Varèse and Intrada albums include information about the score and mini-series, the latter product also sharing technical details about the original recording.
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