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Miklós Rózsa at M-G-M
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Composed and Conducted by:
Miklós Rózsa

Produced by:
George Feltenstein
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Rhino Movie Music
(October 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are either a collector of Miklós Rózsa's scores and/or seek one of the most spectacular compilations of original recordings ever presented to the soundtrack community.

Avoid it... only if you have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the scores of Hollywood's Golden Age.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #621
WRITTEN 11/3/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Miklós Rózsa at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: (Miklós Rózsa) Few composers have held the level of power and respect within the industry as Miklós Rózsa, whose talents were so admired throughout the Golden Age that he controlled much of his destiny despite working at the height of the studio-dominated system. When he finally buckled to the pressure of signing with a single studio --a requirement for composers who wanted regular work on major projects in the 1950's especially, with the era of independent studio work rapidly on the decline-- Rózsa was able to secure a contract from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (which he considered to be the best of the studios) that not only allowed him to continue teaching at USC (an occupation he held for two decades), but also gave him the opportunity to withdraw to a small Italian village to compose concert works each summer. This was an astounding level of control for a composer to have at the time, and Rózsa was able to negotiate those terms because he was simply regarded as the best composer in film at the time. He is still today considered by most film score historians to be the most accomplished Golden Age composer, and others would continue to vouch for his potential title as the best film composer of all time. With a career that spanned 40 years and hundreds of scores, Rózsa interspersed his writing for M-G-M projects over two decades, and his work was exclusively for M-G-M films for one of those decades. It was during those years of writing specifically for M-G-M that Rózsa became the master of the historical epic. Whether the film involved the massive, expansive vistas of crusading warriors or the lavish snobbery of the more modern period piece, Rózsa rarely chose to write for films set in contemporary times (and his right to choose his assignments was another unique aspect of his relationship with M-G-M).



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 156:36
CD 1: (78:15)

• 1. Madam Bovary (17:29)
• 2. Ivanhoe (20:09)
• 3. Knights of the Round Table (11:59)
• 4. Beau Brummell (5:06)
• 5. Valley of the Kings (13:25)
• 6. Moonfleet (10:01)
CD 2: (78:21)

• 1. Green Fire (9:10)
• 2. The King's Thief (10:10)
• 3. Tribute to a Bad Man (10:37)
• 4. Diane (10:00)
• 5. Lust for Life (13:58)
• 6. The World, The Flesh and the Devil (11:19)
• 7. King of Kings (13:00)

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The insert contains a massive amount of information about Rózsa's career and each score on the album.
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