Thank-you to those posters who mention classic scores that I have not listened to in many years. I took FSM's Lust for Life and the re-recording by Rozsa and the Frankenland Orch. out to give them a spin. These are golden Rozsa. They sound full bodied and clear, a well-deserved encore.
Yes, same thoughts here. This post actually encouraged me to see the movie for the FIRST TIME.
Wow, a Main Title. And it's by Rozsa.
I don't know what I expected, but I've always loved this score of Rozsa's. The DVD is a bit short of special features, but then, everybody's gone now.
I seem to remember reading somewhere or other that Rozsa's involvement in this movie kind of led to his own involvement as an art collector.
I'm hoping that someone else can shed more light on this.
It's quite good, but Fox Studio orchestra recordings sound better than MGM scoring stage.
Perhaps they did in 1956, but after a decades of rotting away it seems the average MGM score of the era survived in better shape than those from Fox. Lust of Life is one of the best sounding recordings from the era in my opinion.
Ben-Hur is plagued with some over-modulation which seemed to be typical when it came to MGM. It affected overtures most significantly, as if the recording engineer felt those needed to be laid down extra loud for some reason.