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 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Marvellous recording, one of my all time favourite scores.

Thankyou, Luc, James and Nic, plus all the guys and gals at Tadlow, Prometheus and Prague who made this wonderful recording possible.

I'm a very happy chap smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I hope it sells out; it deserves to. What a wonderful work.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Such a stirring, timeless score. My disc arrived today - suddenly the wait for Dracula to arrive (some weeks off yet as ordered it from music box in France) is forgotten.

I wished for so many years for a re-recording of this. It's like a dream come true.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

My copy arrived today. Wasn't too keen on track 4 "Drunken Vikings Song", otherwise it was Top Notch. Track 16 was my favourite (same track as the Video clip on the Tadlow website.

I wondered if the Extra track "Main Theme of Barabbas" implied a future re-record from Prometheus ?.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

For some reason or other, I had a reservation on first listen... perhaps my ears were exhausted from previously spending hours auditioning the fine new Dracula release.
But today, after another couple of listens to The Vikings, I rate it as an outstanding CD. Best compliment I can pay is that a score I've always rated so very highly, now seems even better than before.
Congratulations to the producers and performers!

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2018 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


I wondered if the Extra track "Main Theme of Barabbas" implied a future re-record from Prometheus ?.




A companion disc of re-recorded Nascimbene suites from Barabbas, Solomon and Sheba and Alexander the Great would be rather nice.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2018 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)


A companion disc of re-recorded Nascimbene suites from Barabbas, Solomon and Sheba and Alexander the Great would be rather nice.


That's a great idea. Hopefully this release will be successful enough to make that viable.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2018 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Don't forget "One Million Years BC" another Nascimbene score that I'm extremely fond of.

Silva, did a very nice suite from the film, which I have, but an extended version would be great.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2018 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Julian K   (Member)

Don't forget "One Million Years BC" another Nascimbene score that I'm extremely fond of.

A Nascimbene at Hammer disc / set, featuring music from One Million Years BC, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Creatures the World Forgot, and The Vengeance of She would be very welcome!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2018 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Fantastic Recording!!!

Now hoping for
PRINCE VALIANT
THE CRIMSON PIRATE
and


BAMBI!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2018 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Don't forget "One Million Years BC" another Nascimbene score that I'm extremely fond of.

A Nascimbene at Hammer disc / set, featuring music from One Million Years BC, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Creatures the World Forgot, and The Vengeance of She would be very welcome!




https://www.discogs.com/Mario-Nascimbene-One-Million-Years-BC-When-Dinosaurs-Ruled-The-Earth-Creatures-The-World-Forgot-Orig/release/2890506

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2018 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)


A companion disc of re-recorded Nascimbene suites from Barabbas, Solomon and Sheba and Alexander the Great would be rather nice.


That's a great idea. Hopefully this release will be successful enough to make that viable.


I very much doubt that will ever happen...so for now why not enjoy The Vikings

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2018 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I got the DVD rental from Netflix and watched it last night. I am very much looking forward to this now. The main theme was stuck in my head for a bit after finishing the film. The picture quality of the Kino Lorber DVD is fantastic as is the sound generally considering the age of the film. It was an enjoyable movie and I'm glad I decided to watch it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2018 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   cathiejohn   (Member)

Just received my copy and I'm thrilled by it.

On a sad (read "bloody irritating" note) I stumbled across a site on which this stellar recording is being already streamed. And by someone who claims to love film music! (As if anyone who genuinely loved music would ever be part of stealing from artists!)

James, if you'd like me to PM you the link, please let me know. I'd be delighted to see you prosecute the thieves into dust!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2018 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   JamesFitz   (Member)

Just received my copy and I'm thrilled by it.

On a sad (read "bloody irritating" note) I stumbled across a site on which this stellar recording is being already streamed. And by someone who claims to love film music! (As if anyone who genuinely loved music would ever be part of stealing from artists!)

James, if you'd like me to PM you the link, please let me know. I'd be delighted to see you prosecute the thieves into dust!


Yes..please email tadlowmusic@hotmail.com

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2018 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Richard May   (Member)

A stellar recording as always from Tadoow, made all the better for those wonderful choral passages. The composer is one who I have not got previously, though I’ve known the scores for years since watching it on the TV as a I grew up. Now I can watch it on a superb quality Blu-ray and separately on CD. It hasn’t left my CD player since it arrived earlier this week!

Being relatively unfamiliar with Nascimbene, I’m curious whether the use of Schumann to orchestrate had the similar effect on Nascimbene’s score as Schumann arguably did on Jarre’s Lawrence. I ask as someone who has many Jarre scores including Tadlow’s outstanding recording of course, and I know James Fitzpatrick is even more so, but I’ve always thought Lawrence had a slightly different sound to his other scores and therefore am wondering whether this is an influence of the orchestrator?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2018 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

A stellar recording as always from Tadoow

You should hear the Tadlow one. Much better. smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2018 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Being relatively unfamiliar with Nascimbene, I’m curious whether the use of Schumann to orchestrate had the similar effect on Nascimbene’s score as Schumann arguably did on Jarre’s Lawrence.

The orchestrations are by Dutch-born English composer Gerard Schurmann. Schurmann, I'm convinced, contributed to some of the myriad harmonies that resplendently accompany the Viking theme as heard in "Ragnar Returns."

Orchestrator Leo Arnaud had in a similar way had a hand in the harmonization of Maurice Jarre's "Lara's Theme" for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.

That's what orchestrators are called to do professionally. They often receive no film credit. THE VIKINGS credit reads "Music composed and arranged by Mario Nascimbene."

As for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, Schurmann described his collaboration with Maurice Jarre as "stressful" in a famous Cue Sheet article, which can be found here, with an added final sentence:

http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2009/01/lawrence.htm

James Fitzpatrick has replied to the Schurmann-Jarre conflict (in an interview with Roger Hall):

Yes, I do believe that from some rather vocal sources there has been the most unfair criticism. I do not want to particular re-open that debate except to quote from one of Maurice’s other orchestrators: "You'll be happy to see Maurice's original sketches at USC soon. Maurice wrote all of LAWRENCE, which is in his handwriting. Same with ZHIVAGO. I think that the original orchestrator maybe made a bit of a stretch to claim otherwise! The sketches say it all." As I say in my sleeve notes for LAWRENCE:

Over the years there has been much debate in the film music community over the role in general of orchestrators and what their influence might be on the final scoring of any movie. There has also been more specific (and often unduly heated) debate over the partnership on LAWRENCE of Maurice Jarre and Gerard Schurmann. It is well documented that they did not see eye to eye! I will leave it to other more qualified persons to debate this further...if they wish. All I can add is that Gerard Schurmann’s orchestrations are vivid, challenging and imaginative, whilst Maurice Jarre’s thematic material is truly inspired; and, as CD 2 will show, this melodic inspiration continued for the next 40 years of his career in film music.

My final thought on the matter is that around the same time Gerard Schurmann did the orchestrations for THE VIKINGS and EXODUS and yet doesn’t seem too concerned about his lack of credit for these two classic films?


 
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