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 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



MASADA
Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH
Parts III and IV Composed and Conducted by MORTON STEVENS

INTRADA Special Collection Volume 171

Composer Jerry Goldsmith rarely sought out specific assignments; usually directors or producers came to him. But Masada (1981) was an exception -- this was a score he was passionate about writing. Universal was willing to invest heavily in the score, including sending Goldsmith to Israel on a 10-day trip to research ancient music for the project. Goldsmith initially signed on to score the entire four-night, eight-hour miniseries, but production fell behind schedule and other projects called, necessitating bringing in Morton Stevens, at Goldsmith's suggestion, to conclude the scoring of parts three and four.

Goldsmith wrote three major themes, two for the Jews and one for the Romans. The primary Jewish theme, which would become known as the Masada theme is a hora-style anthem for the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people, its dance-like rhythms reminiscent of happier times and the hope of more to come. A second theme reflects the darker side of the Jews of that First Century, the sadness and seemingly endless struggle against domination and enslavement by other peoples. For the Romans, Goldsmith wrote a march that was designed to suggest the might of Imperial Rome, with military precision and prominent parts for brass and percussion. Relentless, even pompous in its simple, decisive, might-makes-right character, it recurs in many forms throughout the miniseries.

In 1981, Goldsmith re-recorded 38-minutes in London for the superb MCA album, but curiously omitted his fierce action cues as well as many other sequences. This is the premiere release of the recording sessions from the miniseries. Intrada had access to all of the original scoring session elements stored in the Universal vaults plus studio paperwork and engineering notes for this release. As with other recording projects done at Universal, the actual sessions were made partially on 2” 24-track tape and partially on ½” 4-track tape, depending on session dates, orchestra size and other engineering needs. Virtually all of these elements survived in perfect condition, from the largest set-pieces to the smallest Roman fanfares and commercial bumpers. As a result, Intrada is able to present the complete score for the entire miniseries, including music not used, on this 2-CD set with crystal clear stereo sound. Everything is included, from largest powerhouse set-piece to smallest Roman fanfare. Each part plays as an individual program, introducing unique credit music and new material while working with ideas from previous parts, then concluding with familiar Masada end credits.

The story of the siege of Masada in 72 A.D.—in which a hardy band of Jewish Zealots held off 5,000 Roman troops for months in a mountaintop fortress—is one of the most remarkable in the annals of world military history. Peter Strauss was cast as Eleazar ben Yair, the charismatic, intense commander of the Zealots. Peter O’Toole was cast as Cornelius Flavius Silva, the complex, brilliant Roman general in charge of the Tenth Legion.

This album is limited to 5000 copies.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 171
Retail Price: $29.99
AVAILABLE NOW
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.7115/.f

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Ordered.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   adragon   (Member)

Ordered!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

ORDERED.

Happy Masada Day, everyone!

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I had only heard about this as an anonymous Goldsmith title in his filmograhy untill they played an excerpt at a Goldsmith concert here in Oslo a couple of months ago. Well, it sounded interesting, like hyper-orchestrated klezmer music or something.

Of course, this 2CD holds little interest for me, but if there is a 40-minute album program out there, that might certainly be worth checking out now that I'm more familiar with the music. Maybe the price plummets on that now that this is out?

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

Oh so ordered! Thor - get this release; you will love it.

So totally, "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

...Now I just hope Canada Post doesn't go on strike in 3 days!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   1980's Soundtrack Whore   (Member)

After listning to the samples I couldn't resist - ordered!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

An epic release and a fine companion to the LP re-recording! This has been a long time coming with both the Goldsmith and Stevens music finally available together....legit. An absolute home run from Intrada!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   historicalproductions   (Member)

Ordered as well! Although I still have the original CD release, the complete score with Stevens contribution has been very high on my want list for many years. Thanks once again Intrada!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

DEFINITELY ordered. I used to own the Varese CD but I had to part with it ages ago. Glad to have this back.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Guy   (Member)

Oh so ordered! Thor - get this release; you will love it.

So totally, "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

...Now I just hope Canada Post doesn't go on strike in 3 days!


BDM I think you are under reacting... :-)

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   billiosis   (Member)

We're on the road to MASADA
We certainly do get around

Ordered baby yeah!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

This baby is soooooooooooooooooooo ordered!...:-)

Thanks so much, Intrada!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Very happy. Always thought original release too short and too scarce(when tried to get for others). This is great news and ordered.

Also interesting to see how intada guesses seem to reach consensus on here a few days before and usually right. FSM membership, being on board, has is advantages. Cd price 29.98. Knowing it's probably coming out priceless. I was waiting for Masada.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

We're on the road to MASADA
We certainly do get around





. . . Like Webster's Dictionary, we're MASADA-bound!

(I'm ordering Tuesday, if that check comes in. wink )

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

An epic release and another LP relegated to the archives! This has been a long time coming with both the Goldsmith and Stevens music finally available together. An absolute home run from Intrada!

A fantastic release, but the album is great as well, it will be good to have both. I think it's the last great epic film score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Awesome release. Ordered. Curious if they contemplated releasing the album with this set at all... the album sounded much fuller then the actual film tracks. It was a crisp, full bodied dynamic sounding album. Never had it on cd so I kinda wished it was included as well. I would have paid another $5 to have it included.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Superb release, bye bye bootleg bye bye.

Another tremendous release from Intrada, what a year we're having.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

Awesome release. Ordered. Curious if they contemplated releasing the album with this set at all... the album sounded much fuller then the actual film tracks. It was a crisp, full bodied dynamic sounding album. Never had it on cd so I kinda wished it was included as well. I would have paid another $5 to have it included.

I still have my original Varese CD and like it, but having this set with all of the Stevens material is much better - two thumbs up for this truly massive release...:-)

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2011 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I had only heard about this as an anonymous Goldsmith title in his filmograhy untill they played an excerpt at a Goldsmith concert here in Oslo a couple of months ago. Well, it sounded interesting, like hyper-orchestrated klezmer music or something.

Of course, this 2CD holds little interest for me, but if there is a 40-minute album program out there, that might certainly be worth checking out now that I'm more familiar with the music. Maybe the price plummets on that now that this is out?


Thor,
Saw this on Ebay.
Thought you might be interested.

http://cgi.ebay.com/MASADA-Goldsmith-1981-TV-Soundtrack-CD-Varese-SEALED-/390318146763?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D1%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D302294325038842455

 
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