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Knights of the Round Table/The King's Thief (1953/1955)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Knights of the Round Table/The King's Thief Knights of the Round Table/The King's Thief Knights of the Round Table/The King's Thief
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Price: $18.71
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: May 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 7
# of Discs: 2

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music.

This 2CD set features two Miklós Rózsa scores for chivalrous knights and dashing swordsmen: Knights of the Round Table and The King's Thief.

Knights of the Round Table (1953) was M-G-M's first CinemaScope production, a colorful telling of the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle that has since been filmed as Excalibur (1981) and First Knight (1995). Robert Taylor, fresh from the studio's hit Ivanhoe, was cast as Lancelot, opposite Ava Gardner as Guinevere, and Miklós Rózsa was likewise recalled to the genre for one of his legendary action-adventure outings. Rózsa provided a complex score for large orchestra, with bountiful themes for knights and ladies, and extended action cues for sprawling battles.

A previous release of Knights on a Varese Sarabande LP and CD was an English recording (conducted by Muir Matheson) that was at one time intended for the film. FSM's CD features the premiere release of the original film soundtrack as conducted by Miklós Rózsa (and to a lesser extent John Green) in Los Angeles.

The King's Thief (1955) was a late attempt at the swashbuckling genre, with Edmund Purdom as an outlaw thief (with noble intentions) and a young Roger Moore as his right-hand man. Rózsa rose to the occasion with a majestic main theme and rollicking action cues, as well as romance for the love interest. Suspense figures prominently in an 18-minute prison escape sequence.

FSM's premiere release of both Rózsa gems features the complete underscore to Knights of the Round Table on disc one; and the complete underscore to The King's Thief; alternate and source cues from The King's Thief; and then alternate and source cues from Knights of the Round Table on disc two. Both CDs are entirely in stereo, and the thorough liner notes are by Jeff Eldridge. The two CDs are packaged in a regular-sized jewel box.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

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one of my favorite FSM Rozsa's. A lot of people talk up Knights of the Round Table, but I think the King's Thief is a solid listen as well.

This has been a big favorite & still gets lots of listens, & I agree The kings Thief is a great bonus, it's really catchy music for a not very good film. I think the 50's MGM soundtracks sound so good, a bit better than the Fox ones do. Knights Of The Round Table sounds great, a LOT better than The Robe, & Knights was only released a couple of months after THe Robe.

This has been a big favorite & still gets lots of listens, & I agree The kings Thief is a great bonus, it's really catchy music for a not very good film. I think the 50's MGM soundtracks sound so good, a bit better than the Fox ones do. Knights Of The Round Table sounds great, a LOT better than The Robe, & Knights was only released a couple of months after THe Robe.[/endquote]

Not me, the Fox recordings are superior, though the media may have deteriorated. MGM always had weak engineering, ala RAINTREE COUNTY and BEN-HUR. Listen to THE EGYPTIAN, that's a bullseye.

Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Knights of the.Round Table
The King's Thief

Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Violin:
Victor Arno, Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Benny Gill, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Duci De Kerenjarto, Bernard Kundell, Magda Lengyel, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Robert Pollack, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Cyril Towbin, Byron Williams

Viola:
Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, C. Ippotte, Morris Lederman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Jack (Jacques) Ray

Cello:
Gregory Banks, Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Armand Kaproff, Irving Lipschultz, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Peter A. Mercurio, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro

Flute:
Arthur Gleghorn

Oboe:
Philip Memoli

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), D. H. McKenney, Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Leon Donfray, Wendell Hoss, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Walter Benson, Nick DiMaio, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

Piano:
Jacob Gimpel, Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Organ:
Chauncey Haines

Guitar:
Jack Marshall

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Drums:
John T. Boudreau, Frank L. Carlson, Harry Neiderman, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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