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Ben-Hur (1959)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
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Price: $59.95
Limited #: 2000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: February 2012
Catalog #: Vol. 15, No. 1
# of Discs: 5

It has taken over half a century, but Miklós Rózsa’s iconic score for William Wyler’s 1959 epic, Ben-Hur, arrives in complete form at last—and “complete” in the best FSM sense of the word. This 5CD “Complete Soundtrack Collection” includes every film cue, every outtake, every alternate and every additional take preserved by the studio, mastered from the original six-track recordings, augmented by rare material from the Miklós Rózsa collection at Syracuse University. In addition, the set contains all three LP recordings released by MGM Records in conjunction with the film—including the premiere CD release of the rare (and controversial) Lion label disc.

Rózsa’s mammoth and colorfully orchestrated score—over two hours long—is rich in thematic material. Even so, over six hours of music from a single film might be a bit much for continuous listening, so FSM has organized the material into six different programs. Disc 1 and 2 are devoted to the full score (with outtakes); discs 3 and 4 present alternates from Acts One and Two in film order; disc 5 features still more alternates and bonus tracks (including a “do-over” of a Quo Vadis cue first released in FSM’s 15CD Miklós Rózsa Treasury). The three “soundtrack” LPs (all re-recordings made in Europe) make up the first half of discs 3–5.
Befitting its scope, nearly 20,000 words of text accompany this “Monumentum Maximum” edition. About 4,000 of them appear in the 28-page booklet, beautifully designed by FSM art director Joe Sikoryak and featuring track lists, film stills, poster art, album covers and essays on film (by Jeff Bond) and score (by Frank K. DeWald). In order to make the set more affordable, FSM is providing the rest of the notes online—for free. These include a track-by-track analysis of the film score, original LP liner notes and an explication of the various alternates and album versions.
With audio restored, remixed and assembled by Mike Matessino and Neil S. Bulk and with digital mastering by Doug Schwartz (a veteran of Rhino’s distinguished 2CD set from 1996), this stunning release is the capstone of FSM’s commitment (now totaling 40 discs) to this outstanding Golden Age composer.
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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*clears throat*

And once again. Ordered. :D

Lemme at that bad boy! It's mine. Thank you to all who worked on this.

Does anyone know - does SAE bill you when you order, or when they ship the discs?

Does anyone know - does SAE bill you when you order, or when they ship the discs?[/endquote]

Ooo I know! The payment gateway runs a preapproval on your card to verify you have the funds. We capture the funds when it ships.

And take note that this is limited to 2000

Got it :)

Does anyone know - does SAE bill you when you order, or when they ship the discs?[/endquote]

Ooo I know! The payment gateway runs a preapproval on your card to verify you have the funds. We capture the funds when it ships.[/endquote]

it shows up on my account now even tho it wont be credited untill it ships

And take note that this is limited to 2000[/endquote]

Wha ??? 2000 copies?

Crap. That means I'll never get it. No way I can afford this one now, it'd take a few months to save up the $60 ( and really, that is an freaking bargain at that price ). SAE needs a layaway plan :D

Ah well, those who can, order and enjoy !!

I suppose I'll have to live with the Rhino release.

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Track List
Click on each musician name for more credits

Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Israel Baker, Manuel Compinsky, Walter Edelstein, Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, Werner L. Gebauer, James Getzoff, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Louis Kaufman, Bernard Kundell, Mary Laporte, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Betty Stuka Moor, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Sam Ross, Albert Saparoff, Henri Temianka, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Maxine Johnson, Denes Koromzay, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Harriet P. Payne, Jack (Jacques) Ray, Joseph Reilich, Sanford Schonbach

Alexander Borisoff, Stephen DeAk, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Fernand Lhoest, Irving Lipschultz, Michel Penha, Lajos Shuk, Joseph Ullstein

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Peter A. Mercurio, Murray Shapinsky, Arthur Shapiro, Ray Siegel

Arthur Gleghorn, Arthur Hoberman, William Smith

Norman Benno, William Criss, Arnold Koblentz, William Kosinski

Gus Bivona, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Lloyd Hildebrand, Robert Swanson

French Horn:
Huntington Burdick, John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Vincent DeRubertis, Wendell Hoss, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Irving R. Bush, A. A. Harris, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Randall Miller, Richard Noel, George M. Roberts, Herb Taylor

D'Artagnan Liagre

Max Rabinowitsh

Wesley Tourtellotte

Marjorie Call, Lois Adele Craft, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Barbara W. Shik

John T. Boudreau, Frank L. Carlson, Lou Erickson, Preston Lodwick, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

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