Title - 'Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary' (Tadlow)
Artist - Maurice Jarre
This sumptuous new 'Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary' CD release, a world premiere recording for the first time re: the complete 77 minute Oscar-winning score from the David Lean classic (with music by Maurice Jarre) is a pure delight to musical behold.
Performed by the acclaimed and Award-Winning City of Prague
Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Nic Raine, it features a 104 Piece Orchestra that includes 3 Ondes Martenots, Cithare, 2 Grand
Pianos, 2 Harps, 60 Strings, and 11 Percussionists. All coming together in perfect harmony, this truly is the way the musical shifting sands should have always sounded.
Recorded from the original 1962 orchestrations by Gerard Schurmann, this new score preparation was supervised by Leigh Phillips. And, for all those wanting a little bit more history, it comes with a 16 page booklet with track-by-track informative and expert notes by film historian and author Frank K. DeWald.
The pounding of old cinematic upright big bass drums leads us rousingly into 'Overture,' an old school-styled sweeping cut that includes the beautiful musical waves of sound that have become instantly recognizable to the film for its viewers. That is followed by the pounding-one-minute, light-and-bouncy the next 'Main Titles,' 'First Entrance to the Desert' (which again contains snippets from the uber famous known-theme to the film), the playful 'Night and Stars / Lawrence and Tafas,' and then both 'Lawrence rides Alone / Exodus' and the haunting 'We Need a Miracle.'
The emphatic 'In Whose Name Do You Ride? / That is the Desert (The Camels Will Die' is next, with the dramatic 'Mirage / The Sun's Anvil' following neatly along behind. The quieter 'Gasim Lost in the Desert' is next, with 'Lawrence Rescues Gasim / Lawrence Returns with Gasim / The Riding' a six minute wonderment of cinematic score.
Up next is the quick, yet joyous 'Arrival at Auda's Camp,' which is followed by the Arabic sway of 'Bedouin Feast / On to Akaba / Attack on Akaba / Lawrence at the Sea Shore,' and then the gradually-building 'Sinai Desert / After Quicksands / Hutments / Suez Canal,' the trumpet bounce of 'A Brilliant Bit of Soldiering - The Voice of the Guns (Kenneth J. Alford),' the euphoric 'Bugle Call / Lawrence on the Terrace / Intermission,' before 'Adulation / The Horse Stampede / Faraj Killed.'
The big, sumptuous, sweeping sounds continue onwards with the darker 'Ali Rescues Lawrence / Allenby's Flattery,' 'Assembled Army / Lawrence and His Bodyguard / Arab Theme,' before coming an exotic orchestral close with both 'Military March' and 'The End / Play-Off Music.'