Alex North: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Alex North: The Agony and the Ecstasy

by Royal Scottish National Orchestra


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Alex North: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Alex North's best-known period-setting film score is the music he wrote for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus -- understandable since that movie was a monster hit -- but his music for Carol Reed's The Agony and the Ecstasy may be his finest body of music for a period subject. North worked within the historical framework of the film's story -- the battle of wills between Michelangelo Buonarroti and Pope Julius II -- composing music that subsumed the musical influences of 15th century Italy within his own style. The result was a brilliantly expressive score that evoked the enveloping passions of the men and the art that they fostered, in a concise and musically dramatic manner. The Varese Sarabande release features a new digital recording of North's music by Jerry Goldsmith conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which assembles the core and essentials of the complete film music in a succinct, 40-minute whole. The playing is superb; the sound sharp, clear, and rich in tone; and the music is extraordinarily powerful on its own terms, free-standing from the film.

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Release Date: 07/28/1998
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206590128
catalogNumber: 5901

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