Ben Hur; Quo Vadis; Julius Caesar (2CD)
Rózsa was respected by Hollywood and by Carnegie Hall alike, and both halves of his ‘double life’ as a composer were artistically valid and complete unto themselves. Master of the epic, his scores for Ben Hur and Quo Vadis are legendary.
The colourful booklet notes by Raymond Tuttle include fascinating commentary on the background to these recordings as well as the sensitive relationship between Rózsa and Bernard Herrmann.
Also included is the latter’s recording of music from Rózsa’s score for Julius Caesar – one of the first films to be recorded in stereo. The recordings of both Ben Hur and Quo Vadis had limited release on Decca/London and are now more readily available in this new coupling.
National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Julius Caesar (selections)
National Philharmonic Orchestra