Carl Davis'1987 score for the silent MGM Ben Hur has more than sufficient interest to stand on its own merits quite distinct from its cinematic genesis. Proponents of the Late Romantic School especially its German/Austrian variant will find much to admire here. Carl Davis has done a superb job of organizing and developing his fecund array of ideas. With respectful nods to Wagner, R. Strauss, Mahler, Mussorgsky, the ubiquitous Dresden Amen and even Dr. William Axt and David Mendoza (composers of the original score), Davis has fashioned a moving, exciting piece of music in the finest tradition of the symphonic poem. The spacious, lush acoustics of Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool beautifully complement the epic, inspirational orientation of the material. The lavishly illustrated booklet is replete with fascinating anecdotal information recalling the rigors of mounting the massive 1925 production as well as a detailed essay by Davis regarding his compositional decisions. Plaudits to the Carl Davis Collection for restoring to circulation this marvelous 1989 Silva Screen production.