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Greatest Story Ever Told Import
|1. Jesus Of Nazareth|
|2. A Prophecy|
|3. A Voice In The Wilderness|
|4. Come Unto Me|
|5. The Great Journey|
|6. A Time Of Wonders|
See all 11 tracks on this disc
|1. Overture-Main Title|
|2. And The World Was God/Trumpets Announce The Dawn/The Three Magi|
|3. The Nativity/The Infant Massacre|
|4. Flight Into Egypt|
|5. Ophel Quarters|
See all 16 tracks on this disc
|2. Judas And Caiaphas/Judas Leaves Caiaphas|
|3. Garden Of Gethsemane/Aram, The First Witness|
|4. I Am the Son Of God/Jesus Before Pilate/Crown Of Thorns|
|5. Via Dolorosa|
|6. Resurrection And Ascension|
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Soundtracks to the life and death of Christ have always been a mixed bag, but Alfred Newman had at least set the dramatic parameters by composing music for previous Biblical films. This is among Newman's last underscores, which he wrote under ailing health and much production pressure. Like its subject, it is grand, somber, ceremonial, but at times so epic that it is off-putting. The sheer size of this carefully assembled collection--three discs--can also make it dull to listeners who are anything but ardent film-music scholars or rigid fetishists. Not much loud fanfare here; instead a more gentle adoration. It is a classically Hollywood string sweep with flutes and harps as well as a noticeable nod to Samuel Barber's "Adagio" on the "Jesus of Nazareth" theme. --Joseph Lanza
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After almost forty years, Alfred Newman's masterwork retains all of its beauty and majesty. I think it is possibly the finest music the movies have ever produced.
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However, I was pursuaded by the review below to try this set anyway, and OH MY GOD! It's worth EVERY PENNY! It contains not only the originally released soundtrack (the afore-mentioned re-recording) in glorious stereophonic sound, but two (TWO!) discs containing the original movie soundtrack cuts never ever heard before (as far as I know). These were apparently saved by famous Hollywood choral director Ken Darby (a long-time associate and friend of Alfred Newman) and God bless him for it!.
The tracks have been lovingly rearranged in a symphonic segue in brilliant stereo sound.
This collection gives a great insight in the original intention of Newman as the tracks flow flawlessly one into another to create an amazing musical tapestry of introspection and quiet grandeur, far more a unity than in the original release. That this quiet power comes off so clearly is even more remarkable considering the movie itself (in my opinion) is gargantuan and patchy at best. Newman's score (by far the best part of it) is in complete and utter juxtaposition to it.
(Collector's note: compare this score to Miklos Rozsa's 'King Of Kings' -unfortunately not (yet?) available through Amazon- for a completely different, musical as well as spiritual, take on Jesus)
A lovely last surprise: this set is a multimedia project: it even contains the original movie trailer! If this isn't getting your money's worth, I don't know what is.
Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
I don`t know if the movie is still "being show on tv circuits" nowadays. The film soundtrack however unfortunately is no longer available, only in certain antique shops perhaps. What fascinates me here is the breathtaking way the composer illustrates each scene so brilliantly. As if one could actually see what happens on the screen. Close your eyes, listen to the sound and you actually can "see" "THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD"
A masterpiece by Alfred Newman
the music soundtrack was beatiful and so expressive, with a
classical feel. Having seen it again, during this year's Easter
season, I bought the 3-CD set from Amazon, and once again was moved and thrilled by it.