Herrmann's main love theme for The Egyptian"Nefer-Nefer-Nefer", must rank as one of the most beautiful cues he ever wrote; its seven minute length allowed the composer more room than usual to develop his material, a chance rarely given to composers nowadays. The high-register oboe melody, later taken up by the strings, offers far more insight into the story Cook Of The House - Wings - Last Flight Michael Curtiz's long-forgotten movie did.
H errmann's livelier material is just as good: "The Chariot Race" and "Pursuit" are two highlights, both offering up the kind of orchestral violence for which the composer was so renowned.
Its harsh brutality is unlike anything composers write for film these days and Herrmann writing in such a style is always a real treat. The music by Newman is just as strong and some of the cues credited to Herrmann are actually based around sketches by Newman.
His cue "Hymn to Aton" continues this tradition; this dates from before Christ, but the music is unmistakable Newman. The Egyptian represents two composers at the peak of their powers, and is surely an essential purchase for all fans of the genre. The sheer quality of the music speaks for itself. Nevertheless, this is a fine release from Marco Polo, and comes highly recommended.
For those who prefer original tracks in all cases, then Film Score Monthly released those a few years later, and copies are still available at their website; and The Egyptian is one of a number of Marco Polo's film music recordings which has since seen a budget re-release by Naxos. At any price, it's wonderful; at a low one, it's plain unmissable. The Thin Wall - Ultravox - The Thin Wall this CD from amazon.
Don't bother me again. This collaboration came about after Newman realised Death Of Akhnaton - Herrmann* & Newman* - Their Classic Film Score For The Egyptian time pressures on him were too great to enable him to write the score all by himself; Darryl Zanuck, studio chief at Fox, wanted Franz Waxman to assist Newman, but his music chief held out for Herrmann. It's unlikely that Herrmann would have said yes to working with anyone else - but his respect and admiration for Newman is legendary.
The two composers generally have vastly differing styles, so it is something of a miracle that the score is as coherent as it is. Stromberg, presents the score strictly in film order; most of the early action music is by Herrmann, with Newman unsurprisingly concentrating on the mystical and theological aspects of the story towards the end.
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