Alex North

Cleopatra [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Alex North's epic score to the costly 1963 Elizabeth Taylor epic film receives the royal treatment in this rewarding release, the first time the original soundtrack has been made available on CD. North's score is laden with passages of sheer orchestral brilliance, from the initial overture all the way to the exit music. The sound quality is warm and crisp, remarkable for a score from this period. Some of the dissonances and more modern compositional techniques displayed here may serve to distance the more casual listener, but repeated exposure will remedy any hesitation. This two-CD set grows richer with every listen. With generous liner notes from Robert Townson and Jeff Bond, this release is truly a classic, with much to offer the serious film music lover.

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