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 Posted:   Jun 17, 2014 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

End of June Saimel will release Renzo Rossellini's score for the peplum movie LE LEGIONI DI CLEOPATRA from 1959 for thie first time ever on CD. The CD has a duration of more than 70 minutes and has been only possible thanks to the master tapes in mono which have been preserved in the Sugar Music archives. In fact, this is the first time ever that any original film music by this first-rate and nowadays vastly underrated composer has been made officially available.
Renzo Rossellini was one of the pioneers of Italian film music and is probably best known for his long-time collaboration with his brother Roberto on many neorealist films. But he also scored some peplums of which LEGIONI DI CLEOPATRA was his last one and one of his finest in 1959.
The movie by Vittorio Cottafavi stars Linda Cristal as Cleopatra, Georges Marchal as Antony and Ettore Manni as Roman officer Curridio and deals with the famous romance of Antony and Cleopatra, but this time told from a quite different point of view than usual.
Rossellini's score is simply magnificent: lush, passionate and operatic, but it can also be intimate and delicate with exquisite use of woodwind soli for the romantic night scenes.
I myself am more than happy that this music will now get its world premiere on CD after 55 years.

Here is the cover:


And you can find the tracklisting here:
http://www.rosebudbandasonora.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=18690&osCsid=fd5d63f4d3c2677973a1828b72fce847

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Very Nice enjoyed the samples especially the first track.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

It shall be in my basket soon

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

Thanks.
In the coming days we will be adding new samples so you can hear.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Great! Some of my favorite Peplums are from these relatively unknown older composers that were only active in the 50s.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   finder4545   (Member)

Renzo Rossellini made top-quality film music for the golden and silver age Italian cinema, and just some months ago I asked to my friend disc-curator for some release, following my strong interest in this first rate composer. I was told nothing existed, so this disc is a welcome surprise. A complete soundtrack LP album of Rossellini was the Cam VANINA VANINI, of historical background, and maybe Sugar still retains the tapes, along with other interesting titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Finder 4545, many thanks for your comments. I couldn't agree more with you as to what you write about Rossellini. He was a first rate Golden Age composer and it is a shame that so much of his music has been totally forgotten today. At least we now get his CLEOPATRA score on CD so that people can rediscover his music.
I absolutely love his score for the 1961 movie VANINA VANINI and have the old CAM LP myself. This is an exquisite full-blooded romantic and passionate score which for me is even on a par with some of Rozsa's music from the 50s. Unfortunately, this score isn't in the CAM catalogue anymore and this for a very long time. Therefore Sugar hasn't any tapes anymore for this score. Of course, CAM had released the music on one of their LPs - it was their second one in 1961 -, but they were not the music publisher and rights owner. This is the big problem. The rights now belong to Universal Music Publishing and so certainly nothing has survived because CAM didn't keep the tapes during the 60s. This is a very sad case, but I can't tell you much more about it and there is not much hope that we will ever see an official CD of this music. Just keep the LP if you have it.
In 1960 there was also a top-rare RCA LP of Rossellini's score for VIVA L'ITALIA (the Garibaldi movie by Roberto Rossellini). This score was later on indeed in the CAM catalogue and Sugar even has the rights for it, but it has not survived the times - maybe also because of the jumble between RCA and CAM in the early 1960s and that tapes used for the LP then came not baclk from RCA to CAM as they should have - and they don't have the tapes for this Rossellini music anymore.
Anyway, Sugar still has a few other scores by Rossellini from the late 50s and maybe Saimel can also release them in the near future.
By the way, the last Rossellini score from 1965, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, should also still exist in the RCA archives as one or two tracks could be found on those BMG library CDs in their "BPM Score Music" series a few years ago.

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 1:37 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Unfortunately it's not listed for pre-order yet at SAE.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

Basil Wrathbone, in the next days it will be for pre-order at:

- U.S.A.:
Screen Archives Entertainment
http://www.screenarchives.com/

- Italy:
Intermezzo Media
http://www.intermezzomedia.com/

- Japan:
Ark Soundtrack Square
http://www.arksquare.net/

- Germany
Chris Soundtrack Corner
http://www.soundtrackcorner.de/

- Spain
Rosebud Tienda de Cine
http://www.rosebudbandasonora.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=18690

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   petruccio   (Member)

Ohhhhh. Spectacular Peplum and score. I love the music of peplum. It's fantastic the work of Saimel because this is the first official edition in CD of the great Renzo Rossellini.
The music is spectacular with themes of war, dances, love theme and palace music. It's a score with influences of clasdics composers suchs as Miklós Rózsa and Aldred Newman.
It's a indispensable edition.
I hope with anxiety my disc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I'll definitely be getting this!

I get all the peplum scores I can find.

I saw a lot of these films at multiple Saturday matinees of my (no doubt misspent) youth.

Ah well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Unfortunately it's not listed for pre-order yet at SAE.

Now the CD is listed for pre-order at SAE:
http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27361/LE-LEGIONI-DI-CLEOPATRA/

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)


The music is spectacular with themes of war, dances, love theme and palace music. It's a score with influences of clasdics composers suchs as Miklós Rózsa and Aldred Newman.
It's a indispensable edition.


Well with Rozsa and Newman you just said the two magic words to get ME interested!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2014 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

A new sample of Renzo Rossellini's music for Le Legioni di Cleopatra: "Cleopatra in Her Chariot"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-68v8icKvLk&feature=youtu.be

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

had missed this thread but saw the pre-order listing on SAE. Sounds interesting, bumping up for Peplum fans. Site says it's limited but doesnt say the quantity.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2014 - 11:23 PM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

had missed this thread but saw the pre-order listing on SAE. Sounds interesting, bumping up for Peplum fans. Site says it's limited but doesnt say the quantity.

It's a limited edition of 500 copies.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2014 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

CD available now.
From tomorrow will be avaiblable in stores.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

In the next days you will receive this soundtrack at home.
We will like to know about your opinion of this edition.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I imagine pre-ordering thru other stores will take alittle longer ?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   misterkane   (Member)

We hope it will not take long to reach you the CD.
Even later this week some fans already receive.

 
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