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 Posted:   Sep 7, 2020 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



MUSSOLINI: THE UNTOLD STORY
Music Composed and Conducted by LAURENCE ROSENTHAL
INTRADA ISC 457

Intrada revisits an '80s miniseries score from the pen of veteran film composer Laurence Rosenthal, Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985). In the '80s, Rosenthal scored many historical epics, with Mussolini coming in between George Washington (1984) and Peter the Great (1986). These miniseries gave Rosenthal wide, opulent opportunities for which to score large-scale, extensive works. In the case of Mussolini, Rosenthal composed a score that reflected the rise of the dictator, from a thrilling, almost heroic theme for his rise to power, romantic music for his passionate romance with his mistress, a playful theme for his family and exciting action music. Running nearly two hours, the score to Mussolini is epic in every sense.

For this reissue, Intrada revisited the session masters and rebuilt and remastered the original 2-CD program, resulting in a superior listening experience to the original 2020 release and includes updated packaging.

The miniseries features a view into the private life of Benito Mussolini (George C. Scott), combining the grand spectacle of his public facing persona with a more intimate look at his behind the scenes relationships with friends and family. Running 7 hours, the miniseries aired starting Nov 24th, 1985.

INTRADA ISC 457
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Retail Price: $29.99
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For track listing and sound samples, please visit http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.12258/.f

CD 1
01. Main Title (3:14)
02. Home To Milan (1:06)
03. Villa Torlonia (1:28)
04. Barone Russo (0:48)
05. The New Office/The Squadristi (3:12)
06. Matteotti Murdered (0:53)
07. In The Mirror (1:04)
08. Assassination Attempt/The Caesars (3:11)
09. Tree Climbing (1:22)
10. Edda Rebels/Astia Road (2:00)
11. Edda’s Boyfriend (1:02)
12. Music In The Park (1:42)
13. Bicycles (1:23)
14. The Betrothal (1:58)
15. Edda’s Fear/Sharing Secrets (2:17)
16. Off To Capri/Bruno And Papa (4:31)
17. Veteran’s Day Fanfare/“Giovanezza” (0:54)
18. The Red Roadster (0:58)
19. Claretta (2:02)
20. Training Montage (1:40)
21. Dockside Band (2:33)
22. Flower Shower/Bruno And Gino (3:10)
23. Chat By The Window (1:19)
24. At The Opera (2:10)
25. Benito And Claretta (0:57)
26. Bruno Crashes (2:24)
27. Bruno’s Funeral (6:08)
28. End Credits: Shows 1 & 2 (1:31)
CD 1 Time: 58:43

CD 2
01. Il Duce/Bruno’s Baby (2:26)
02. Welcome To Berlin (0:51)
03. On The Beach (2:12)
04. Royal Palace (0:45)
05. Rachele Weeps (1:35)
06. FDR Speaks (1:04)
07. Edda Embarks (2:27)
08. Claretta’s Villa/Edda Returns (1:31)
09. Field Of The Dead (3:58)
10. Vittorio And Mama/Bombs At Night (2:27)
11. Bonfires (1:55)
12. Family Farewell (2:03)
13. Lion’s Den (2:30)
14. Operation Rescue (3:44)
15. Return To Italy (4:33)
16. Glass Of Water (1:16)
17. Blood For Blood (2:50)
18. The Last Embrace (2:49)
19. Firing Squad (2:16)
20. Edda And The Children (1:33)
21. The Refuge (0:44)
22. “It’s Over, Piccola” (1:40)
23. Rachele’s Grief (1:04)
24. Benito’s Letter (1:53)
25. Claretta Returns (1:25)
26. Last Supper/Milan (6:00)
CD 2 Time: 59:20

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2020 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

High-five, Benito!

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2020 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Coincidence: Learned today that Sophia Loren's sister was married to Mussolini's son. So Mussolini's granddaughter is Sophia Loren's niece. Did everyone but me know that already? Anyway, I'm ordering the new soundtrack release!

Update: I see SAE is charging $8.40 for local shipping of this CD alone. So I've ordered from Intrada who charged me $5.75 TOTAL shipping for an order of BOTH the Mussolini 2CD and the Addison 2CD Swashbuckler set. Seems the sensible way to go.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2020 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Just wondering if anyone is seeing the same delay at the Oakland,CA. receiving station where Intrada drops off their packages.
Two days ago they received the package, but still acceptance by them is pending. Yes,I know the USPS has a new head boss. No comment. I don't want to get political here. I'll save that for Facebook.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2020 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Looks like the "log jam" at the Oakland,CA. post office has been fixed. Everything is back on track for a First Class package.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2020 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Wonder how the sales are going. Not alot of folks who requested a re-release have chimed in here.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2020 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Bless you INTRADA!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2020 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Slackattack   (Member)

I am still pretty new to film scores (comparatively speaking!), and have a ton of discovery and exploration to do. Until the beginning of this year I'd never heard any of Laurence Rosenthal's music before, but Intrada's release of The Power and The Glory really blew me away. What an incredible score!

After doing a little research and learning of all the releases I had missed (pretty surreal going through posts here from 10 years ago where people were concerned about missing out on a score because they might all sell out before getting home from work), I picked up an absolute ton of Rosenthal scores -- all gems. Can't recommend his music enough to ANYONE with an interest in film scores or orchestral music in general. The Island Of Dr. Moreau, The Miracle Worker, The Comedians, Becket, Rashomon, Peter The Great, Rooster Cogburn, Anastasia, Meteor... they're all incredible.

I even spent big $$$ on some of the overpriced OOP releases from second hand marketplaces on Amazon -- the old leftovers of what once was the speculator market I suppose. Who'll Stop The Rain (another GREAT score), A Place In The Sun (about as accomplished a score as I've ever heard) and Return of A Man Called Horse (INCREDIBLE music) in particular put my finances back quite a bit... a decision that has in retrospect with the past couple of months really made my life a little bit more difficult.

I guess all this preamble is just some context to help put into perspective just how thankful I am to Intrada for reissuing this score. The music is just wonderful -- and if it weren't for this re-release, I definitely never would have had the chance to listen to and appreciate it. Everybody reading this should, if they can, consider picking up this score.

I'm sure I'm not the only around here with a similar story. There were so many great releases back in the 90s, 2000s and early 2010s of older scores that I didn't even get a chance at because i was still a kid and didn't even realize film scores existed. Huge shoutouts to Intrada (never would have discovered the wonderful music of Jerry Fielding if it weren't for their reissues of Lawman and Chato's Land), La La Land, Quartet, Varese, Counterpoint, Kritzerland, (whose countless remastered rereleases have introduced me to composers whose music I never would have had the chance to listen to otherwise -- Leigh Harline and Michael Small in particular), and all the other labels that are not at the top of my head. It's thanks to their work on releases and re-releases that I'm only now going back into what's left of the FSM catalogue and discovering so many more incredible scores. Also huge shoutouts to FSM for keeping so many of their obscure (but incredible) releases in stock after all these years -- but that's a subject for a different post.

I know these reissues might not sell well (heck there are only 6 responses here?? What the heck why isn't anyone talking about this? Is Laurence Rosenthal old news or something?), but they're still really important. I can only imagine the number of people in the coming years who will be in the same shoes I am now: discovering their love for film music; but forced to choose between omitting a score from their collection, or spending half of that month's paycheck for the chance to listen to something incredible.

I know the limited run model is pretty much the only reason a lot of the labels we all love still exist today; but it's important to remember that while they profit off our purchases, the work they do holds a lot of preservation value, and ensures that music that might otherwise have been lost to the ages is instead accessible to a lot of people who never might have heard or heard of it otherwise.

That's why reissues like these are so important -- you never know when the next quiet filmmaker or composer will twenty years from now say that Rosenthal's Mussolini inspired them to make something incredible; but the fact that it could happen at all is thanks to the labels and the people behind them who put their work and passion into making a niche (?) aspect of our popular culture and modern human experience easily accessible to anyone who might not have had a chance at it otherwise.

So if you enjoy film music and have $30 to spare, consider picking up this score. Or any score, for that matter. The labels are still putting out wonderful new releases every few weeks despite the incredible stresses and hardships of these past few months. Incredible. But I'd recommend you pick up this one -- it'll move you like any good Rosenthal score will, and the fact that it even exists is worth celebrating.

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Fantastic post, sir! I was into film music in the late 90s, 2000s, and 2010s, but I still have some things I missed from earlier eras (such as Rosenthal’s The Bourne Identity which I think Intrada put out in the late 80s or very early 90s. That’s one of theirs I hope they can revisit and perhaps expand.

I completely agree about the need to support our beloved labels as much as we can during these difficult times... I suggest you should consider spending less on expensive OOP releases (which supports speculators, not the labels...and things might get reissued like this and save you money) and pick up a bunch of older FSM releases instead. They are/were my favorite label and I have all their releases barring a couple dozen, and never regretted a single purchase. There are probably also great older releases from Kritzerland and other labels still in stock too...

But I also understand how it is to discover a new composer and want everything of theirs. smile

By the way I think you meant Raisin in the Sun (one of my favorite Rosenthals) which was paired with Requiem for a Heavyweight (also superb), not A Place in the Sun, which is an Oscar winning Franz Waxman score that Kritzerland released.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2020 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   Slackattack   (Member)

By the way I think you meant Raisin in the Sun (one of my favorite Rosenthals) which was paired with Requiem for a Heavyweight (also superb), not A Place in the Sun, which is an Oscar winning Franz Waxman score that Kritzerland released.

Holy cow you're totally right boss -- Raisin in the Sun. It's beautiful and dramatic music, really exemplifies some of the best of what film music can do. Highly recommend anyone reading this checks it out if they haven't already!

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2020 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Riddick   (Member)

Rosenthal is great composer and this new edition was an instant buy for me. I have collected many Rosenthal scores and I like them all.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2020 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Daddy Lime   (Member)

Yes!! so glad to finally get this...it's spectacular.
Hoping for a re-release of Raisin In The Sun as well!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2020 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Now listening to Mussolini's "Satanik," as I do every Halloween season!

 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2020 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Here is one of Rosenthal's first scores, for this 1955 "informational" feature:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbHu5b2cawc

 
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