Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Agony And The Ecstacy Movie Suite

The Agony And The Ecstacy Suite
Music by Alex North

Many of the motion pictures from Hollywood's golden age offer us an opportunity to experience the original masters as they experimented with their craft.  This is our first movie suite from Alex North who is best known for his work on Cleopatra and Dragonslayer, but many believe that his work on The Agony and The Ecstacy has been overlooked.  From the first sounds of the horns as they reverberate across the soundstage to the understated flutes that signify a burgening artist, we are reminded that this is a majestic undertaking.  After all, scoring the events of the painting of the Sistine Chapel must have caused Mr. North considerable concern.  He rose above his personal issues though and we are delivered a work that reaches beyond the ages. With a timing of 24:28, this slowly builds to a fitting climax. This may be one that you'll pass on, but after listening, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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