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The Agony and the Ecstasy


Download links and information about The Agony and the Ecstasy by Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This album was released in 1998 and it belongs to Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 40:16 minutes.

Artist: Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Release date: 1998
Genre: Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 12
Duration: 40:16
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No. Title Length
1. Main Title 3:01
2. First Battle 4:09
3. Refuge and Genesis 4:17
4. The Sistine Chapel 4:05
5. Blind 5:17
6. Apostles Sketch 3:34
7. Painting 3:13
8. Festivity 2:18
9. To Battle 2:28
10. Defeat 3:46
11. Julius and End Title 2:42
12. End Cast 1:26



Alex North's best-known period-setting film score is the music he wrote for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus — understandable since that movie was a monster hit — but his music for Carol Reed's The Agony and the Ecstasy may be his finest body of music for a period subject. North worked within the historical framework of the film's story — the battle of wills between Michelangelo Buonarroti and Pope Julius II — composing music that subsumed the musical influences of 15th century Italy within his own style. The result was a brilliantly expressive score that evoked the enveloping passions of the men and the art that they fostered, in a concise and musically dramatic manner. The Varese Sarabande release features a new digital recording of North's music by Jerry Goldsmith conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which assembles the core and essentials of the complete film music in a succinct, 40-minute whole. The playing is superb; the sound sharp, clear, and rich in tone; and the music is extraordinarily powerful on its own terms, free-standing from the film.