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Written almost 100 years ago, The Thief of Bagdad is one of the greatest ever film scores and incredibly, has never been recorded untill l now - FHR are honored to be able to release the first recording of this wonderful score. Recorded in 2019, this recording features one of greatest European orchestras, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, along with conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald who has an unparalleled reputation for performing the very specialized task of accompanying silent films live with orchestra. The score was written by the American composer Mortimer Wilson at the specific request of the film's main star actor Douglas Fairbanks. The Thief of Bagdad is now widely considered one of the great silent films and Fairbanks's greatest work. For the first time, Fairbanks recognized the composer as a creative collaborator from the start in the overall composition of his film (Wilson spent many hours in the projection room working out precise timings for every scene). Wilson was essentially a classical composer. Indeed, you can hear influences of Puccini's aria Vissi d'arte from Tosca, hints of Wagner's Valkyrie, along with moments of Alban Berg, Reger and Tchaikovsky. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance writes, "An epic romantic fantasy-adventure inspired by several of the Arabian Nights tales, The Thief of Bagdad is the greatest artistic triumph of Fairbanks's career. The superb visual design, spectacle, imaginative splendor, and visual effects, along with his bravura performance (leading a cast of literally thousands), all contribute to making this his masterpiece."
Written almost 100 years ago, The Thief of Bagdad is one of the greatest ever film scores and incredibly, has never been recorded untill l now - FHR are honored to be able to release the first recording of this wonderful score. Recorded in 2019, this recording features one of greatest European orchestras, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, along with conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald who has an unparalleled reputation for performing the very specialized task of accompanying silent films live with orchestra. The score was written by the American composer Mortimer Wilson at the specific request of the film's main star actor Douglas Fairbanks. The Thief of Bagdad is now widely considered one of the great silent films and Fairbanks's greatest work. For the first time, Fairbanks recognized the composer as a creative collaborator from the start in the overall composition of his film (Wilson spent many hours in the projection room working out precise timings for every scene). Wilson was essentially a classical composer. Indeed, you can hear influences of Puccini's aria Vissi d'arte from Tosca, hints of Wagner's Valkyrie, along with moments of Alban Berg, Reger and Tchaikovsky. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance writes, "An epic romantic fantasy-adventure inspired by several of the Arabian Nights tales, The Thief of Bagdad is the greatest artistic triumph of Fairbanks's career. The superb visual design, spectacle, imaginative splendor, and visual effects, along with his bravura performance (leading a cast of literally thousands), all contribute to making this his masterpiece."
5060216344126

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Format: CD
Label: FIRST HAND
Rel. Date: 03/18/2022
UPC: 5060216344126

Thief Of Bagdad
Artist: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Format: CD
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1. Prelude (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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2. The Holy Man (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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3. A Street In Bagdad (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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4. Hungar (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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5. The Magic Rope (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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6. The Mosque (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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7. The Thief At Work (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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8. Bird Of Evil (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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9. The Palace At Ho Sho (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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10. Open Wide The Gates! (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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11. Eunuchs (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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12. The Princess Sleeps (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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13. The Bed Chamber (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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14. The Princess Aroused (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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15. Love Bird (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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16. The Prince Of The Indies (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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17. Cham Shang The Great (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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18. Prince Of The Isles (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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19. Hunt Him Down (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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20. Less Than A Slave (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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21. She Shall Choose Again (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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22. The Quest Begins (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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23. A Caravansary In The Desert (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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24. The Mountains Of Dread Adventure (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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25. The Valley Of Fire (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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26. The Flying Carpet (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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27. The Valley Of The Monsters (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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28. The Cavern Of The Enchanted Trees (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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29. The Magic Crystal (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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30. The Depths Of The Midnight Sea (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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31. The Abode Of The Winged Horse (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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32. The Island Of Wak (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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33. The Magic Apple (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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34. The Citadel Of The Moon (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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35. Poisoned (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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36. Which Gift Is Rarest? (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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37. Bide Your Time (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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38. The Magic Army (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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39. Happiness Is Earned (From "The Thief Of Bagdad" [1924]) [Live]
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Written almost 100 years ago, The Thief of Bagdad is one of the greatest ever film scores and incredibly, has never been recorded untill l now - FHR are honored to be able to release the first recording of this wonderful score. Recorded in 2019, this recording features one of greatest European orchestras, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, along with conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald who has an unparalleled reputation for performing the very specialized task of accompanying silent films live with orchestra. The score was written by the American composer Mortimer Wilson at the specific request of the film's main star actor Douglas Fairbanks. The Thief of Bagdad is now widely considered one of the great silent films and Fairbanks's greatest work. For the first time, Fairbanks recognized the composer as a creative collaborator from the start in the overall composition of his film (Wilson spent many hours in the projection room working out precise timings for every scene). Wilson was essentially a classical composer. Indeed, you can hear influences of Puccini's aria Vissi d'arte from Tosca, hints of Wagner's Valkyrie, along with moments of Alban Berg, Reger and Tchaikovsky. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance writes, "An epic romantic fantasy-adventure inspired by several of the Arabian Nights tales, The Thief of Bagdad is the greatest artistic triumph of Fairbanks's career. The superb visual design, spectacle, imaginative splendor, and visual effects, along with his bravura performance (leading a cast of literally thousands), all contribute to making this his masterpiece."
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