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The Ten Commandments – 6 CD Box Set

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Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments
Elmer Bernstein, 1956
Intrada 7147

CD 1 – Part 1

    1. Introduction (1:37)
    2. Prelude – Part 1/Prelude – Part 2 (5:44)
    3. Slaughter Of The Newborn/In The Bulrushes/Bithia’s Bathing Float (3:46)
    4. Moses (Long Version) (0:41)
    5. Nefretiri/Fanfares/Return Of The Conqueror/Drums And Percussion/Fanfare (1:40)
    6. Ethiopians/Drums (0:45)
    7. Fanfare/Moses And Nefretiri/New City Underway (4:00)
    8. The Advancing Keystone/Mercy And A Tomb Of Rock (3:26)
    9. Temple Grain (Final Film Version) (1:13)
    10. Hounds And Jackals (2:42)
    11. Moses The Builder – Part 1/Fanfare/Moses The Builder – Part 2 (1:52)
    12. Obelisk (0:20)
    13. The Glory Of Goshen (2:33)
    14. Harp For Nefretiri (1:05)
    15. Memnet’s Murder (2:15)
    16. The Brick Pits (2:12)
    17. Death In The Brick Pits (4:01)
    18. Intro To Royal Barge/The Royal Barge (3:18)
    19. The Die Is Cast – Part 1/The Die Is Cast – Part 2 (5:23)
    20. Court Dance (2:47)
    21. Take Him Away (2:16)
    22. Drums/The Dungeon (2:30)
    23. Dathan’s Garden (1:14)
    24. Lilia’s Harp/Dathan Bribes Lilia (1:23)
    25. Egyptian Border/Moses Crosses Desert (5:33)

Total Time: 64:49

CD 2 – Part 2

    1. Song For Jethro’s Daughters (0:35)
    2. Defending The Well (0:52)
    3. Mountain Of God (3:30)
    4. Jethro’s Daughters’ Dance (1:33)
    5. Moses Chooses Sephora (3:23)
    6. Sethi’s Death Chant/Royal Falcon (3:02)
    7. Burning Bush (1:39)
    8. Organ (I Am That I Am) (2:26)
    9. Word Of God (End Act 1) (2:17)
    10. Overture – Act 2 (Part A)/Overture – Act 2 (Part B) (2:16)
    11. The Power Of God – Part 1/The Power Of God – Part 2 (4:08)
    12. Well Of Strangers/Royal Barge (Revised) (2:23)
    13. Joshua And Lilia/The Shrine Of The River Gods (1:49)
    14. The Red River (1:28)
    15. God Of Slaves (1:51)
    16. Lilia’s Song/Lilia’s Song (Harp Chord) (0:27)
    17. Pestilence (1:00)
    18. Shadow Of Death (1:16)
    19. The Dying Boy (3:02)
    20. Lord Of The Underworld (2:21)
    21. Shofars/Exodus – Part 1/Dathan’s House/Nubian Drums/Exodus – Part 2 (7:31)
    22. Fanfare (Alternate No. 1) (0:15)
    23. Fanfare (Alternate No. 2) (0:16)
    24. Fanfare (0:10)
    25. Exodus – Part 3 (3:10)
    26. Death Gongs (0:28)
    27. A Hardened Heart/Fanfare/Chariot Assembly/Ready For Battle Fanfares (2:39)
    28. Mission Of Vengeance (0:59)
    29. Shofars & Fanfares (0:37)
    30. Pillar Of Fire/The Red Sea – Parts 1, 2 & 3 (7:40)
    31. The Red Sea – Part 4 (0:59)

Total Time: 66:45

CD 3 – Part 3

    1. Mount Sinai (0:35)
    2. Spoils Of Egypt/Idolators (Bacchanali)/Forming Of Golden Idol (0:49)
    3. The Finger Of God/Golden Idol/Idol Sacrifice/Idolators (Bacchanali)/Bacchanal/Shofar (8:46)
    4. The Lord’s Side/End Title (3:46)
    5. Exit Music – Part 1/Exit Music – Part 2 (5:16)

Time: 19:19
Total Score Time: 2:30:53

CD 3 The Extras – Alternates And Unused Cues

    1. Moses (Alternate) (0:23)
    2. Moses And Nefretiri (Alternate)/New City Underway (Alternate) (3:55)
    3. Temple Grain (Alternate) (1:12)
    4. Memnet’s Murder (Alternate) (3:22)
    5. Memnet’s Murder (Revised) (2:16)
    6. The Royal Barge (Alternate) (3:23)
    7. Court Dance (Alternate) (2:22)
    8. Baccha’s Garden No. 1 (2:16)
    9. Baccha’s Garden No. 2 (2:15)
    10. Baccha’s Garden No. 3 (2:01)
    11. Song For Jethro’s Daughters (Alternate) (0:31)
    12. Defending The Well (Alternate – Long) (2:17)
    13. Jethro’s Daughters’ Dance (Alternate) (1:57)
    14. Exodus – Part 3 (Short Version) (1:37)
    15. Shofars & Fanfares (Alternates) (0:56)
    16. Exit Music – Part 2 (Alternate) (1:45)

Alternates and Unused Cues Time: 32:54

Additional Cues

    1. The Red Sea – Part 3/Song Of Joseph (Film Edit) (2:00)
    2. The Red Sea – Part 4 (Early Version) (1:34)
    3. Exodus (Early Version) (3:12)
    4. The Lord’s Side (Brass) (0:15)
    5. The Royal Barge (Short Source Alternate) (0:16)
    6. Tiple (Wild) (0:31)
    7. Drums No. 1 (Wild) (0:26)
    8. Drums No. 2 (Wild) (0:30)
    9. The Finger Of God – Part 1 (Early Version) (0:37)
    10. Trailer No. 1 (0:57)
    11. Trailer No. 2 (0:30)

Additional Cues Time: 11:01

Elmer Bernstein’s Original Piano Theme Demos

    1. Theme Of Egypt/Nefretiri’s Theme/Bithia’s Theme/Hebrew Theme/
      Theme Of Moses/Possible Short Identifying Themes For Moses/
      Sephora-Bedouin Theme/Song Of Joseph – Exodus Anthem/
      Joshua-Lilia Love Theme/Joshua-Lilia Love Theme In A Major Key/
      Theme Of God/Theme Of Evil (12:36)

Extras Total: 54:40
Total Time: 76:01

Cecil B. Demille’s “The Ten Commandments”
(Original 1957 Dot Soundtrack Album (Mono) composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein

    1. Prelude (5:43)
    2. In The Bulrushes (3:23)
    3. The Bitter Life (2:09)
    4. Love And Ambition (3:53)
    5. The Hard Bondage (2:12)
    6. Egyptian Dance (2:47)
    7. The Crucible Of God (3:15)
    8. And Moses Watered Jethro’s Flock (2:17)
    9. Bedouin Dance (1:57)
    10. I Am That I Am (3:52)
    11. Overture (2:13)
    12. Thus Says The Lord (3:45)
    13. The Plagues (2:11)
    14. The Exodus (6:40)
    15. The Pillar Of Fire (2:45)
    16. The Red Sea (2:35)
    17. The Ten Commandments (5:22)
    18. Go, Proclaim Liberty! (3:20)

Total Time: 60:44

Cecil B. Demille’s “The Ten Commandments”
(Original 1960 Dot Soundtrack Album (stereo) composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein

    1. Prelude (5:07)
    2. In The Bulrushes (4:01)
    3. The Bitter Life (2:05)
    4. Love And Ambition (4:03)
    5. The Hard Bondage (2:03)
    6. Egyptian Dance (2:52)
    7. The Crucible Of God (3:07)
    8. And Moses Watered Jethro’s Flock (2:13)
    9. Bedouin Dance (1:56)
    10. I Am That I Am (3:13)
    11. Overture (2:06)
    12. Thus Says The Lord (3:39)
    13. The Plagues (2:51)
    14. The Exodus (6:00)
    15. The Pillar Of Fire (2:45)
    16. The Red Sea (2:30)
    17. The Ten Commandments (5:40)
    18. Go, Proclaim Liberty! (3:20)

CD Total Time: 59:56

Cecil B. Demille’s “The Ten Commandments”
Original 1966 United Artists Re-Recorded Album (stereo) composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein

    1. Overture Act I (4:15)
    2. Nefretiri (2:36)
    3. Court Dance (3:03)
    4. Sephora (2:10)
    5. The Burning Bush (3:44)
    6. Overture Act II (2:06)
    7. The Exodus (3:04)
    8. Dance Of Jethro’s Daughters (2:02)
    9. The Red Sea (2:36)
    10. Finale (3:29)

CD Total Time: 29:14

Elmer Bernstein’s memorable and momentous masterpiece for Cecil B. Demille’s epic blockbuster, “The Ten Commandments,” can finally be experienced in its entirety, intact and uncut and expertly restored in this 6-CD release by Intrada.

It took several years and the work and contributions of more than several studios and production companies to realize this epic release that includes a number of sequences edited from the finished film, along with a truly rare discovery just recently unearthed: a 12-minute piano demo of Bernstein introducing and playing his major themes for DeMille at the start of the scoring process. Additional bonus material includes 40 minutes of never-before-heard alternates and unused music, and even trailer cues.

For the film-score purist, the fourth and fifth CDs each present the original one-hour soundtrack as released by Dot Records: the first in mono in 1957, and the second release in 1960 to meet the growing demand for a stereo version. The latter was conducted by Bernstein himself in order to maintain as much consistency to the original as possible.

The final CD presents the premiere of the 1966 United Artists stereo album recorded by Bernstein and featuring new arrangements by his long-time orchestrators Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes.

This impressive package is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 60-page booklet designed by Joe Sikoryak and includes color reproductions of various album cover designs, production and scoring-session notes by Frank K. DeWald, and even musician rosters, cue assemblies and pre-production artwork.

For more information, listen to select track excerpts, and to purchase, please visit the Intrada website.

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