CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE
It's easy to label something old and enduring as "classic". If it lasts long enough, well and why not? 2 CD set from Screen Archives presents one that earns the title. Original recording of legendary score finally premieres in virtually complete form, in stereo. Massive work highlighted by rousing Spanish theme for Pedro De Vargas (Tyrone Power), rich love theme, stirring "Conquest" theme for Cortez. Well-structured work introduces music for Pedro, works other material at length, finally dwells on "Conquest" - one of composer's most heralded works. As Conquistadores march towards New World, trumpets blare, snares roll, famous tune comes front and center. Newman's score is by turns florid, ravishing, exciting - you name it. In a nutshell, it has few equals. Beautiful packaging, literate notes compliment superb presentation of a bonafide "classic". Bullseye!