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Land of the Pharaohs


Land of the Pharaohs (1955) featured Jack Hawkins as the ‘living god’ Khufu preparing his vast treasures for his ‘afterlife’, and 22-year-old Joan Collins as a cunning and treacherous princess who desires the treasure for herself. Directed by Howard Hawks and filmed in Egypt with widescreen pageantry, this ancient ‘soap opera of palace intrigue’ is memorable for its spectacular scenes of pyramid building and the epic Tiomkin score. The soundtrack is exotic, lush, and majestic, and features an 80-voice chorus directed by the choral director and arranger Jester Hairston, whose association with Tiomkin began with Lost Horizon (1937). While working on the music in Rome, Tiomkin had a chance meeting with the exiled Egyptian King Farouk, who asked to see scenes from the movie. Tiomkin declined, knowing Land of the Pharaohs was being filmed with assistance from Egyptian strongman Gamal Abdel Nasser, who helped overthrow Farouk in 1952. The vocal theme is arranged by Daniel Chan.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011


Tiomkin: The greatest film scores
Studio Master: LSO0720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Extract: Theme and Pharaoh's procession

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 14

Extract: Theme and Pharaoh's procession
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: August 2012
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