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Sony Classical Releases Ben-Hur Score Featuring Music By Marco Beltrami

Sony Classical Releases Ben-Hur Score Featuring Music By Marco Beltrami

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Ben-Hur (Original Motion Picture Score), featuring the original score written by Academy Award nominee Marco Beltrami. The soundtrack will be available digitally on August 5 and on CD on August 12. The upcoming epic action adventure Ben-Hur, from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will arrive in theatres nationwide on Friday, August 19.

Marco Beltrami is best known for finding a unique approach to scoring in each of his films. For the film Scream, he threw away conventional horror music clichés and instead called upon his concert music roots to explore a new sonic landscape. For The Homesman Beltrami constructed his own instruments that would meld the archaic and new. The creations were as tiny as a refitted lap steel guitar to giant, cross-ranch cables that could pick up wind and translate it into a haunting glow. Subsequently, his resume has expanded to include films ranging from epic drama to dark comedy. Beltrami has been nominated twice for Academy Awards® for Best Score (3:10 to Yuma (2007) and The Hurt Locker (2008)).

About his work on Ben-Hur, Beltrami says: “One of the fun things about working on Ben Hur was that I took ancient Greek and Roman instruments such as lyres, aulos, citira, tartold, and salpinx and processed them electronically to give the score a modern feel. We also had a traditional orchestra to give the score some scope, so overall it provides a unique emotional undercurrent to the story!"

Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman.

Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers.

Opening nationwide August 19, 2016. Ben-Hur, is a presentation of Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Rated PG-13.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit

Track List:
1. Ben-Hur Theme
2. Jerusalem 33 A.D. / Sibling Rivalry
3. Carrying Judah
4. Mother's Favorite
5. Messala Leaves Home
6. Dear Messala
7. Messala Returns
8. Speaking of Zealots
9. Messala and Tirzah
10. Brothers Divide
11. Home Invasion
12. Galley Slaves
13. Rammed Hard
14. Judah Ashore
15. Horse Healer
16. Ben and Esther
17. Training
18. Invitation
19. Ilderim Wagers
20. Leper Colony / Messala Will Pay
21. The Circus
22. Chariots of Fire
23. Brother vs. Brother
24. Carried Off
25. Jesus Arrested
26. Forgiveness
27. Modeh Ani Haiku

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