Rhapsody of Steel Dimitri Tiomkin Limited Edition STEREO
Composer: Tiomkin, Demitri
Oscar winner Dimitri Tiomkin's (High Noon, It's a Wonderful Life) soundtrack from the industrial film commissioned by US Steel in 1959. This twenty-two minute industrial film, Rhapsody Of Steel, is a history of steel from the first meteor hitting earth to modern times and the first manned space rocket. The film was shown as an added attraction at thousands of US movie theaters in 1959. The creative team included John Sutherland, Eyvind Earle, formerly with Disney, as well as Maurice Noble and Gary Merrill as narrator. For the score, Sutherland was fortunate to get Dimitri Tiomkin, who had already won Oscars for High Noon and The High and the Mighty and later for The Old Man and the Sea. He went on to compose scores for many of Hollywood’s all-time classic films, including Lost Horizon, Duel In The Sun, Red River, High Noon, Strangers On A Train, I Confess, It’s A Wonderful Life, Portrait of Jennie, The Thing from Another World, The High and the Mighty, Dial ‘M’ For Murder, Giant, Friendly Persuasion, Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, Rio Bravo, The Unforgiven, The Alamo, The Sundowners, The Guns Of Navarone, and many others. His dramatic and compelling music for Rhapsody Of Steel captures the essence of the progress of steel through the ages. Playing the score was the marvelous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, appropriate since United States Steel was headquartered in Pittsburgh. Tiomkin conducted and the result is a virtuoso performance and a thrilling listening experience. Originally released as a promotional LP for friends and family of US Steel, the LP was a highly prized and sought after collectible. Finally available on CD, this limited edition of 1000 is available at a special low price. The LP sold for $100-$200, so get the CD while you can.