WILSON: The Thief of Bagdad (1924 original score)

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The 1924 score of The Thief of Bagdad was written by the American composer Mortimer Wilson at the request of the film’s producer and star Douglas Fairbanks. Written nearly 100 years ago, this masterpiece of cinematic composition appears here in its first ever recording.

Released: 4 March 2022

Mortimer WILSON (1876–1932)
The Thief of Bagdad, Op. 74 (1924)
(Score Reconstruction by Mark Fitz-Gerald)

Frankfurt Radio Symphony / Mark Fitz-Gerald

First recording of the original score for the 1924 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks

Recorded live at Sendesaal, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, Germany, 11 April 2019

Press Quotes

“…this really is one of the finest examples of early original film music. Wilson’s score is evocative and thrillingly performed” (***** BBC Music Magazine)

“A lovely recording of Wilson’s score for a Douglas Fairbanks epic” (MusicWeb International)

“fantastic soundtrack” (ABC Radio, Australia)

(**** cinemusic.de)

(ꭅꭅꭅꭅ Diapason Magazine)

“A juicy score…. Wonderfully reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald… Absolutely glorious… This is important and delightful to listen to… From a film score point of view and from a general music point view it’s a big deal… I enjoyed it enormously… Grab it while you can…wow!” (The Ultimate Classical Music Guide by Dave Hurwitz)