Release date: 20 March 2012


Ursus nella valle dei Leoni

Riz Ortolani

Ursus nella valle dei Leoni

Digitmovies continues its journey into the Italian Peplum by releasing as volume 20  of the series the complete OST by Riz Ortolani from the movie “Ursus nella valle dei leoni” (aka “Ursus in the Valley of Lions”) directed in 1961 by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and starring Ed Fury, Moira Orfei, Alberto Lupo, Giacomo Furia, María Luisa Merlo, Michele Malaspina, Mariangela Giordano, Gérard Herter, Orlando Orfei, Elena Forte. Ursus (Fury) grows up in the middle of a bunch of lions after the evil Ajak (Lupo) has killed his father and thereby usurped the throne. One day he meets a merchant of slaves and offers him his medallion in exchange for a girl named Ania (Giordano), with which Ursus has fallen in love. The medallion gets into the hands of the cruel Ajak who recognizes it and therefore deducts that Ursus is still alive; Ajak fears that the young man may one day claim the throne he is rightfully entitled to and then decides to search and kill him. After a battle with no holds barred Ursus manages to defeat Ajak and recapture his throne which he will share with his beautiful Ania. In 1961 when Riz Ortolani was barely thirty years old and at the beginning of his long and distinguished career, he had to face the challenge to compose and conduct a symphonic OST even before he became famous throughout the world with "More" from "Mondo cane" and one of the best musicians required for the screen in Italy and America. In 1991 Cinevox issued a CD compilation (CD-CIA 5090) dedicated to four Ursus movies with music by Roman Vlad, Carlo Savina, Riz Ortolani and Angelo F. Lavagnino. From "Ursus in the Valley of the Lions" only about twelve minutes were selected, for our new CD (TT 44:26) we were able to use the mono master tapes of the original session which allowed us to use every note recorded at the time (including brass bands, harp, organ, percussion, etc..) Riz Ortolani has written a heroic theme for  dominating french horns for Ursus introduced during the "Main Titles" (Tr. 1) and reprised again in the conclusive "Final" (Tr.25). Very dramatic and violent battle music (Tr.2, Tr.10, Tr.11, Tr.12, Tr.17, Tr.18) gets alternated with mysterious passages of tension (Tr.13, Tr.16, Tr. 19, Tr.20, Tr.21), a delicate love theme for Ursus and Ania (Tr.5, Tr.8, Tr.9, Tr.15, Tr.24), a funny music (Tr. 4) and a military march (Tr.7). A proper rescue and preservation of the Italian Silver Age and of the musical art of Riz Ortolani.

2.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (assalto e agguato) 4:00
3.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Ursus e la ragazza) 2:29
4.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (mercante di schiavi e fuga) 1:54
5.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (dialogo d’amore) 1:08
6.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (il mercato) 1:07
7.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (schiavi sollevano portantina del re) 1:19
8.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (lei in acqua) 1:24
9.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (dialogo d’amore) 1:13
10.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (invasione villaggio) 1:50
11.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (ricerca e cattura di Ursus) 2:42
12.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Ursus lotta contro i soldati) 3:13
13.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Annia sprofonda nelle sabbie mobili) 2:09
15.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (dialogo re con Ursus) 1:00
16.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (nella valle dei leoni) 1:10
17.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Ursus liberato da Diar)1:12
18.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Aiak uccide Diar) 1:21
19.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (agguato soldati) 1:02
20.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (Ursus esce dalla grotta) 1:39
21.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (popolo in piazza e editto) 3:06
22.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (leoni in libertà) 1:50
23.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (la furia di Ursus) 1:39
24.URSUS NELLA VALLE DEI LEONI (leone uccide Aiak) 1:09