SOURCE: Ryko Filmworks

January 08, 2007 18:12 ET

Ryko Filmworks to Release "Rome: Music from the HBO Series" by Emmy Award-Winning Composer Jeff Beal on February 20, 2007

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- On February 20, 2007 Ryko Filmworks will release "Rome: Music from the HBO Series" with original score by the Emmy award-winning composer Jeff Beal. The dramatic and haunting album features ancient sounds and provocative rhythms to perfectly complement the four-time Emmy award-winning HBO series which chronicles the epic times that saw the fall of a republic and the creation of an empire. Season two of the HBO original series "Rome" premieres Sunday, January 14, 2007.

Ryko Filmworks recently released the highly acclaimed score to "The Illusionist" by Philip Glass as well as the soundtrack to the film "Friends with Money" featuring new songs by Rickie Lee Jones.

About the composer:

Emmy award-winning composer Jeff Beal is a member of a new generation of eclectic American composers; fluent in the diverse languages of classical, jazz, contemporary, electronic and world music.

Beal has scored over 50 projects for film and television, including Ed Harris' critically acclaimed directorial debut, "Pollock," William H. Macy's Emmy-awarded "Door to Door & The Wool Cap," Bob Rafelson's "No Good Deed," Jessica Yu's critically acclaimed "In The Realms Of The Unreal," HBO's moody western series "Carnivale," and the theme and underscore for USA's hit comedy series, "Monk."

Current projects have included the scores to the HBO/BBC epic co-production "Rome," "Ugly Betty" (ABC), independent feature films "Where God Left His Shoes" (starring John Leguziamo), "He Was A Quiet Man" (starring Christian Slater & William H. Macy) and director Phillip Haas' Iraq war drama "The Situation." Earlier in 2006 Beal composed the scores for all eight hour-long films of the Stephen King anthology series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" for TNT.

Beal received 2 Emmy awards in 2003 -- one for his quirky main title theme for "Monk," and another for his score to the NBC Olympic documentary, "Peggy and Dorothy." In 2005/6 Beal was honored with four prime-time Emmy nominations for his work on "Carnivale," "Rome" and "The Water Is Wide."

About the series:

"Rome" is the saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers and their families. It is an intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, husbands and wives, chronicling the epic times that saw the fall of a republic and the creation of an empire. The series begins in 51 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul after eight years of war, and is preparing to return to Rome. He heads home with thousands of loyal battle-hardened men, huge amounts of loot in gold and slaves, and a populist agenda for radical social change. Terrified, the aristocracy threatens to prosecute Caesar for war crimes as soon as he sets foot in Rome. Caesar's old friend and mentor, Pompey Magnus, attempts to foment mutiny in order to maintain the balance of power. Two of Caesar's soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, thwart Pompey's plan and in the process, win the eternal gratitude of Caesar and the Julian clan, affording the two plebian officers an intimate view of the ruling class. The fates of Pullo and Vorenus become entwined with those of Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and the boy Octavian, a strange and awkward child who, by political guile and bloody force, will become the first emperor of Rome.


Ryko Filmworks produces and markets soundtrack albums for specialty and independent films and is an offshoot of Rykodisc. Founded in 1983, Rykodisc was the world's first CD-only label and is the company that "reinvented the reissue." Ryko Filmworks, Rykodisc and their sister company Ryko Distribution are all headquartered in New York City and are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group. For additional information please visit

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