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Song of the Day #160

Song of the Day: Spartacus ("Love Theme"), composed by Alex North, kicks off what I call "Film Music February," in honor of the upcoming Academy Awards. This haunting theme was featured in the 1960 sword-and-sandals epic film. Listen to audio clips: here, from the soundtrack; here, performed sensitively by jazz pianist Bill Evans; here, performed by French classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (in a tribute album, "Conversations with Bill Evans"); and here, where you can download the full track of a version by jazz violinist Joe Venuti.