The late composer Elmer Bernstein is one of a handfull of the premier film composers of the 20th Century. In my view, he belongs in the same category as Bernard Herrmann [ who composed the scores for Citizen Kane and most of the classic Hitchcock films, Vertigo, Psycho, North By Northwest ], John Barry [ the composer of the most memorable James Bond films Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball ] Henry Mancini [ The Pink Panther, Breakfast At Tiffany's, Two For The Road] and John Williams [ Steven Spielberg's favorite composer- Schindler's List, Jaws, Star Wars, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan ]. Bernstein was a victim of the Hollywood Blacklist, and after that period ended, he was responsible for the wonderful scores of Sturges' "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape", Mulligan's "To Kill A Mockingbird" [ derivative of Aaron Copeland }, several John Wayne hits, including "True Grit" and "The Comancheros", as well as terrific scores for "Far From Heaven" and Scorsese's ' The Age Of Innocence". This CD contains highlights from all of the aforementioned films performed admirably. I selected the two disc set because I felt that they contained the best and most representative sampler of Bernstein's work. Ironically, he didn't win Oscars for these memorable works, but rather for his contribution to " Thoroughly Modern Millie", in the late 60's, a worthy, but decidedly lesser work. Every time that you hear his scores for Magnificent Seven or Mockingbird, there is instant recognition and appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of this master craftsman. I wholeheartedly recommend this double disc set to one and all.