Pat Harris

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Psycho ~ Bernard Herrmann
Psycho ~ Bernard Herrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Definative, April 12 2004
Spectacular re-recording of what remains one of the most recognizable and imitated film scores of all time. As usual with McNeely and the RSNO, the performance is both electrifying and exact, and the recording is spot on. Herrmann felt that Hitchcock's black-and-white film needed an equally black-and-white score, so he removed the "color" from the orchestra by limiting his writing strictly to the string section. What he accomplished was amazing in its ability to manipulate one's primal emotions, with or without the film. From the panic-stricken opening titles, through the long passages of drawn-out suspense, to the famous murder "stings," few other scores have done… Read more
Trouble W/Harry Alfred Hitchc ~ Bernard Herrmann
Trouble W/Harry Alfred Hitchc ~ Bernard Herrmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Not Great Herrmann, April 9 2004
This is a pleasant pastoral score, with little themes and motifs bubbling around repeatedly for its duration. Melodic bits evoke the New England countryside in which the film takes place, and small stings of drama represent the mystery surrounding the troublesome body. It's all very understated, though, and its fragmented, "Mickey Mouse" style of following the on-screen action doesn't allow it to build the thematic heft and dramatic cohesion that all of Herrmann's later Hitchcock scores have. In the humor department, both director and composer would surpass this droll effort with the comedy-of-the-absurd of 'North by Northwest' a few years later. Still, not a bad freshman outing for the… Read more
Vertigo: Original Score (1995 Re-recording) ~ Bernard Herrmann
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The first of the mighty trifecta of Hitchcock/Herrmann collaborations from 1958-60 (the other two being 'North by Northwest' and 'Psycho'), the score for 'Vertigo' is an out-and-out masterpiece. This was the first Hitchcock film I ever saw, and consequently the first Herrmann score I ever heard, and the impact (even during the Paramount logo before the actual credits!) is tremendous. The unresolved arpeggios and minor-key blasts of brass are both riveting and frightening, perfectly setting up the obsessive descent of the film's protagonist. The whole score revolves around a powerful love theme (heard most fully in the 'Scene d'Amour'), various shades of which would color all the romantic… Read more