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Bernard Herrmann Film Scores Import

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 13 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
  • ASIN: B00008O88C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
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Milan/WEA compilation for the 'dean of film composers', best known for his scores for 'Citizen Kane' & 'The Devil & Daniel Webster'.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9abac564) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abba168) out of 5 stars "Elmer Bernstein conducts film scores of Bernard Herrmann" Oct. 27 2004
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Milan Records presents Elmer Bernstein conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with this digitally remastered "Bernard Herrmann Film Scores ", from "CITIZEN KANE" [1942], "THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER" [1942], "THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH" [1956], "PSYCHO" [1959], "THE WRONG MAN" [1957], "VERTIGO" [1958], "NORTH BY NORTHWEST" [1959], "THE BRIDE WORE BLACK" [1967], "FAHRENHEIT 451" [1966], "TAXI DRIVER" [1973]...and the final track is "BERNARD HERRMANN ON FILM MUSIC" [recorded early 1970s]...which clearly states why music is an additional character to any film, without it the film would be incomplete...during the silent film era, the piano player kept the audience tuned into what was happening, whether it was a love scene or danger lurking around every corner.

Herrmann completely mesmerizes us with his themes, blending variations with eloquent and subtle cues...depicting each character in the film, and fine tuned to the story-line ~ he was a genius and knew his craft well...relies heavily on strings, usually with lyrical solos for the winds...absolute in capturing the essence of each scene, musically letting the audience in through his score ~ the result is colors come shining through with wonderful arrangements...many of the classic film scores have become cult favorites among "film-score-buffs" like me and collectors alike.

Each film score is superb and very strong...the balance of the instruments and experimental touches of Bernard Herrmann are all just brilliant ~ working with directors like Welles, Dieterle, Hitchcock, Truffaut and Scorsese all were very conscious of classic film music and and Herrmann's cues really came through...each outing was nothing less than a bravo performance...those who ignored Herrmann during his career, really missed out...cause all the diehard collectors of film music knew he was a WINNER! ~ Bernard Herrmann [1911-1975].

Total Time: 69:35 on 11 Tracks ~ Milan Records 36095 ~ (10/26/2004)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Cody Robert at Spokane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding release, dating from 1992 (recall that Elmer Bernstein recorded Herrmann's rejected score for TORN CURTAIN for Warners as early as 1977, also with the RPO). This release predates Esa-Pekka Salonen's excellent HERRMANN--THE FILM SCORES (Sony) by four years, and both can be highly recommended, for the overlap is not consequential and each recording has considerable virtues which I'll attempt to summarize:

Salonen includes (theme only) MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, rather more of PSYCHO than we really need, a good chunk from MARNIE, the NORTH BY NORTHWEST fandango, a representative bleeding chunk from VERTIGO, cool excerpts from the scrapped TORN CURTAIN score, wonderful snippets from FAHRENHEIT 451 and finally a totally idiomatic mean-streets potpourri (including "Bloodbath") from TAXI DRIVER. His release is unabashedly commercial, designed to appeal to the widest possible audience and a perfect introduction to Herrmann. It is very beautifully played by the LAPO, and quite spectacularly recorded.

Bernstein's very comprehensive survey is more scholarly, more clearly the result of serious thinking by Bernstein and album deviser Christopher Palmer. KANE and DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (a fascinating score for a very fey film) are given brief due, then we move directly into a complete 12-minute performance of Arthur Benjamin's gloriously kitschy (Elgarian pipe organ and unhesitant cymbalist included) "Storm Clouds Cantata" from MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, set to a text by D.B. Wyndham Lewis and supplied in the booklet. This is a recording premiere (there's a 2012 followup version conducted by Rumon Gamba on Chandos) and reason enough for owning this disc. The purely intentional high-kitsch quotient directly recalls the "impossible" SALAMMBO aria in CITIZEN KANE, thrillingly sung by Te Kanawa on Gerhardt's spectacular RCA anthology. In the Benjamin cantata reverberating in the Royal Albert Hall that foreboding cymbal clash that sent Doris Day into an intense maternal tizzy is perfectly dramatized in this Bernstein/RPO performance. The booklet erroneously credits the "Ambrosia Singers" when of course we are hearing the great Ambrosians. Small matter, that meaningful cymbal clash echoes for all eternity, a triumph of quick cuts directly edited to the music.

Bernstein continues with mercifully brief PSYCHO extracts, the rare Prelude for THE WRONG MAN (another recording premiere), seven choice minutes from VERTIGO and the NORTH BY NORTHWEST fandango. THE BRIDE WORE BLACK is represented by Palmer's 12-minute pastiche (another premiere, this is prime Herrmann not to be ignored), five minutes from FAHRENHEIT and the inevitable TAXI DRIVER coda (nine minutes played less idiomatically in London than in Los Angeles, their streets are less mean).

On balance, Bernstein's recording is preferable for the Storm Clouds Cantata and the BRIDE WORE BLACK excerpts, but I wouldn't be without either release. Both, I think, are indispensable. They supplement one another, and coupled with Gerhardt's pioneering CITIZEN KANE anthology (RCA) provide a satisfyingly complete Herrmann overview. The scifi/fantasy scores are another matter entirely, and there I think Herrmann's own recordings, rereleased by Decca and still sonically awesome, are preferable.
By Robert j husar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love these tunes. They bring back great memories
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abba390) out of 5 stars Only liked one song April 12 2014
By M. Findlay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got this disk so I could hear Bernard Hermann's score from The Man Who Knew Too Much.
This from a guy who knew too little.
I loved that score as well as the score from North By Northwest.
The rest of the album is pretty disappointing.

If I was smarter, I would have just gotten the $0.99 download of the song I wanted.
Make sure you check all the tracks before you buy.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abba57c) out of 5 stars Excellent Highly Recommended for the Movie Lover March 28 2008
By Pauline Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just love the storm cloud cantata from Hitchcocks Man Who Knew Too Much and have been after it ever since I first saw the film. As a Lover of Movie Scores I highly recommend the entire album.