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Elmer Bernstein By Elmer Berns

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz (SLG, LLC)
  • ASIN: B0000034ST
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Magnificent Seven
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
3. The Man With The Golden Arm
4. The Grifters
5. Walk On The Wild Side
6. Hawaii
7. The Great Escape
8. Ghostbusters
9. Hollywood And The Stars
10. Rambling Rose
11. Heavy Metal
12. My Left Foot
13. The Ten Commandments

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John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and "Johnny-Come-Latelies" like James Horner and Danny Elfman, may get more recognition but Elmer Bernstein ranks among one of the great film scorers of all time. This disc samples some of his most memorable themes.
Beginning with the rousing Coplandlike like theme from "The Magnificent Seven", the compilation features a bevy of the familiar along with lesser-known but no less dynamic compositions.
Among my favorites are the jazz-influenced theme from "The Man with the Golden Gun", the sultry "Walk on the Wild Side", the lighthearted theme from "Ghostbusters", the opening theme/medley from "Hawaii" and the selection from the classic "The Ten Commandments".
Another find is the long-forgotten theme from the 60's television production "Hollywood and the Stars". This anthem harkens back to the days when movies were really something special and so were the people that made them.
Bernstein is indeed very special.
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Everything "the G-man: says in the previous review is true. Bernstein was a master of movie music. I especially love "The Man with the Golden Arm" -- it got me interested in West Coast jazz in the latter part of the 1950s and I've been a fan ever since then. My favorites are the jazz-oriented themes, like "Golden Arm" and "Walk on the Wild Side". Too bad they didn't include his work from "Sweet Smell of Success". For memorable movie music, the very best ever is "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape". Highly recommended!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbc44e0) out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One! March 4 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Elmer Bernstein is one of the most prolific and talented film composers ever, and some of his best soundtracks are on this CD. "To Kill a Mockingbird" will evoke images of the children in the film, Jem and Scout, to your mind. The soaring triumphant crescendos from "Hawaii" will bring tears to your eyes. I've often thought that the theme "Hollywood and the Stars" should be played at the Academy Award ceremony each year, because when I heard it, I thought it would be very fitting as a tribute to all the stars that had passed away, and it was very emotional. I wish that other Bernstein tracks were available in their entirety, such as "Desire Under the Elms". In the meantime, this one is excellent and one that will give you a great deal of enjoyment.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbc4948) out of 5 stars Bernstein Conducts Some of His Best Sept. 22 2002
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and "Johnny-Come-Latelies" like James Horner and Danny Elfman, may get more recognition but Elmer Bernstein ranks among one of the great film scorers of all time. This disc samples some of his most memorable themes.
Beginning with the rousing Coplandlike like theme from "The Magnificent Seven", the compilation features a bevy of the familiar along with lesser-known but no less dynamic compositions.
Among my favorites are the jazz-influenced theme from "The Man with the Golden Gun", the sultry "Walk on the Wild Side", the lighthearted theme from "Ghostbusters", the opening theme/medley from "Hawaii" and the selection from the classic "The Ten Commandments".
Another find is the long-forgotten theme from the 60's television production "Hollywood and the Stars". This anthem harkens back to the days when movies were really something special and so were the people that made them.
Bernstein is indeed very special.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bbc496c) out of 5 stars The best part of this specific set of recordings that the ... March 19 2015
By George Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
If you do not have any of Elmer Bernstein's work and want a taste of the genius of his work. THIS IS THE CD/MP3's to get.

The best part of this specific set of recordings that the music is

#1). It's not just his music, he is also conducting the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra in this recording.

#2). The orchestrations are truly beautiful.

#3). The liberties he takes with the themes (as opposed to the original recordings) make these sound even better.

This is a treasure of a performance and if you love his work, you would be foolish to avoid this.
HASH(0x9bbc4930) out of 5 stars Elmer Bernstein conducting his own film music. You can't get any better. June 4 2016
By johnf - Published on Amazon.com
A number of Elmer Bernstein collections have come out in the years since this disc was released by Denon in 1993, but this is still one of the best. Most of the great film score composers were good conductors and Bernstein was one of the best. Re-recordings can always be a bit suspect but Those conducted by Bernstein always delivered. He intimately understood the intent of every work and saw to it that every nuance of the music was played with just the right feeling.

Elmer Bernstein's long and illustrious career spanned decades and included some very influential film scores that were game-changing within the genre. within a decade after his Ten Commandments score for De Mille he helped prove the acceptability of using smaller musical forces if the film required it (To Kill a Mockingbird); popularized the idea that a score could be entirely based in a jazz idiom ((The Man With the Golden Arm); and building on Copland and Moross, created a style of scoring Westerns that came to define the genre. He was equally adept in comic music and big themes. being a film composer is an odd thing: you have to score whatever the studio gives you. And though Bernstein outlived the old system (which had required him to score Robot Monster, though that was more of a political punishment) he still had to be a jack of all trades and compose the scores for films as divergent as The Sons of Katie Elder, Heavy Metal and Meatballs.

This collection, a cooperative effort between the composer and Christopher Palmer (more on him later), covers most of his really important scores with the seeming aim of showing the variety of his film music. With Bernstein himself conducting The Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, the scores range from 1955's The Ten Commandments to 1991's Rambling Rose. It starts off with a bang with all the excitement of The Magnificent Seven, them moves to his tender and beautiful music from To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the loveliest themes in all film. The Jazz-inspired music of both The Man With the Golden Arm and Walk On the Wild Side are here, both big and brassy and miles away from the traditional romantic classical film score. So is the insouciant march from The Great Escape and the comic ragtime and vaudeville of Ghostbusters (unfortunately overshadowed by the pop song). There is much more, of course.

Bernstein was assisted by Christopher Palmer in making this collection. Palmer put together the suites for The Grifters, My Left Foot and The Ten Commandments in collaboration with Bernstein, produced the disc and wrote the liner notes which include composer-interview quotes about each film. Palmer was a composer, arranger, orchestrator and an author of biographies of classical music composers and books on film music. He was considered one of the best orchestrators of symphonic music and assisted a number of film composers including Bernard Herrmann (Taxi Driver), Maurice Jarre (A Passage To India) and Bernstein (Heavy Metal). He put together film score suites for many composers and collaborated with Charles Gerhardt in RCA's 14-volume Classic Film Score Series. Bernstein had not made a disc conducting his own music since the John Wayne project of the 80's and it was likely Palmer who inspired Bernstein to make this recording.

The label chosen was Denon, one of the early high-quality CD labels like Telarc that jumped into the Cd revolution long before the majors did. Based in Japan, they had the very best technology and sometimes did all the actual recording and mastering for other labels such as the Czech label, Supraphon. The recording sounds as great as it always did, an important thing with large scale orchestral works.
HASH(0x9bbc4c6c) out of 5 stars Excellent Sampler May 11 2015
By David Cellitti - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a real Whitman's Sampler of the film music of Elmer Bernstein. If you're not looking to collect the full soundtracks for any of these films this is the disc to buy!



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