Bernard Herrmann: The Essential Film Music Collection

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Listening to any of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann's 48 film scores immediately presents the listener with the difficult task of deciphering the era from which it has been extracted. Herrmann managed to completely avoid the trappings of the pop culture compass throughout his four decades in the business, building a library of music that could be applied to films far into the future without the slightest hint of mustiness -- even Citizen Kane, his first foray into the world of film sounds as contemporary as anything by James Horner, Hans Zimmer, or Thomas Newman. Unfortunately, Silva America's two-disc, 28-track Essential Film Music collection, which allows...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Listening to any of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann's 48 film scores immediately presents the listener with the difficult task of deciphering the era from which it has been extracted. Herrmann managed to completely avoid the trappings of the pop culture compass throughout his four decades in the business, building a library of music that could be applied to films far into the future without the slightest hint of mustiness -- even Citizen Kane, his first foray into the world of film sounds as contemporary as anything by James Horner, Hans Zimmer, or Thomas Newman. Unfortunately, Silva America's two-disc, 28-track Essential Film Music collection, which allows listeners to sample some of the composer's finest work without investing in each and every "complete" score, is performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, not taken from the original recordings. There is not a misplaced note anywhere to be found amidst the towering themes to the "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad," "Ghost and Mrs. Muir," "Vertigo," and "Taxi Driver," and not a composer yet busy in the world who has met the challenges that he set, but it sure would be nice to have a collection of this scope that featured Herrmann's original soundtrack versions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572120825
  • Catalog Number: 1208
  • Sales rank: 113,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:46)
  2. 2 Prelude / Finale (4:57)
  3. 3 Nocturne (3:34)
  4. 4 Suite (14:17)
  5. 5 Suite (5:37)
  6. 6 Romance (8:17)
  7. 7 Memory Waltz (4:23)
  8. 8 A Portrait of Hitch (8:49)
  9. 9 Prelude (2:17)
  10. 10 Prelude (2:15)
  11. 11 Prelude / Nightmare (4:59)
  12. 12 Scene D'Amour (5:08)
  13. 13 Main Title (1:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Prelude (3:05)
  2. 2 Conversation Piece (4:40)
  3. 3 Overture (2:00)
  4. 4 The Twilight Zone, series theme (first year) (2:49)
  5. 5 Suite (7:19)
  6. 6 Prelude / The Balloon (4:13)
  7. 7 Giant Bees / The Giant Crab (4:55)
  8. 8 Suite (5:40)
  9. 9 Prelude (1:58)
  10. 10 Prelude & Farewell (5:13)
  11. 11 Suite (6:01)
  12. 12 Excerpt (7:03)
  13. 13 Twisted Nerve (5:34)
  14. 14 Excerpt (1:47)
  15. 15 Night Piece for Saxophone and Orchestra (8:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernard Herrmann Primary Artist
Nic Raine Conductor
Gareth Williams Human Whistle
Paul Bateman Conductor
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Bernard Herrmann Arranger, Composer
Christopher Palmer Arranger
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Arranger, Mastering
Mike Townend Arranger
David Wishart Liner Notes
John Waxman Manuscript Coordinator
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Damien Doherty Artwork
Rosilda de O. e Silva Executive Producer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
John W. Waxman Manuscript Coordinator
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