Frank Skinner & Hans J. Salter: Monster Music

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The contents of this disc comprise three film scores, for Son of Frankenstein 1939, The Invisible Man Returns 1940, and The Wolf Man 1941, that were composed by Frank Skinner and Hans J. Salter or composed by Skinner and orchestrated by Salter Son of Frankenstein. The music is inherently interesting, not only on its own terms, but because of the rich source that it represented for dozens of pictures that followed in Universal's output. One can find the Son of Frankenstein material repeated verbatim in features as different as Tower of London and The Scarlet Claw, among many others, although it says something about the wealth of talent -- and the way of doing business -- at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The contents of this disc comprise three film scores, for Son of Frankenstein 1939, The Invisible Man Returns 1940, and The Wolf Man 1941, that were composed by Frank Skinner and Hans J. Salter or composed by Skinner and orchestrated by Salter Son of Frankenstein. The music is inherently interesting, not only on its own terms, but because of the rich source that it represented for dozens of pictures that followed in Universal's output. One can find the Son of Frankenstein material repeated verbatim in features as different as Tower of London and The Scarlet Claw, among many others, although it says something about the wealth of talent -- and the way of doing business -- at Universal's music department that the "Wolf Bane" theme, the most lyrical and memorable part of The Wolf Man, was written by neither Skinner nor Salter, but by Charles Previn; and that the second most memorable theme, "The Kill," was a collaboration between Salter and Previn. The Son of Frankenstein music is the most accomplished here, an intense, brooding creation made up of dark, demonic themes, punctuated by sweeping and starting harp glissandi and sinister passages for oboe, as well as off-kilter harmonies on the brass. The Invisible Man Returns is more lyrical in nature, and far more subtle, but also less interesting, and The Wolf Man, dominated by the sounds of hunting horns and gypsy violins, stands between them as the most accessible body of horror film scoring here, though most of it is not as accomplished as music; the exceptions are Skinner's extended cues "Bela's Funeral" and "Sir John's Discovery," two of the most finely developed pieces of music in the Universal library of that era. The former track is a major piece of music restoration, written for a scene that was subsequently cut from the movie; the latter has dazzling flashes of melodic inspiration and extraordinary scoring, although it resolves itself too easily in a routine and predictable Hollywood convention. William T. Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra have outdone themselves in presenting this music with scope and dignity, though they perform Jimmy McHugh's "Universal Pictures Signature Theme" with too much dignity and restraint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313270521
  • Catalog Number: 8557705
  • Sales rank: 158,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Universal Signature (0:17)
  2. 2 Main Title (2:58)
  3. 3 The Message (2:07)
  4. 4 The General (1:06)
  5. 5 Discovery-Blute Solo (4:19)
  6. 6 The Examination-Looking for a Monster (8:28)
  7. 7 Death of Ygor (2:19)
  8. 8 Monster's Rampage (4:06)
  9. 9 Final-The Cast (0:38)
  10. 10 Universal Signature (0:15)
  11. 11 Main Title (2:12)
  12. 12 Two Hours to Live (2:57)
  13. 13 Together (4:13)
  14. 14 Resting (3:27)
  15. 15 The Ghost (2:08)
  16. 16 The Return (3:36)
  17. 17 End Title (3:03)
  18. 18 Universal Signature (0:14)
  19. 19 Main Title (2:00)
  20. 20 The Telescope (1:23)
  21. 21 Wolf-Bane (4:11)
  22. 22 The Kill (1:04)
  23. 23 Bela's Funeral (6:54)
  24. 24 Desperation (2:58)
  25. 25 Sir John's Discovery (8:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moscow Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
John Morgan Performing Ensemble
William T. Stromberg Conductor
Technical Credits
John Morgan Arranger, Liner Notes
Vitaly Ivanov Engineer
John Russell Morgan Liner Notes, Orchestration
Hans J. Salter Composer
Charles Previn Composer
Edvard Shakhnazarian Engineer
William T. Stromberg Arranger
Bill Whitaker Liner Notes
John Morgan Arranger
John Morgan Liner Notes, Score Reconstruction
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