Shane: A Tribute to Victor Young

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Victor Young is one of those Hollywood composers whose star has probably fallen the farthest from the time in which he lived. For two decades, from the mid-'30s until his death in 1956, he was a mainstay of the Paramount Pictures music department, scoring an array of immensely important movies and earning 20 Oscar nominations in as many years, in addition to composing his share of hits, of which the most notable is probably "Stella by Starlight," written for The Uninvited 1944. But since his death, Young's reputation has receded in the face of competition from such longer-lived contemporaries as Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa, and Alfred Newman. Shane: A Tribute to Victor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Victor Young is one of those Hollywood composers whose star has probably fallen the farthest from the time in which he lived. For two decades, from the mid-'30s until his death in 1956, he was a mainstay of the Paramount Pictures music department, scoring an array of immensely important movies and earning 20 Oscar nominations in as many years, in addition to composing his share of hits, of which the most notable is probably "Stella by Starlight," written for The Uninvited 1944. But since his death, Young's reputation has receded in the face of competition from such longer-lived contemporaries as Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa, and Alfred Newman. Shane: A Tribute to Victor Young is intended in part to redress that situation, presenting some of Young's most exalted music -- for Shane, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Quiet Man, and others -- and his Oscar-winning music for Around the World in Eighty Days, in the hands of a full symphony orchestra. The results are impressive, to say the least -- the 13-minute suite from Shane is worthy of anything that Aaron Copland ever presented during his Americana period, while the music of For Whom the Bell Tolls is expansive in a completely different way, making heavy use of brass and percussion stings in place of the lyricism in the western score. And the score for Samson and Delilah offers a deeply profound underscoring to the subject matter, investing the material with a seriousness that the limited acting ability of some of the protagonists only allowed them to grope for -- the horn and string parts here evoke exoticism and tragedy in equal measure. The Quiet Man, by comparison, is almost boundless in its light-hearted and lyrical nature, and is the kind of material that one finds running through one's head hours later. It's astonishing that more wasn't done to promote the music at the time of the movie's release. There does seem to be a labeling/indexing error in the CD at the point where the "Tribute to Victor Young," arranged by Henry Mancini, is supposed to appear, but this error of one digit is easily compensated for, although it is surprising that it could happen on so finely produced and mastered a CD as this. The sound is glorious, and the annotation is wonderfully thorough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1996
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923736523
  • Catalog Number: 7365

Album Credits

Performance Credits
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist
Johnny Dodds Violin
Edward J. Allen Horn
David Daniel Viola
Greg Hill Horn
Chris Kane Cello
John O'Connor Guitar
Richard Kaufman Conductor
Robert Orr Oboe
Mary Scott Clarinet
Steve Gibbs Bass
Matthew Ross Violin
Sharon Callaghan Violin
David Chickering Cello
Justine Cormack Violin
John de Colville Bass
Tamra Saylor Fine Tack Piano
Yury Gezentsvey Violin
Andrew Kasza Violin
Michael Kirgan Trumpet
Stephen Managh Violin
Peter Maunder Trombone
Bruce McKinnon Percussion
Lyndsay Mountford Viola
Stephanie O'Flaherty Violin
Pascale Parenteau Violin
Elizabeth Patchett Violin
Lucien Rizos Violin
Marc Taddei Trombone
Susan Voight-McKeitch Oboe
Helen Webby Harp
Wilma Smith Violin
Toni St. Clair Bass
Marina Sturm Clarinet
Rhiannon Thomas Cello
Rachel Vernon Clarinet
Sue Warner Percussion
Vyvyan Yendoll Viola
Nicholas Sandle Bass
John Snow Oboe
Janet Armstrong Violin
Rebecca Jackson Violin
Lisa Egen Viola
David Gilling Violin
Heather Anderson Horn
Peter Barber Viola
Dean Major Violin
William Ryan Horn
Douglass Cross Trombone
Allan Chisholm Cello
Allan Gold Clarinet
Annemarie Meijers Cello
Barry Johnston Bass
Bian Shillito Viola
Graeme Brown Trombone
Tom Moyer Trumpet
Mark Carter Trumpet
Robert Adair Bass
Aldred Koto
Kenneth Young Tuba
Michael Cuncannon Viola
Jenaro Garita Viola
Robert Ibell Cello
Brigid O'Meeghan Cello
Stephen Popperwell Oboe
Juliana Radaich Violin
David Angus Bassoon
Dale Gold Bass
Helen Aldred Koto
Donald Armstrong Violin
Blanche Charles Cello
Vivien Chisholm Cello
Matthew Clayton Percussion
Dianna Cochrane de Pena Violin
Diane Cooper Harp, Keyboards
Wendy Cooper Bassoon
Sharon Evans Violin
Jane Freed Violin
Stephen Gibbs Bass
Vivienne Gordon Cello
Rebekah Graig Accordion
Elspeth Gray Violin
Stephen Harker Timpani
Philip Rose Viola
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Arranger, Orchestration
Victor Young Composer
Michael Fine Producer
Richard Kaufman Arranger
Keith Warren Engineer
Mark McGurty Arranger
Patrick Russ Arranger
Jon Kull Arranger
Tony Thomas Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TOUCH OF GENIUS

    Surely one of the most beautiful music scores ever written for a motion picture , this Victor Young masterpiece is given short thrift because it is represented as only a short suite of themes from the movie ; better that than nothing at all, but hopefully someday the entire score will be recorded. Also highlighted are selections from another masterwork , FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, the other significant contribution to this album.

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