The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The death of film composer Elmer Bernstein in 2004 made him an obvious choice for Silva Screen Records' "Essential" composer series (Gone with the Wind: The Essential Max Steiner Film Music Collection, The Essential Nino Rota Film Music Collection, etc.). Silva Screen is dedicated to creating new recordings (sometimes the first ever) of film music, generally performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (which doubtless works cheaper than a major orchestra in the unionized West would), and it has had occasion to apply itself to Bernstein before, sometimes with his active cooperation. In fact, of the 26 tracks included here, 15 have been released previously on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The death of film composer Elmer Bernstein in 2004 made him an obvious choice for Silva Screen Records' "Essential" composer series (Gone with the Wind: The Essential Max Steiner Film Music Collection, The Essential Nino Rota Film Music Collection, etc.). Silva Screen is dedicated to creating new recordings (sometimes the first ever) of film music, generally performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (which doubtless works cheaper than a major orchestra in the unionized West would), and it has had occasion to apply itself to Bernstein before, sometimes with his active cooperation. In fact, of the 26 tracks included here, 15 have been released previously on such albums as The Crimson Pirate: Swashbucklers of the Silver Screen and Jazz in Film (performed by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra). The compilers and producers, primarily James Fitzpatrick, have chosen from among Bernstein's 150-plus scores with an eye toward the composer's versatility as well as his best-known work. He was typecast in Hollywood, but fortunately, with such a long and prolific career, he managed to be typecast several times for different things. Early on, The Man with the Golden Arm marked him as a "jazz" composer, and he got similar assignments, which he treated similarly (a good example being Walk on the Wild Side). Then, with the success of The Magnificent Seven and its memorable, appropriately magnificent theme (the leadoff track here), he became known as a composer for Westerns, and there is a noticeable similarity in his work on such successors as The Comancheros, True Grit, The Sons of Katie Elder, and The Shootist, even though the compilers have deliberately spread them out through the album. Later in his career, Bernstein's delightfully parodic score for Airplane! (with a suite given a premiere recording on this collection) suddenly made him the man to see for comedies, though listeners get relatively little of that work here. The compilers have gone out of their way to find scoring that falls outside of these three main threads in Bernstein's work, including horror (a premiere recording of "Metamorphosis" from An American Werewolf in London), period romance (The Age of Innocence), and musical comedy (Thoroughly Modern Millie, another premiere recording of the cue "Sky-Hi"), along with more exotic efforts such as Zulu Dawn and Hawaii. Perhaps Bernstein's greatest scores (though also atypical) get the longest excerpts: a haunting eight-plus-minute suite from To Kill a Mockingbird and a stirring eight minutes of the overture from The Ten Commandments at the end. The result may not be all of the essential Bernstein on two CDs in 110 minutes, but it is a good sampler of a lengthy and varied career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572117825
  • Catalog Number: 1178
  • Sales rank: 73,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:55)
  2. 2 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (8:24)
  3. 3 Overture - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:32)
  4. 4 Theme (4:27)
  5. 5 Metamorphosis - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:08)
  6. 6 End Titles - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:26)
  7. 7 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:41)
  8. 8 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:12)
  9. 9 Taarna's Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:39)
  10. 10 Theme - Daniel Caine (3:22)
  11. 11 Rooster Cogburn / A Warm Wrap-Up - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:40)
  12. 12 Hollywood and the Stars, televeision theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:07)
  13. 13 River Crossing - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:20)
  2. 2 Theme (5:04)
  3. 3 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (5:55)
  4. 4 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:15)
  5. 5 Suite - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:29)
  6. 6 Main Title - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (3:23)
  7. 7 Overture - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (4:20)
  8. 8 Finale - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:44)
  9. 9 Overture - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (6:15)
  10. 10 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:31)
  11. 11 Sky-Hi - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:33)
  12. 12 Theme - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (2:53)
  13. 13 Overture - City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (7:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elmer Bernstein Primary Artist
Nic Raine Conductor
National Youth Jazz Orchestra Ensemble
Daniel Caine Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
David Temple Choir Master
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Daniel Caine Orchestra Ensemble
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bill Ashton Conductor
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Geoff Castle Arranger, Orchestration
Rick Clark Producer
Jack Hayes Arranger, Orchestration
John Langley Arranger, Orchestration
Christopher Palmer Arranger, Orchestration
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Mastering
Leo Shuken Arranger, Orchestration
Emilie A. Bernstein Arranger, Orchestration
Patrick Russ Arranger, Orchestration
David Wishart Liner Notes
David Spear Arranger, Orchestration
James Fitzpatrick Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Jan Holzner Engineer
John Bell Arranger, Orchestration
Damien Doherty Artwork
Bob Dowell Arranger, Orchestration
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Michael G. Jones Engineering
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