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Bernard Herrmann: Great Film Music

Bernard Herrmann Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000004265
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Mountain Top And Sunrise
2. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Prelude
3. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: The Grotto
4. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Salt Slides
5. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: Atlantis
6. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: The Giant Chameleon And The Fight
7. Journey To The Center Of The Earth: The Shaft And Finale
8. The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad: Overture
9. The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad: The Duel With The Skeleton
10. The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad: Baghdad
11. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Outer Space
12. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Radar
13. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Gort
14. The Day The Earth Stood Still: The Robot
15. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Space Control
16. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Terror
17. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Farewell And Finale
18. Fahrenheit 451: Prelude
19. Fahrenheit 451: Fire Engine
20. Fahrenheit 451: The Bedroom
See all 35 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Captured on this one disc are the great film scores Bernard Herrmann did for several classic science fiction films of the '50s and '60s. Herrmann did not go in for simple atmospherics and cheap orchestral tricks with his music. He knew that the music would have to conjure a mental world all its own. This is especially true in "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad". It's a tone poem Rimsky-Korsakov could have written. The best here is "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with its use of the (then) revolutionary theremin. It's a clear masterpiece, all on its own. --Paul Cook

Customer Reviews

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other essential Herrmann CD August 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like to think of this CD as being the "Forbidden Planet" of film scores CDs -- technically marvelous, consistently enthralling on an emotional and mental level, and way ahead of its time.

Unfortunately it is not available as I write this. Last time I visited this Amazon site, there was one CD for sale for almost $60. You'll have to make up your own mind if this music is worth that much to you. I made my choice long ago to own this and keep it in my library, conceivably forever.

With five film scores, 35 tracks and 72 minutes of the most high grade science fiction music, this CD should be considered the definitive source for Bernard Herrmann's non-Hitchcock film scores. Not only did he conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra in these recordings, the composer approved of the Phase 4 recording and mixing. It is, as the notes say, a unique listening experience.

I have found this CD to be a constant source of imagination, vision and scope in film music that still has no peer 30 years after its production. The opening sequence to "Journey To The Center of the Earth" is better than it ever was in the theater, where the music was a hackneyed backdrop to an incredilbe film. In this CD, the music dwarfs the film action.

My favorite sequence in this issue is Herrmann's work for the Ray Bradbury novella "Fahrenheit 451", which was recast in some minds recently when "Fahrenheit 911" appeared in theaters throughout the country.

Every bit of the miracle of that little film is projected through this eerily wonderful music, which seems to comprise a world of its own. The sections help recall Sontag's first trip on the fire engine, the bedroom fire and the finale.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE absolute best EVER June 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This Phase 4 Stereo recording is an expanded version of the 1974 LP, THE FANTASY FILM WORLD OF BERNARD HERRMANN. That LP had Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Fahrenheit 451. Gulliver's Travels (26 min.) had originally shared another LP with suites from Mysterious Island and Jason and the Argonauts.

I have owned this recording since 1974 and have listened to it dozens of times. I know of no other orchestral recording which sounds as good as this one does, combining an absolutely perfect recording technique with music of unparalleled brilliance and variety of color. When you hear the crescendo with the pipe organs in the Finale of Journey to the Center of the Earth, or the "dueling" percussion of Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, or the sweeping harps in "Flowers of Fire" and poignant strings in "The Road and Finale" of Fahrenheit 451, you'll agree. Herrman's several other LPs in the Phase 4 series were great, too, and I recommend those as well.

The Phase 4 sound is to my ears the absolute gold standard. That this stunning program was performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra can only recommend it, too. This is the very ensemble which also in the 1970s, led by Charles Gerhardt, recorded for RCA the next best sounding series of film music recordings ever done. This group knew how to project and display maximum color! If you ever see this CD, BERNARD HERRMANN GREAT FILM MUSIC, available, get it. (That goes for the LP, also, for those of you with a turntable.) You will never regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Hermann Fans January 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This collection of Bernard Hermann's sci-fi / fantasy film scores is simply a must - own for any fan of his music. All pieces conducted by Hermann himself. If you liked the movies, you'll love the scores. Missing from this disc, however, are selections from Mysterious Island. Hermann was a genius, and his genius was nowhere better displayed than in his decision to use an obsolete instrument, the serpent, to accompany the giant chameleon in Journey to the Center of the Earth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herrmann sounds better than ever April 16, 2009
By Dan Day
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bernard Herrmann:Great Film Music is a compilation of Herrmann's film scores for fantastic cinema. Included are music selections from Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Fahrenheit 451, and Gulliver's Travels. The sound quality is excellent-it is full and rich. The disc is actually a reproduction by ArkivMusic. I was worried about this at first, but everything about this disc is top rate. Highly recommended for Bernard Herrmann fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Phase 4 Herrmann! January 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
WOW, movie freaks! Everything that made those thrilling films sound and FEEL thrilling is here. I've got a collection of vinyl film scores, but without the pop and click of records, here is Bernard Herrmann, master of suspenseful film music, at his selected and powerful best. The National Philharmonic Orchestra supplied the big, big, deep sound.
Originally produced in 1974, this London CD came out in 1996; good luck if you can find it.

Put the headphones on in a dark room and let this thrill ride carry you into the fantasy zone. Symphonic, awesome, colorful work: we hear "near beer" composers today, but this was as much a part of our cinematic culture as breathing. If you don't believe it, just listen as "The Day THe Earth STood Still" tracks remind you of what it was like to be awed.

Well recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Herrmann Film Music
Mr. Hermann certainly knew how to write for movies and every note expresses the events at hand, the emotions of those who are witnessing events or watching. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars?
If I could, I surely would. A recent viewing of "Journey" prompted me to retrieve (once again) and give it a listen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by johcafra
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Fantasy Film Music
I had this on vinyl - from the '70's! It was one of my favorite albums. Never figured it would ever be available on CD. It took me about five seconds to decide to purchase. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lauri Boehlert
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great film music
Not only is Bernard Herrmann a composer of some of the most memorable film music ever written, he is an interpreter with a unique sense of balance and timing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard M Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars New Classic
When we think of classic music of the 20th century, we automatically think of Bernstein or John Williams. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by C. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Got what I was interested in
I have heard Mr. Herrmann's music and it is a very stimulating piece for background movie music. This has some of what I was looking for. Satisfied with purchase.
Published on February 10, 2010 by John Sweeney Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixture of movie scores
Contains a collection of movie scores from Bernard Herman. I got it because I wanted to hear the one's from Farenheight 451. Read more
Published on October 27, 2007 by S. To
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