Bernard Herrmann - The Film Scores
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But here is our predicament. You'd have to buy 10 or so CDs to get the original recordings of all this wonderful music. When that is considered, this CD sounds like a great bargain, and in that respect, it is.
The excerpts represented on this disc are the best excerpts, and the playing is accurate and precise. The engineering also receives high marks for having completely clear sound and firmness of bass where the original recordings would not.
The Vertigo represented here is wonderful in its range and the depth of its tenderness, something the original soundtrack aspired to but did not achieve. It reminds me in the best way of Tristan and Isolde, but that's another conversation. The excerpts of Fahrenheit 451 and Taxi Driver are also very well played, especially the latter. The interpretations are in the spirit of the originals, and Salonen is to be commended.
Unfortunately, sometimes he just takes the wrong tempo. The overture to North by Northwest may sound better played faster, louder, and more obstreperously, but the original was smaller, quirkier, full of understated irascible ticks and obsessive weaving. I'm not sure which I like better. The rerecording is not bad, just different. (At high volume, though, it's better!)
The suite that really hit me the wrong way was Psycho.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always nice to hear Hermann's scores. This is a good digital rendition of those film scores.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have recordings of just about everything he composed and performed. I am his biggest fan. His talent was insurmountable.Published on October 25, 2013 by E. Campbell
Anyone who considers himself either a die-hard movie buff or a fanatic of the scores that go with those movies must certainly know who Bernard Herrmann was. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I think these performances do a really good job of paying tribute to both Herrmann & Hitch, as well as the other soundtracks presented. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Rick H
These recordings are ALL WRONG. The music is pushed and rushed, with Salonen's typical efficiency, but he doesn't let the music or the orchestra BREATHE. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by R. J. Gonzalez
Promptly delivered in first rate condition at a fair price! If you have a good subwoofer and like the bass to roll comfortably across the floor either Bernard Herrmann or Wagner... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Keith O. Harmon
You might expect the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its resident conductor to specialize in film music. Read morePublished on August 17, 2004 by Larry VanDeSande
Usually, the rule is: Stay away from classical music orchestras trying to be convincing in the realm of Hollywood. Read morePublished on February 20, 2004
Psycho, one of my favorite films, is truly a mastepiece, and one of the things that makes the film so outstanding, is Bernard Herrmann's great musical score. Read morePublished on September 9, 1999 by Stefan M Halldorsson (email@example.com)