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Cape Fear: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Elmer Bernstein, Bernard HerrmannAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 10, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: December 10, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This music will scare the...out of you. July 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Bernard Hermann was a genius. His 35 year career in film scoring started off with a bang: Orson Welle's "Citzen Kane" was his first film project. Hermann decided to deviate from existing film score conventions of the time and construct motifs and themes that reflected and conveyed the psychological and emotional content of the character(s) and actions. In the past 50 years or so his ideas have become the norm for film score work, but he was one of the innovators that brought this about. His reputation and fame were at their peak during his 11-12 year association with Alfred Hitchcock, where he seemed to always make the right musical choices to support and even further the story in films like "Marnie", "Vertigo", and especially "Psycho".
The Cape Fear score was one of many non-Hitchcock projects of his--the original film was released in 1962. The score almost prefectly reflected the movie's themes of justice, revenge, terror and escalating violence. It was only natural that when Martin Scorsese decided to remake the movie in 1991, he also decided to reuse the Hermann score. Elmer Bernstein sifted through the clues left from the 1962 score and reworked the major themes into what you hear on this disc.
Hermann liked to use repetition, and the four note clarion call of the French horns in the main theme is fired up a great many times across the disc. It usually ends up leading down a somewhat different musical alley each time. There are quite a few blissful sections of gentle beauty interspursed in the first half of the disc, and there are harsh crescendos of extreme violence and discord, especially near the end of the disc in the sounds accompanying the desperate fight late in the movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Mess with Perfection? April 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When Martin Scorsese decided to remake "Cape Fear", he paid tribute to the original by featuring original stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, and Martin Balsam in cameos. Scorsese also recognized the contribution of the first film's composer Bernard Herrmann.
Thus, Elmer Bernstein, himself a legendary musician (and recent Oscar nominee for "Far from Heaven"), adapted, arranged, and conducted Herrmann's original score for the newer film. This is a marriage of two giants in the business.
A score that is as haunting and chilling as the more recognizable works "Psycho" and "Marnie", "Cape Fear" is true Herrmann with its ominous cues and screeching strings.
Fans of Herrmann, Bernstein, or Scorsese must have this one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herrmann puts the fear into Cape Fear February 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is worth seeking out. It's the only version of the score available. Herrmann's original score was re-worked (I have no idea how much) by Elmer Bernstein, and it sound absolutely great.
The music in Cape Fear can only be described as chilling. It's loud and bombasitic, with its famous four note motif sounding loud and clear many times throughout the score. Herrmann was a master of orchestration, and this is no exception. It's not only in the instruments used, but also the intervals. Cape Fear is a perfect example of how he managed to creep the listener out simply by using the correct combination of flutes and horns
There's really no reason to go into individual tracks, as all the tracks are on the same wavelength (a common Herrmann trait). This is the opposite of bad, however, because the music is always interesting, and you hear something new in it each time.
As I said above, this score is highly worth seeking out. Hopefully it will be reissued or possibly Herrmann's original version will be re-recoded (or found and an OST released), but until then, this version should suffice nicely, and fits well into any score fan's collection.
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