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Herrmann - The Film Scores

Esa-Pekka Salonen , Bernard Herrmann , Los Angeles Philharmonic Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Man Who Knew Too Much: PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:03Album Only
listen  3. The CityEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:44Album Only
listen  4. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The RainstormEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:25Album Only
listen  5. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The MadhouseEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:36Album Only
listen  6. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The MurderEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:00Album Only
listen  7. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The WaterEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:11Album Only
listen  8. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The SwampEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:27Album Only
listen  9. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The StairsEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:32Album Only
listen10. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The KnifeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic0:28Album Only
listen11. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: The CellarEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:16Album Only
listen12. Psycho: A Suite for Strings: FinaleEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:56Album Only
listen13. I. PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 5:13Album Only
listen14. II. The HuntEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 5:44Album Only
listen15. North by Northwest: OvertureEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Vertigo: Suite: I. PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:58Album Only
listen17. Vertigo: Suite: II. The NightmareEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:07Album Only
listen18. Vertigo: Suite: III. Scène D'AmourEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 6:48Album Only
listen19. Torn Curtain: I. PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:17Album Only
listen20. II. GromekEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:54Album Only
listen21. Torn Curtain: III. The KillingEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:15Album Only
listen22. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:31Album Only
listen23. Fire EngineEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:01Album Only
listen24. The BedroomEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:38Album Only
listen25. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: The ReadingEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:03Album Only
listen26. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: The GardenEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:25Album Only
listen27. The NightmareEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:50Album Only
listen28. Flowers of FireEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:42Album Only
listen29. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: FlamethrowerEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic0:36Album Only
listen30. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: The Captain's DeathEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:00Album Only
listen31. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: The RoadEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:14Album Only
listen32. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion: FinaleEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:24Album Only
listen33. Taxi Driver: A Night-Piece for Orchestra with obbligato alto saxophone: PreludeEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic0:54Album Only
listen34. BluesEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 3:10Album Only
listen35. Taxi Driver: A Night-Piece for Orchestra with obbligato alto saxophone: Night ProwlEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic0:28Album Only
listen36. Taxi Driver: A Night-Piece for Orchestra with obbligato alto saxophone: BloodbathEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic 1:26Album Only
listen37. Taxi Driver: A Night-Piece for Orchestra with obbligato alto saxophone: FinaleEsa-Pekka Salonen;Los Angeles Philharmonic0:45Album Only


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Composer: Bernard Herrmann
  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000029TH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the more laudable side effects of the "crossover" craze affecting (or afflicting, depending on your perspective) the classical music business has been the reclamation of film music as part of the mainstream symphonic repertoire. It's always belonged there. Before there were movies, composers wrote music for plays, and this so-called "incidental" music has given us some of out most popular classics, including Grieg's Peer Gynt, Beethoven's Egmont, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Bizet's L'Arlesienne. Hermann was one of the great film music composers of all time, and his scores fit naturally into a great and illustrious tradition, nowhere more so than in this award-winning recording. --David Hurwitz

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected master April 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album of Bernard Herrmann film scores, performed by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Philharmonic, is truly astounding in the SACD format. Selections range from The Man Who Knew Too Much, to Psycho, from Marnie to Vertigo and from Fahrenheit 451 to Taxi Driver. Listening to this music you discover a power that few composers have been able to inject into their compositions. If you've seen any of the films from which these selections are taken, close your eyes, the movie plays in your mind and you'll realize the extent to which Herrmann was a cinematic musical genius. His music perfectly captured the mood, ambience, story and characters of the movies he scored. This recording is a true delight. Highly Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous stuff but keep the lights on! March 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have known Bernard Hermann's music since my father took me to see 'Mysterious Island' at the age of nine at the local fleapit. I took memories of the score home rather than the flawed movie, witb its tacky special effects. This magnificent CD gives us some of the best of Hermann, played in the enormous orchestral gestures that he demands from his orchestras and fabulously recorded for all fans. Play 'Psycho' and you realise those enormous tensions that had you squirming in your seat were as much Hermann as Hitchcock, Leigh or Perkins. The depiction of the brooding house, the sad shape standing alone, the famous stabbing strokes and those huge jarring chords, falling back in terror, make watching the film almost an optional extra. I read somewhere that Hermann composed orchestrally in his head at first instance, not needing to sort things out on instruments, etc. after he had composed something on piano like most composers. Hearing 'Marnie' with its yearning theme depicting her psychological strain you can believe this. Hermann's music is the biggest sound you can get with the modern symphony orchestra. He composed for 120 pieces, 8 horns, triple woodwind, large battery of percussion, divided massed strings...the whole works and his coloration with this large body is unique. My personal favorie is his use of the brass which he does with more versatility to my mind than any other composer. His melodic gift is of the highest order and his large structures create immense blocks of sound which transport the listener into a mood that is totally different to where they started out at. Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a 5, but I'm being really picky. February 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The CD that I really want does not exist. The best way, in my humble opinion, to hear the masterfully-composed film scores of Bernard Herrmann, short of watching the magnificent films in which they appear, is to hear the original soundtrack recordings. If somebody would get around to taking the best excerpts from all the films represented on this disc, plus Citizen Kane (of course!) and The Twilight Zone, and rerelease their original versions, now THAT would be the CD to get.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my two favorite SACD recordings! July 13, 2009
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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 on Telarc will convince you that SACD offers a lot more music to both body and ears...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping music, played with verve and intelligence November 12, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is interesting, even gripping, music that stands on its own very well. It's atmospheric, without being necessarily programmatic. You don't have to have liked or even to have seen any of these films to be enthralled. Salonen and the Los Angeles peform it with verve and intelligence. After repeated listenings, I'm convinced that Hermann was a major composer, on the edge of but never in thrall to some of the leading movements in 20th century music. He was not a "film composer," a term that still reeks of condescension, despite the fact that Prokofiev, Copland and Shostakovich all worked in the genre; he was an original and important composer who happened to write music for films. If Salonen brings Hermann's music some of the recognition it deserves, then he's performed a valuable service.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I will wear this out. He is my favorite movie composer.
I have recordings of just about everything he composed and performed. I am his biggest fan. His talent was insurmountable.
Published 5 months ago by E. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The World Of Bernard Herrmann, Via Esa-Pekka Salonen
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Erik North
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice collection!
I think these performances do a really good job of paying tribute to both Herrmann & Hitch, as well as the other soundtracks presented. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rick H
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, rushed, perfunctory performances with altered...
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 more
Published on December 16, 2010 by R. J. Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars A generous collection, well played
You might expect the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its resident conductor to specialize in film music. Read more
Published on August 17, 2004 by Larry VanDeSande
5.0 out of 5 stars An exception to the rule
Usually, the rule is: Stay away from classical music orchestras trying to be convincing in the realm of Hollywood. Read more
Published on February 20, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars May this great CD give Herrmann the credit he deserves
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 more
Published on September 9, 1999 by Stefan M Halldorsson (stefan@lv.is)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Herrmann on One CD
I've wanted a Bernard Herrmann CD for the longest time....I finally settled down and ordered this one. After my first listening I'm hooked! Read more
Published on February 10, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly outstanding recording
This is breathtaking music that's a fantastic inspiration for contemporary musicians/DJs like David Holmes and Dimitri from Paris. Read more
Published on November 23, 1998
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