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Herrmann - The Film Scores

October 18, 2005

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:16:15
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  • ASIN: B00157JLLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,784 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If you don't compare to the original versions, you will enjoy it.
E. Marquez
This is an outstanding CD, in terms of both the level of performance and its technical qualities.
Dean G. Sorensen
Esa-Pekka Salonen gives a soul-stirring rendition of Bernard Herrmann's celebrated film scores.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin A. Opie on August 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As much (if not more) than any other film composer, Bernard Herrmann's music stands up to listening independent of the films. The emphasis here is on Herrmann's scores for Hitchcock, when both men were arguably at their creative heights.

Note: this is NOT a collection of original soundtrack recordings. However, Salonen and the LA Philharmonic at absolutely top-notch, and the recording is beautiful. Certain subtleties are actually easier to hear on this recording than on some of the originals.

As if I couldn't recommend this highly enough, the price has been reduced on this reissue! This deserves a wide audience, don't hesitate to buy it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By the old guitarist on June 29, 2008
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Salonen is to be congratulated for having assembled an unusual and striking program here. Yes, he has some of the warhorses (VERTIGO, PSYCHO) and that's great, but this disc is more about these other things: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, TORN CURTAIN, FAHRENHEIT 451 and TAXI DRIVER. I particularly appreciate the long suite from FAHRENHEIT 451 (which should have received an Oscar nomination in 1966) and the generous set from TAXI DRIVER. The orchestra is dead-on with this music and Salonen is clearly into it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. O'Hanlon on August 2, 2014
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One day, in the early 1960's, a professorial-looking older man with with wildly scattered salt and pepper hair, wearing a rumpled gray suit and black horn-rimmed glasses, walked into the record store I was managing in Studio City and asked for a recording of Richard Strauss' "Metamorphosen", conducted by Otto Klemperer. I told him that we had that recording in stock and also recommended another "much better" performance by Hermann Scherchen. He asked why I thought this performance was better and I offered to play both of the records for him, so he could decide for himself.

After listening to selections from both recordings, he agreed that the Scherchen might be a shade better. However, the Klemperer was, in some ways, superior. He asked me to play the Klemperer again and showed me what he meant. I had to agree with him and asked if he was a music teacher or something. He answered that he didn't have the patience to be a good teacher; that he was "too much of a task-master". He said that he would buy both recordings and, just before he left, introduced himself as Bernard Hermann!

Hermann became one of my regular customers and, before he bought a recording, always asked my opinion. We then compared our choices and he often bought both recordings. Contrary to what maestro Hermann originally told me, he proved to be an excellent teacher!

Bernard Hermann was also an excellent composer and conductor.

I am a long-time devotee of "good" film music and still prefer the more romantic styles of Eric Wolfgang Korngold, Miklos Rosza, Max Steiner, John Williams and others to Hermann's more "abstract" style.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Wilson on January 30, 2010
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It's nice to have all these pieces together in one place, and for a reasonable price, and not a carbon copy of the originals, but there are a couple of problems. If one is familiar with the originals from either from having seen the films (the Hitchcock pieces) or owning the original soundtrack albums ("Taxi Driver"), or having heard Herrmann's own conducting of the suites on an out-of-print London/Phase IV release from 1970, then most of these are going to sound, well, a little . . . off. The sound mix is way heavy on the low end of the spectrum, and some of the pieces are simply played way too fast -- the "North by Northwest" theme and the "Taxi Driver" prelude, in particular. The "Psycho" suite is very well-interpreted musically, but again, if you're used to hearing the quality of the sound when it's played on TV (even with a good home theater setup) or particularly in a movie theater, then there's something overblown and a bit hollow about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean G. Sorensen on February 28, 2010
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As a huge Hitchcock fan and the believer in the immense contribution that a great film score can make to the effectiveness of a film, I keep growing in my appreciation of Herrmann's work. This is an outstanding CD, in terms of both the level of performance and its technical qualities.
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By R. Horton on July 13, 2014
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Great music, well played.
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By Michael Britz on June 24, 2014
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Esa-Pekka Salonen is a champion at recording these brilliant Bernard Herrmann film scores. I strongly recommend purchasing this album. You will not be disappointed.
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