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Bernard Herrmann FAHRENHEIT 451 / TWILIGHT ZONE: WALKING DISTANCE SOUNDTRACK

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  • ASIN: B000ZLRVCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Folks, this is flat-out BEAUTIFUL music. And it's another one-of-a-kind classic-film score restoration and recording masterpiece from the Messer. John Morgan and William Stromberg. (How do they keep doing this? Topping each of their previous CDs with yet a better one!)

2. Classic-film composer Bernard Herrmann's usual style was to reach out and grab the listener by the forelock. But the music here is seemingly unlike anything previously written for the cinematic screen by Mr. Herrmann. More for concert halls of the future than for art-house movie theaters of the past. Although FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966) is a sci-fi film (or tries to be), Mr. Herrmann's score is far from and far above "typical" sci-fi music from yesteryear or today. It is a breath taking, haunting, and acoustically gorgeous, delicate creation as fully realized on this CD release. The music and the film reside in drastically different universes.

3. This recording is one of the two kick-off releases from a new CD label--Tribute Film Classics (the other release is Mr. Hermann's starling score for MYSTERIOUS ISLAND[1961]). Tribute's star line up is one of a kind: classic-film score Restoration/Arrangement Masters John Morgan and William Stromberg with Maestro Stromberg on the conducting podium for starters.

4. Once again, the conductor is at one with the orchestra (as is his custom). Orchestral performance is superb. It sounds like much rehearsal time (instrumentalist by instrumentalist) preceded the final product. Sound engineering and editing are also first rate.

5. The CD booklet is a special treat. It is extensive and contains at least one surprising revelation. Restoration Master John Morgan's "Recording Notes" kicks things off.
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Quite simply -- awesome!

Bernard Herrmann wrote an amazingly beautiful, lyrical tone poem for Truffaut's film of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451". Over the years we're heard suites and snippets of the score. Here, at long last, is Herrmann's entire score -- superbly performed and beautifully recorded. This is a pleasure to hear!

A worthy addition to any collection!
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I agreed with Bernard Herrmann when he said that film music was not meant to be performed scene by scene for a listening audience, but that the music should be coalesced into Suite structures so that the compositions have musical sense. Listen to Charles Gerhardt and the National Symphony do Beneath the 12-Mile Reef for example. However, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under William Stromberg give a magnificent performance of Herrmann's music for Fahrenhiet 451! These musicians are listening to the music as they play! And the CD includes unused music as well to give us an idea of Herrmann's full intentions when designing film music. He is THE master of this genre. Mr. Herrmann's orchestrations are perfectly unique in how the sound reflects the world the film connotes and displays. And on a secondary note, the liner notes are articulate and knowleadable.
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Fahrenheit 451 is a very good movie version a book that is among the most prophetic books of the 20th century; right along with 1984, Animal Farm, and Brave New World. Some find the film astringent and sterile... but that is part of the point - the depiction of a future of cold personal interactions, where people pop pills and sit in front of wall-sized TVs (and sometimes the TV watches them) and the past as contained in books is thrown into piles and burned.
Bernard Herrmann was one of the great screen composers and his work on Fahrenheit 451 was among his best. This CD contains the entire score, including music that was cut in the final edit of the film. It expresses the isolation of life in a statist world as well as the interior heartbeat of a couple of the rebel central characters.
As a bonus, the disc also includes Herrmann's track for an early first season episode of The Twilight Zone episode, Walking Distance, which was a
gem of the small screen.
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At long last, a fantastic, faithful version of Bernard Herrmann's best. If you know the film, you know that the music score was just as ambitious and forward looking as Truffaut's film itself. All the more impressive, I think, because it came late in Herrmann's career. Some of his previous scores were written for films that did not really do justice to his talents. This one clearly does, and it shows. And this recording is damn near perfect! It doesn't give away a thing to the original soundtrack, and the sound quality is fantastic. Fahrenheit fans (and Herrmann fans) would be making a mistake if they didn't get a copy of this. Other recordings of this material are disappointing, this one is great. And the addition of Herrmann's wonderful score for Walking Distance, arguably the best episode of The Twilight Zone, only makes this recording more desirable. Don't miss it!
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FWIW - I began wondering about the original 451 conducted by Mr Herrmann vs the re-recordings. I've only recently picked up two different original moves scores releases to compare to three re-recorded versions. The main point is not to discuss the merits of the different version because I thought they all sounded different and actually thought this version, I'm reviewing, sounded slow. I've had it for a very long time and always thought it sounded nice but didn't really wonder about its accuracy till now. Well only directly comparing the starting pieces this particular version sounds spot on to the original but recorded differently so sounds a bit different and generally the instruments much clearer. Really they synchronize very well. I could look at the wavs and check it but they sounded really close to me. So this is a very good version of the recording to check out. The MFSL - The Fantasy Film World is the closest you'll get to Mr Herrmann at the wheel and it sounds very nice. The individual instruments sound clears in this version, generally, but I believe Mr Herrmann uses the low end better. Not that it's deeper but variation of level during the piece. Anyway this is going to be a lot cheaper than the MFSL. Then the discussion could go on forever because firehouse is recorded differently on the MFSL, micing of instruments, and this version sounds closer to the sound of the movie micing. Blah blah blah. Anyway enjoy!
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