Bernard Herrmann: Great Film Music
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Unfortunately it is not available as I write this. Last time I visited this Amazon site, there was one CD for sale for almost $60. You'll have to make up your own mind if this music is worth that much to you. I made my choice long ago to own this and keep it in my library, conceivably forever.
With five film scores, 35 tracks and 72 minutes of the most high grade science fiction music, this CD should be considered the definitive source for Bernard Herrmann's non-Hitchcock film scores. Not only did he conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra in these recordings, the composer approved of the Phase 4 recording and mixing. It is, as the notes say, a unique listening experience.
I have found this CD to be a constant source of imagination, vision and scope in film music that still has no peer 30 years after its production. The opening sequence to "Journey To The Center of the Earth" is better than it ever was in the theater, where the music was a hackneyed backdrop to an incredilbe film. In this CD, the music dwarfs the film action.
My favorite sequence in this issue is Herrmann's work for the Ray Bradbury novella "Fahrenheit 451", which was recast in some minds recently when "Fahrenheit 911" appeared in theaters throughout the country.
Every bit of the miracle of that little film is projected through this eerily wonderful music, which seems to comprise a world of its own. The sections help recall Sontag's first trip on the fire engine, the bedroom fire and the finale.Read more ›
I have owned this recording since 1974 and have listened to it dozens of times. I know of no other orchestral recording which sounds as good as this one does, combining an absolutely perfect recording technique with music of unparalleled brilliance and variety of color. When you hear the crescendo with the pipe organs in the Finale of Journey to the Center of the Earth, or the "dueling" percussion of Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, or the sweeping harps in "Flowers of Fire" and poignant strings in "The Road and Finale" of Fahrenheit 451, you'll agree. Herrman's several other LPs in the Phase 4 series were great, too, and I recommend those as well.
The Phase 4 sound is to my ears the absolute gold standard. That this stunning program was performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra can only recommend it, too. This is the very ensemble which also in the 1970s, led by Charles Gerhardt, recorded for RCA the next best sounding series of film music recordings ever done. This group knew how to project and display maximum color! If you ever see this CD, BERNARD HERRMANN GREAT FILM MUSIC, available, get it. (That goes for the LP, also, for those of you with a turntable.) You will never regret it.
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It's likely no coincidence that many of my favorite fantasy films of all time share a common composer - Bernard Herrmann! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ramm
Mr. Hermann certainly knew how to write for movies and every note expresses the events at hand, the emotions of those who are witnessing events or watching. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by Leo
If I could, I surely would. A recent viewing of "Journey" prompted me to retrieve (once again) and give it a listen. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by johcafra
I had this on vinyl - from the '70's! It was one of my favorite albums. Never figured it would ever be available on CD. It took me about five seconds to decide to purchase. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Lauri Boehlert
When we think of classic music of the 20th century, we automatically think of Bernstein or John Williams. Read morePublished on February 14, 2010 by C. Parker
I have heard Mr. Herrmann's music and it is a very stimulating piece for background movie music. This has some of what I was looking for. Satisfied with purchase.Published on February 10, 2010 by John Sweeney Jr.
WOW, movie freaks! Everything that made those thrilling films sound and FEEL thrilling is here. I've got a collection of vinyl film scores, but without the pop and click of... Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by By Mark Braun