- Audio CD (December 10, 1991)
- Original Release Date: December 10, 1991
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Mca
- Run Time: 128 minutes
- ASIN: B000002OIW
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cape Fear: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bernard Herrmann's original score to "Cape Fear" has been masterfully conducted by Elmer Bernstein in this album. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Spencer L Holloway
Can a soundtrack be scary without watching the movie ?. Yes, it can, and this one is a good example of how it should be done. Read morePublished on March 2, 2006 by Kurt Olav Helle