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Bernard Herrmann: Great Film Music
Captured on this one disc are the great film scores Bernard Herrmann did for several classic science fiction films of the '50s and '60s. Herrmann did not go in for simple atmospherics and cheap orchestral tricks with his... more »
Captured on this one disc are the great film scores Bernard Herrmann did for several classic science fiction films of the '50s and '60s. Herrmann did not go in for simple atmospherics and cheap orchestral tricks with his music. He knew that the music would have to conjure a mental world all its own. This is especially true in "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad". It's a tone poem Rimsky-Korsakov could have written. The best here is "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with its use of the (then) revolutionary theremin. It's a clear masterpiece, all on its own. --Paul Cook
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THE absolute best EVER
Stuart M. Paine | Arlington, VA USA | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Phase 4 Stereo recording is an expanded version of the 1974 LP, THE FANTASY FILM WORLD OF BERNARD HERRMANN. That LP had Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Fahrenheit 451. Gulliver's Travels (26 min.) had originally shared another LP with suites from Mysterious Island and Jason and the Argonauts.
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."
Must Have for Hermann Fans
Big Jake | Irving, TX | 01/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection of Bernard Hermann's sci-fi / fantasy film scores is simply a must - own for any fan of his music. All pieces conducted by Hermann himself. If you liked the movies, you'll love the scores. Missing from this disc, however, are selections from Mysterious Island. Hermann was a genius, and his genius was nowhere better displayed than in his decision to use an obsolete instrument, the serpent, to accompany the giant chameleon in Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Herrmann sounds better than ever
Dan Day | South Bend, IN | 04/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bernard Herrmann:Great Film Music is a compilation of Herrmann's film scores for fantastic cinema. Included are music selections from Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Fahrenheit 451, and Gulliver's Travels. The sound quality is excellent-it is full and rich. The disc is actually a reproduction by ArkivMusic. I was worried about this at first, but everything about this disc is top rate. Highly recommended for Bernard Herrmann fans."