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Herrmann / Hitchcock: A Partnership In Terror (Film Score Anthology)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann make one of the great director- composer collaborations, but Herrmann's scores for such films as Vertigo and North by Northwest are among the greatest music ever written for the screen... more »
Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann make one of the great director- composer collaborations, but Herrmann's scores for such films as Vertigo and North by Northwest are among the greatest music ever written for the screen. From the ecstatic longing of Vertigo's "Scene D'Amour" to the infamous shrieking violins in Psycho, Herrmann's music here reveals him to be a composer of the first rank. Other unforgettable moments: the headlong "Overture" to North by Northwest and the brooding "Prelude" from Marnie. Herrmann's unusual instrumentation, off-kilter rhythms, and dark, tortured melodies create a world in which safety is a sad, distant illusion and sudden terror lies behind the commonplace. Almost every track here can stand on its own, but when added to Hitchcock's masterpieces of suspense, the results are sheer genius. --Heidi MacDonald
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TUCO H. | Los Angeles, CA | 08/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon needs to rewrite this page to indicate next to the song titles all the different Hitchcock films this CD covers. It is an excellent collection, masterfully performed at a bargain price. The best parts of the famous 'Psycho,' 'Vertigo,' 'North by Northwest,' scores are included alongside more choice stuff from less popular Hichtcock films like 'The Trouble with Harry' and 'Marnie.' I have no complaints except the shower scene in Psycho is a little tame compared to the movie version."
Kirk Groeneveld | 04/30/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"i love hitchcock, and i ADORE bernard herrmann - his string writing is truly amazing. i've been studying a lot of string music this past year or so, of course no one in academia much talks about him, my interest in him is all extracurricular, but he continues to be a favorite of mine. this cd is mostly orchestral, with the exception of the pieces from psycho, and the prague orchestra is out of tune! i didn't read the fine print and was expecting these to be the original recordings, and they are definitely not! the strings do ok, not great, but the winds and brass are really disappointing. the selection on the cd is great, the artistic direction is good, but i am really distracted by the intonation."
"excellent sampler of genius vs genius---Herrmann/Hitchcock"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both men have a common bond, a talent, perhaps the greatest in their field, which many would label "genius", and you know I believe they have my vote---Herrmann and Hitchcock did more for films, a marriage of directing and composing---films were never the same after their collaboration.Let's look at some we remember as if it were yesterday ~ "THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY"(1955)---"THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH"(1956)---"VERTIGO"(1958)---"NORTH BY NORTHWEST"(1959)---"PSYCO"(1960) suspense and horror, they both re-wrote the "Entertainment Industry Guidelines" that year---"THE BIRDS"(1963)---"MARNIE"(1964)---"TORN CURTAIN"(1965), this was the end of an era, closing the book on a partnership in terror.Of course the stand outs ~ "VERTIGO", featuring Jimmy Stewart and the beautiful Kim Novak, the dream-like opening, as if spinning out of a state of being, Herrmann captures the essence perfectly, so haunting and simply unforgettable---"NORTH BY NORTHWEST", only Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint could keep the audience entertained, but it was Herrmann's score that kept them on the edge of their seat...repetition of tiny musical fragments, you hear running through the entire score, a masterpiece within film, highlighted by our composers very nature, that cinema needs music.Total Time: 45:37 on 12 Tracks ~ Silva Screen Records 5005 ~ (1996)"