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The Film Music of Bernard Herrmann

Release date: 23 Feb 2010, CHAN10577


Martin Roscoe, Orla Boylan, BBC Philharmonic , Rumon Gamba, Rumon Gamba


Bernard Herrmann, Stephen Hogger




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“…The BBC Philharmonic and Rumon Gamba do the music proud. …this excellently produced, vividly recorded release can be enthusiastically recommended.”

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“Two fine scores from Bernard Herrmann, excellently presented by Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.” ****


“Admirers of Hermann’s firm music shouldn’t hesitate to snap this up.”

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Hangover Square (arr. S. Hogger) 16:55   $
The Dealer - Murder and Fire - Confession 06:21   $
Netta - The Spell - The Murder - Fame 04:29   $
The Cat - Netta's Death - The Bonfire - Recovery 06:05   $
Concerto Macabre (Hangover Square, 1945) 11:1   $
Concerto Macabre (Hangover Square, 1945) 11:01   $
Citizen Kane 48:33   $
Prelude - Rain - Thatcher Library - Manuscript Reading and Snow Picture - Mother's Sacrifice - Charles Meets Thatcher 08:10   $
Galop - Dissolve Thatcher Reading Document - Second Manuscript - Thanks - Bernstein's Narration - Kane's New Office - New Hornpipe Polka - Carter's Exit - Chronicle Scherzo - Bernstein's Presto 07:15   $
Kane's Return - Collecting Statues - Valse Presentation - Sunset Narrative - Theme and Variations 07:38   $
Kane meets Susan - Susan's Room - Mother Memory - The Trip - Geddes's Departure - Kane Marries 05:40   $
Salammbo's Aria 04:12   $
Leland's Dismissal - New Dawn Music - Xanadu - Jigsaws - Second Xanadu 07:10   $
Kane's Picnic - Susan Leaves - El Rancho - The Glass Ball - Finale 08:28   $

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Brilliant as both a conductor and composer, Bernard Herrmann is arguably the most innovative film composer of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. He provided background music for 47 feature films released between 1941 and 1976, including such cinema classics as Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Taxi Driver and is especially recognised for his work with Alfred Hitchcock.

Herrmann rejected the term ‘film composer’; rather, he thought of himself as a composer who worked on films. He admired Vaughan Williams, Walton and Prokofiev who were able to compose great works for films as well as for the concert hall. These musical influences resulted in his own scores challenging the way film scores were viewed, taking them from a late addition to an art.

Often cited as the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane was Herrmann’s first film score. Much has been made of Orson Welle’s influence over cinema history but Bernard Herrmann’s score plays no small part in the film’s incredible success and earned him a nomination for Academy Award for best dramatic score. Film noir, Hangover Square is based on Patrick Hamilton’s novel of the same name. This dark movie has a similarly dark score that was influenced by Richard Addinsell’s success with ‘Warsaw Concerto’. The final scene sees the character, Bone mesmerizingly playing his great piano concerto, as flames consume all around him. Stephen Sondheim has referred to Herrmann’s score as a major influence on his musical Sweeney Todd.

Recorded in: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, 24 and 25 March (all works except 'Salammbô's Aria') and 14 July ('Salammbô's Aria') 2009.

The Film Music of Bernard Herrmann

Category Orchestral

Period Early 20th, Late 20th

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