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Bernard Herrmann: The Snows Of Kilimanjaro, 5 Fingers


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570186   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

More valuable‚ enthusiastically performed additions to the Herrmann discography.

Darryl F Zanuck’s lavish 1952 production for 20th Century Fox of The Snows of Kilimanjaro was a huge box­office hit and drew from Bernard Herrmann some of his most hauntingly pensive inspiration. As the mortally wounded Harry Street looks back over his life and loves‚ Herrmann’s predominantly slow­moving music taps into a vein of poignant heartache and brooding nostalgia that cast a strong spell. The complete score comprises some 20 cues and makes for a slightly bitty 37­minute sequence overall – there’s perhaps less to get one’s teeth into than on some other Herrmann offerings. Incidentally‚ the happy ending (in Hemingway’s
Read more original Harry dies) so incensed the author that he later quipped that the movie should have been entitled ‘The Snows of Zanuck’! After barely a second’s pause‚ we are plunged into the jagged swagger of the opening titles for Five Fingers‚ a stylish spy thriller directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring James Mason. Penned in the late autumn of 1951 and lasting just under 30 minutes‚ it’s a rewarding‚ highly inventive score that never outstays its welcome. Not only are Herrmann’s consistently imaginative orchestrations a very real pleasure (the film’s Turkish settings providing plenty of opportunity for local colour)‚ there’s also a greater variety of expression than in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. I hugely enjoyed making the acquaintance of this little­known gem. Film­music buffs once again owe a huge debt of gratitude to John Morgan for his pains­taking restorations (a task made trickier by the none­too­clear photocopies of the original manuscripts from which he had to work). Praise‚ too‚ for William Stromberg‚ who draws some agreeably sprightly playing from his hard­working Moscow forces. Good‚ if not top­drawer sound‚ and really excellent presentation. A very useful and likeable release‚ in sum‚ if one primarily for die­hards.

-- Gramophone [12/2001] Reviewing Marco Polo 8225168
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Works on This Recording

1. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Overture by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
2. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Nocturne by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
3. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Memory Waltz by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
4. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Adagietto by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
5. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Silence by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
6. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Fall by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
7. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Sorrow by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
8. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Awakening by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
9. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Barcarolle by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
10. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Interlude 1 by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
11. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Interlude 2 by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
12. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Letter by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
13. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Farewell by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
14. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The River by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
15. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Hyena by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
16. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Helen by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
17. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Witch Doctor by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
18. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: The Death-watch by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
19. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Panic by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
20. The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Finale by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Morgan. 
21. 5 Fingers by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Overture
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Nocturne
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Memory Waltz
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Adagietto
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Silence
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Fall
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Sorrow
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Awakening
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Barcarolle
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Interlude I
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Interlude II
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Letter
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Farewell
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The River
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Hyena
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Helen
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Witch Doctor
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): The Death-watch
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Panic
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (restored J. Morgan): Finale
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Prelude
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Cicero
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Embassy
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Film
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Old Street
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Safe
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Dreams
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Five Weeks
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Romance
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Departure
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Alone
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Charwoman
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Escape
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Pursuit
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): The Boat
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Rio
5 Fingers (restored J. Morgan): Finale

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