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Hollywood Nightmares / Mauceri, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra


Release Date: 08/30/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 442425   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sam PerryMax SteinerJohn T. WilliamsBernard Herrmann,   ... 
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Mauceri continues his exploration of Hollywood's musical past with this entertaining programme of music from movies that deal with various manifestations of horror, from giant monsters and diabolical intervention to far less visible psychological phenomena. The disc opens imaginatively with a brief dialogue excerpt from the soundtrack of The Phantom of the Opera (the 1925 Lon Chaney version that was reissued four years later with sound effects and music) synchronized to a new recording of the background score, but rather more familiar are the excerpts from Jurassic Park, Vertigo and The Omen, though Mauceri's readings are not particularly distinctive.

He fares much better with Max Steiner's bold, dramatic Overture to King
Read more Kong written specifically for the film's 1933 premiere, Rozsa's richly romantic Spellbound Concerto (heard here in a lengthier, more restrained and beautifully shaded performance than is customary, led by a fluent contribution from Stephen Hough that fully merits the ''Bravo!'' expressed by the composer just as the music dies away) and, most notably, the two Waxman suites, both of which differ in several fascinating ways from the performances already recorded. Sunset Boulevard, for example, has been edited by Mauceri himself and at 13'45'' is almost twice as long as the Gerhardt version for RCA (11/91). The lush but appropriately noir-ish sourness of this Oscar-winning score (which clearly influenced David Cullen's superb orchestrations for Lloyd Webber's stage version of the film) is never less than compelling here, whilst the vivid suite from the 1941 adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, though recorded several years ago by Stanley Black (Silva Screen, 4/89), is arguably more impressive in Mauceri's hands, particularly in the sequence where a distant chorus sing ''You should see me dance the polka'' in counterpoint with the unsettling phrases describing Jekyll's transformation into his evil alter-ego. Once again the warmth of the old MGM sound stage provides a reliably beefy and sympathetic acoustic.'

Robert Seeley, Gramophone [1/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Phantom of the Opera: Through the Looking Glass by Sam Perry
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
2.
King Kong: Overture by Max Steiner
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
3.
Jurassic Park: Main Theme by John T. Williams
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
4.
Vertigo: Prelude by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
5.
Vertigo: Scene d'Amour by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
6.
Concerto for Piano "Spellbound" by Miklós Rózsa
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
7.
Body Heat: Main Theme by John Barry
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
8.
The Omen: Main Theme by Jerry Goldsmith
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
9.
Dracula: Night Journeys by John T. Williams
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
10.
Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde: Suite by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
11.
Le sacre du printemps: no 14, Danse sacrale by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Switzerland 
12.
Sunset Boulevard: Sonata for Orchestra by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 

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