Alfred Hitchcock commissioned his film scores from composers who were Hollywood’s master-craftsmen. The concert items prepared from those scores feature a dazzling variety of styles, from Baroque and jazz to dark Romanticism and angular angst, all using the orchestra with breathtaking virtuosity. The conductor John Mauceri, as at home with this repertoire as any other musician, has prepared a number of concert suites from the film scores and some of them receive their first recordings here. This recording was made live in concert in Danish Radio’s new concert hall in Copenhagen. The booklet contains an introductory text by John Mauceri and an extensive, illustrated essay on Hitchcock and his use of film music and work with composers byRead more British film-music historian John Riley.
The concert recordings contain some ambient noises and quirks of balance (lots of bass tones). But the pluses are powerful: the orchestra's flair, the vivid colors and audible adrenalin. Even the most dedicated film buff should deepen their appreciation as Hitchkock's composers run the gamut.
– BBC Music Magazine
Hitchcock was the enabler of many hours of orchestral music that are part of the 20th century’s legacy. Herrmann’s scores for Vertigo and Psycho, and Franz Waxman’s for Rear Window, stand out. The Wagnerian Scène d’Amour, from Vertigo, comes over as one of the great slow movements.
Great film music with some interesting premieresSeptember 6, 2014By Dean Frey See All My Reviews"I was pleased to see this new Toccata Classics disc of music from Alfred Hitchcocks films with John Mauceri and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The director was more than normally attuned (no pun intended!) to the role that music could play in the total effect of a film, and his collaboration with Bernard Herrmann is perhaps the greatest of any director/composer pair in the movies. The disc is special for two reasons: the informative and insightful liner essays by Mauceri and John Riley, and the appearance of no fewer than four pieces that have never before been recorded. The most interesting of these is Herrmanns Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra, which Herrmann put together in 1968 from nine cues from the 1960 film. Of the other composers included, Dimitri Tiomkin makes perhaps the biggest impression, with suites from Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder. But everything in the program is of interest, and its all performed at a high level by the Danish orchestra."Report Abuse