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Herrmann: The Snows Of Kilimanjaro, Etc / Stromberg, Moscow


Release Date: 09/18/2001 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8225168   Spars Code: DDD 
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

Marco Polo's classic film score series continues with two of Bernard Herrmann's finer pre-Hitchcock efforts. Both scores are from 1952 and are among the first projects Herrmann completed after moving from New York to Los Angeles and signing with 20th Century Fox. The films were box-office as well as artistic triumphs for Fox--and for Herrmann. As usual with Herrmann scores, the music is so intricately bound up with the visual images that it sometimes sounds less than distinctive when divorced from the film. Herrmann wisely compiled suites of a number of his scores (he recorded the Snows of Kilimanjaro Suite for Decca), making for a more cohesive and dramatically satisfying presentation of the music for the concert hall.

Read more /> Of the two featured here, 5 Fingers is the more consistently interesting, highlighted by exotic scene painting (with its suggestions of Turkish folk music) and powerfully dramatic passages in the final episodes. Kilimanjaro has its own colorful moments as well, opening with a swirling, snow-swept overture in the style of Mussorgsky. Other highlights include the lovely and poignant Memory Waltz and the intense sequence for The River. William Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra uncannily evoke classic Hollywood with their stylistically true, brilliantly played renditions of Herrmann's inimitable music. The recording quality is far superior to what any original soundtrack could offer, even if it is somewhat shallow in perspective. Film music fans, and especially Herrmann fans, will be thrilled.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
2. 5 Fingers by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

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

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