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Herrmann: The Film Scores - Vertigo, Psycho, Etc / Salonen


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Sony Classical Super Audio Catalog #: 62700   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

*** This selection is a single-layer Super Audio CD designed for use only on Super Audio CD players. It is also available in standard CD format here. ***


It is becoming increasingly evident that the value of SACD recordings lies in the use of multichannel format. An excellently made new digital recording transfered to SACD will not show much sonic improvement on "low end" surround systems, while the differences between high(er) end regular digital stereo and SACD stereo aren't always significant. This is, of course, a generalization based on limited evidence, but it proves correct in the case of this award-winning disc of
Read more Herrmann film music, which was superbly recorded to begin with. I ran around between several different systems searching for audible differences between formats, but truth to tell, there didn't seem to be any of major import. If you are sold on the SACD format and own a high end system, then by all means grab this disc in its latest incarnation. If you already own it and enjoy it in normal stereo, there's no need to rush out and replace it. But either way, you should own it: you'll find the best available recordings of the music from Psycho, Torn Curtain, and above all, a truly shimmering and mesmerizing account of the suite from Farhenheit 451. I guess the lesson here is simple: great performances and great sound manifest themselves in any format. Period.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Prelude by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. Marnie: Suite by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3. North by Northwest: Overture by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Vertigo: Suite by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 11 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5. Torn Curtain: Prelude by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6. Torn Curtain: Gromek by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7. Torn Curtain: The Killing by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8. Taxi Driver: A Night Piece by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9. Psycho: Suite for Strings by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Hrp and Percussion by Bernard Herrmann
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 1924/96 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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