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


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 92767   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 also available in the Super Audio CD format here.

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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 Herrmann film music, which was superbly recorded to begin with. I ran around
Read more 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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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: 04/1996 
Venue:  Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, CA 

Sound Samples

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Prelude
Prelude
The City
The Rainstorm
The Madhouse
The Murder
The Water
The Swamp
The Stairs
The Knife
The Cellar
Finale
I. Prelude
II. The Hunt
North by Northwest: Overture
I. Prelude
II. The Nightmare
III. Scène D'Amour
I. Prelude
II. Gromek
III. The Killing
Prelude
Fire Engine
The Bedroom
The Reading
The Garden
The Nightmare
Flowers of Fire
Flamethrower
The Captain's Death
The Road
Finale
Prelude
Blues
Night Prowl
Bloodbath
Finale

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great music from Hollywood's golden age November 22, 2014 By F. Blanco (Miami, FL) See All My Reviews "Great performances and sound. Salonen and LAPO really outdid themselves here. The music is treated just as seriously as if they were recording a more "serious" composer. And great music it is. Hey, even Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelsshon wrote "incidental" music. Moods shift from purely romantic (Vertigo and Marnie) to rough-and-tumble excitement (North by Northwest) to jarring and frightening (Psycho, of course), it runs the gamut. I've known about this recording since it was released in 1996. I can't believe I waited this long to get it." Report Abuse
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