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Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 1
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Composed by:
Bernard Herrmann

Produced by:
Nick Redman
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 7th, 1999)
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Buy it... if you seek a handful of Bernard Herrmann's later and lesser known scores for 20th Century Fox on a well-balanced compilation.

Avoid it... if you prefer the flashy, unconventional, and powerful side of Herrmann's output, replaced in these scores by his more harmonic, conversational style of underscore.
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WRITTEN 9/6/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 1: (Bernard Herrmann) In one of the most complete releases of Bernard Herrmann's music in the digital era, veteran producer Nick Redman assembled three original Herrmann scores from his years at 20th Century Fox and rolled them into a strong compilation appropriately titled "Bernard Herrmann at Fox." The Varèse Sarabande label would release two such CDs back to back in the autumn of 1999, followed by a third volume released in early 2000. Herrmann, blessed with the admiration of music director Alfred Newman at Fox, composed more than a third of his scores for that studio (by the mid-sixties, of course, circumstances led Herrmann to become frustrated with Hollywood all together, so he ceased his film scoring in Los Angeles and moved to London to tackle concert-writing and other miscellaneous endeavors). The three scores represented on this first volume of "Herrmann at Fox" come from his later days at the studio, well after his named had been established (though not accepted by all) in Hollywood. Unlike many previous albums of Herrmann's work released by Varèse Sarabande, including Vertigo, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Psycho, and The Trouble with Harry, among others, all of the music on these "Herrmann at Fox" albums is the original recording from each respective film. None of the three scores on the album exhibits the flashy, unconventional, and powerful Herrmann music that many fans are accustomed to. The financial disaster Tender is the Night occupies the largest time on the album and features a softer and more melancholy side of the composer's work. The scoring of the film was extremely troublesome for Herrmann, who was originally removed from the project because he refused to interpolate the original song by veterans Sammy Fain and Paul Francis into his underscore. That song would go on to anchor the film's album (absent of any Herrmann material) and be nominated for an Academy Award. Herrmann reportedly begged to be reinstated, though it would turn out to be Herrmann's last collaboration at Fox due to incoming music director Lionel Newman's distaste for the composer's works.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 74:23
Tender is the Night:
• 1. Main Title* (1:53)
• 2. The Beach (1:02)
• 3. Breakdown (1:18)
• 4. The Mirror (1:38)
• 5. The Dawn (3:40)
• 6. The Closing Door (3:04)
• 7. The Walk (4:31)
• 8. The Lake (1:13)
• 9. Vacation (1:02)
• 10. The Embrace (2:30)
• 11. Honeymoon (2:32)
• 12. The New Year (2:52)
• 13. The Elegy (1:19)
• 14. Thunder (1:14)
• 15. Regrets (1:53)
• 16. The Porthole (0:55)
• 17. Tender is the Night* (2:01)
Man in the Gray Flannel Suit:
• 18. Prelude (1:55)
• 19. The Children's Hour (2:54)
• 20. The Coat (4:34)
• 21. Maria (2:29)
• 22. Maria's Room (3:01)
• 23. The Rain (1:19)
• 24. Farewell (4:58)
• 25. Finale (2:15)

A Hatful of Rain:
• 26. Suite (16:10)
* Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis

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The insert includes lengthy commentary about each score and the circumstances under which they were composed.
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