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Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 2
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Composed by:
Bernard Herrmann

Produced by:
Nick Redman
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 19th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek the majority of three original recordings by Bernard Herrmann in his earliest years composing for 20th Century Fox.

Avoid it... if you already own the three scores represented on prior album releases, some of which superior in original presentation or re-recorded sound quality.
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WRITTEN 10/26/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Bernard Herrmann at Fox: Volume 2: (Bernard Herrmann) As the works of Bernard Herrmann continued to grow in popularity nearly a quarter of a century after his death, Varèse Sarabande and 20th Century Fox teamed up for series of three albums in 1999 and 2000 that paid tribute to the composer's various work for the studio. The first two volumes featured selections from multiple scores that Herrmann composed for films both early in his employment at Fox (on this album) and late (on the first volume). All of the releases in the "Bernard Herrmann at Fox" series provide the original recordings and are digitally mastered into crisp stereo form. The first volume was released about six weeks prior to the second one, and featured music from Tender is the Night, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, and A Hatful of Rain. The third, released the following year, would offer extended treatment to Anna and the King of Siam. As for this second installment, fans are presented with three equally popular scores from a one-year period in Herrmann's career. Between 1953 and 1954, Fox was in a battle to lure the public away from their television sets and back into the movie theatres, and they achieved this (partially) by using the massive CinemaScope widescreen shooting process. The result was movies with huge and spectacular imagery that required equally powerful scores. And Herrmann, with the blessing of Fox music director Alfred Newman, was the resident man for the job. Having left his more diverse composing career for CBS, Herrmann moved to Los Angeles and was for a while an exclusive Fox composer. While each of the scores on this album has its virtues, the time was not a particularly successful one for the films represented. Each was a financial failure and, with the exception of Prince of Players, critically thrashed.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 71:25
Garden of Evil:
  • 1. Main Title (1:36)
  • 2. Siesta (2:03)
  • 3. Me-Mue (2:24)
  • 4. The Cliffs (2:03)
  • 5. The Chasm (3:33)
  • 6. Hooker (2:03)
  • 7. The Mission (1:10)
  • 8. The Circle (2:05)
  • 9. The Night (2:38)
  • 10. The Quarrel (1:05)
  • 11. The Wooden Cross (1:14)
  • 12. The Mine (1:40)
  • 13. The Feather (1:47)
  • 14. The Wild Party (1:09)
  • 15. Fuller's Devotion (1:22)
  • 16. Fuller's Plan (3:06)
  • 17. Fuller's Death (1:49)
  • 18. The Circle (2:52)
  • 19. The Chase (2:38)
  • 20. The Cards (1:10)
  • 21. The Ridge (1:33)
  • 22. The Return (1:29)
  • 23. The Sharpshooter (1:02)
  • 24. Finale (2:33)
  • Prince of Players:
  • 25. Prelude (2:18)
  • 26. The Closet (2:01)
  • 27. Homecoming (1:11)
  • 28. The Dressing Room (1:26)
  • 29. The Dawn (2:01)
  • 30. The Confession (1:10)
  • 31. John Brown (2:04)

    King of the Khyber Rifles:
  • 32. Main Title (1:53)
  • 33. The Pass (1:37)
  • 34. The Ruins (2:02)
  • 35. The Storm (1:31)
  • 36. The Dunes (2:01)
  • 37. Nocturne (3:48)

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