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Hitchcock, 100 Years: A Bernard Herrmann Film Score Tribute
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Music Composed by:
Bernard Herrmann

Compilation Produced by:
Russell Ziecker

Conducted by:

Performed by:
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Milan Records
(August 10th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a true collector of the Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock collaboration, for Milan Record's presentation here is more educational than enjoyable.

Avoid it... if hearing the deep, raspy voice of Herrmann making commentary every third track could ruin the flow of the sparse, Elmer Bernstein-conducted selections.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,174
WRITTEN 7/29/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Hitchcock, 100 Years: A Bernard Herrmann Film Score Tribute: (Compilation) No director has been the subject of as many film music compilations as Alfred Hitchcock, partly due to his famous collaboration with Bernard Herrmann during the later and more memorable series of suspense and horror films that reached their height in the 1960's. The shelves of record stores were overflowing with albums offering the music of Alfred Hitchcock films in 1999, mostly because they intended to celebrate the centenary of the director's birth. Of all the Hitchcock compilations that hit the shelves of stores during that year, this Milan Records product was constructed from the most intriguing concept. While Silva Screen and Universal (through their relatively new Hip-O Records label at the time) had released superior compilations of original and re-recorded music from the famed director's film scores, Milan had the idea of taking a series of re-recordings of Herrmann's music alone and arranging them in an educational format highlighted by verbal commentary from the composer himself. For the source of the music, Milan would turn to a collection of re-recordings performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Elmer Bernstein. These performances were recorded back in 1992 and have been floating around on CD previously. In fact, Bernstein's recording of The Wrong Box was featured on the Hip-O release of Hitchcock music only a month earlier. The quality of the sound for these recording is crisp, and the performances are above average. Bernstein ranks with Joel McNeely in the ability to conduct Herrmann's music accurately; he had just adapted the entire score for the remake of Cape Fear just a year prior. As presented on "Hitchcock, 100 Years: Bernard Herrmann Tribute," though, there is actually not that much Herrmann material on this release (only about 27 minutes total). That which is included is the standard selection of cues that most film music collectors have heard on countless other compilations.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 33:16
• 1. Bernard Herrmann Quote*: "Impact of Cinema" (0:53)
• 2. Psycho: Prelude/The Murder/Finale (6:36)
• 3. Vertigo: Scene d'Amour (6:39)
• 4. Bernard Herrmann Quote*: "Hitchcock" (1:09)
• 5. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Cantata/The Storm Clouds (Arthur Benjamin) (8:16)
• 6. North by Northwest: Prelude (3:08)
• 7. Bernard Herrmann Quote*: "Emotion of Cinema Music" (1:32)
• 8. The Wrong Man: Prelude (2:08)
• 9. Psycho: The Murder, 1999 Remix (1:33)
• 10. Bernard Herrmann Quote*: "Composer's Responsibility" (1:06)
* Excerpts from Herrmann interview (no music)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a short note about the music and production of album. The packaging is very poorly designed, with text that is extremely difficult to read. Nowhere on the exterior of the product is it revealed that the music on the compilation is re-recorded, which is an unacceptably deceptive blunder.
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