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Compilation Produced by:
Robert Townson

Conducted by:
Jerry Goldsmith
John Debney
Cliff Eidelman
Joel McNeely
Frederic Talgorn
Elmer Bernstein
...and more

Artwork and Photography by:
Matthew Joseph Peak
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 27th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Several selections were nominated for (or won) Academy Awards.




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Buy it... if you've been pondering the purchase one of Varèse's re-recordings but are still unsure about where to start, because this set is a really good starter kit at a reasonable price.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by the heavily weighted attention towards Golden and Silver Age material on this compilation.
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WRITTEN 4/6/01, REVISED 11/28/08
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In Session: A Film Music Celebration: (Compilation) Throughout the late 1990's, the Varèse Sarabande label sponsored the recordings and album releases of an extensive amount of famous film music, almost all of which aimed at the Golden and Silver Ages of Hollywood. The 2001 double-CD set "In Session: A Film Music Celebration" is the ultimate souvenir from Varèse's lengthy collection of re-recordings of classic scores over that span, and the album served as the exclamation point on such endeavors that unfortunately waned in subsequent years. Primarily with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow, Varèse's executive producer Robert Townson contracted for a seemingly endless stream of re-recordings of complete scores from classic films and composers, some of which not appealing to enough listeners to earn decent returns in record form. Still, the majority of these efforts yielded newly discovered life in especially scores of the 1960's, with music from the 1940's through the 1990's represented in total. While many of the original versions of these scores exist on other labels, these re-recordings offer interpretations, often extremely close to the originals, by top contemporary composers who regularly conducted the performing groups at the time. Composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, and Joel McNeely took time off from their composing duties for new films to re-record these scores for Varèse Sarabande in the U.K. and America, and in the case of Goldsmith, this often meant a superior re-recording of the composer's own works. In some cases, with McNeely, Cliff Eidelman, and Frederic Talgorn conducting, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra had re-recorded the top yearly themes of the 1990's, too, although none of these more modern efforts appears on this set.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 142:44
CD1: (71:20)

• 1. 2001 - Main Title (Alex North) - 1968 (1:37)
Jerry Goldsmith - National Philharmonic Orchestra
• 2. Rebecca - Main Title, Foreword and Opening Scene (Franz Waxman) - 1940 (4:39)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 3. Citizen Kane - Salaambo's Aria (Bernard Herrmann) - 1941 (4:11)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Janice Watson, soprano
• 4. That Hamilton Woman - Love Theme (Miklós Rózsa) - 1941 (4:26)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 5. Anna and the King of Siam - Elegy (Bernard Herrmann) - 1947 (4:23)
Joel McNeely - Seattle Symphony Orchestra
• 6. Captain from Castile - Conquest (Alfred Newman) - 1947 (3:18)
Cliff Eidelman - Seattle Symphony Orchestra
• 7. A Streetcar Named Desire - Stan Meets Blanche (Alex North) - 1951 (3:03)
Jerry Goldsmith - National Philharmonic Orchestra
• 8. Viva Zapata! - Gathering Forces (Alex North) - 1952 (3:48)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 9. The Trouble With Harry - Overture and Autumn (Bernard Herrmann) - 1955 (2:16)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 10. Peyton Place - Swimming Scene (Franz Waxman) - 1957 (5:37)
Frederic Talgorn - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 11. Vertigo - Prelude and Rooftop (Bernard Herrmann) - 1958 (4:54)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 12. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad - Overture (Bernard Herrmann) - 1958 (2:05)
John Debney - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 13. The Twilight Zone - Walking Distance: Memories (Bernard Herrmann) 1960 - (2:50)
Conducted by Joel McNeely
• 14. Psycho - Prelude and The City (Bernard Herrmann) - 1960 (4:09)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 15. The 3 Worlds of Gulliver - The Lilliputains and The Duel (Bernard Herrmann) - 1960 (2:48)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 16. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Moon River (Henry Mancini) - 1961 (5:39)
Michael Lang, piano
• 17. To Kill a Mockingbird - End Title (Elmer Bernstein) - 1962 (3:25)
Elmer Bernstein - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 18. Marnie - The Hunt (Bernard Herrmann) - 1964 (4:18)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 19. Hamlet - Ball at the Palace (Dmitri Shostakovich) - 1965 (2:59)
Cliff Eidelman - Royal Scottish National Orchestra


CD2: (71:24)

• 1. The Agony and the Ecstacy - Main Title (Alex North) - 1965 (2:58)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 2. The Sand Pebbles - Overture (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1966 (2:28)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Moon and Main Title (Alex North) - 1966 (3:54)
Jerry Goldsmith - National Philharmonic Orchestra
• 4. Born Free - Playtime (John Barry) - 1966 (3:21)
Frederic Talgorn - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 5. Fahrenheit 451 - The Road (Bernard Herrmann) - 1967 (3:43)
Joel McNeely - Seattle Symphony Orchestra
• 6. Patton - Entr'acte (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1970 (2:16)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 7. Tora! Tora! Tora! - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1970 (3:17)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 8. Jaws - Man Against Beast (John Williams) - 1975 (5:15)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 9. Midway - Main Title and End Title (John Williams) - 1976 (5:15)
Rick Wentworth - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 10. Superman: The Movie - Love Theme (John Williams) - 1978 (5:01)
John Debney - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 11. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Enterprise (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1979 (6:07)
Jerry Goldsmith - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 12. Somewhere In Time - Theme (John Barry) - 1980 (3:37)
John Debney - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 13. Body Heat - Main Title (John Barry) - 1981 (3:52)
Joel McNeely - London Symphony Orchestra
• 14. Out of Africa - Main Title (John Barry) - 1985 (3:14)
Joel McNeely - Royal Scottish National Orchestra
• 15. Platoon - Theme (Georges Delerue) - 1986 (6:54)
Conducted by Georges Delerue, 1989
• 16. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Xizor's Theme (Joel McNeely) - 1996 (4:36)
Joel McNeely- Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus
• 17. Taras Bulba - Ride of the Cossacks (Franz Waxman) - 1962 (4:51)
Cliff Eidelman - Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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The insert includes lengthy commentary by Robert Townson, with information regarding each score.
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