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Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Collection
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Composed by:
Bernard Herrmann

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Paul Bateman
Nic Raine

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen
(March 23rd, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a very well-rounded and, for the most part, superbly performed collection of re-recordings representing the career of Bernard Herrmann.

Avoid it... if the composer's work has never at the least intrigued you, for this compilation is about the best re-introduction to his work that you can find.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,149
WRITTEN 9/3/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Film Music Collection: (Compilation) Several record labels have attempted to pay tribute to the great career of Bernard Herrmann, but few have succeeded as well as Silva Screen. For the purpose of celebrating anniversaries, among other reasons, the spring and summer of 1999 was a time when a plethora of compilations of music from the careers of Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock was produced. Most of these compilations offered similar, stale renditions of the usual Psycho and Vertigo variety. Silva Screen managed to avoid the pitfalls of most of these entries by the mere depth of their albums. Very much like the John Barry "Zulu" compilation released by Silva at about the same time, this 2-CD "Citizen Kane" tribute to the career of Herrmann features an excellent balance of classic themes and lesser known gems. The most rewarding recordings on this album, though, are the inclusions from those scores that casual fans haven't heard too often before, such as On Dangerous Ground, The Naked and the Dead, and Mysterious Island. While these scores won't strike any memories for 99% of movie-goers, there exists no need to elaborate on Herrmann's career, which stands on its own glorious, rule-breaking merits. His unconventional rhythms and instrumentation make his music distinctly his own, and few composers who have attempted to do the same in the years since his death in 1975 have succeeded. On the "Citizen Kane" set, Silva visits all the major players and ends with Taxi Driver, the score Herrmann never had the opportunity to hear in the finished picture.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 110:43
CD1 (55:07)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (2:16)
• 1. Prelude

Citizen Kane (2:46)
• 2. Overture

On Dangerous Ground - Suite (10:37)
• 3. Prelude
• 4. Blindness
• 5. The Silence
• 6. The Hunt
• 7. Finale

North by Northwest - Suite (8:01)
• 8. Prelude
• 9. Conversation Piece

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (2:00)
• 10. Main Title

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (5:00)
• 11. Prelude/Finale

Torn Curtain (6:06)
• 12. Main Title/Gromek/The Killing

The Twilight Zone (2:49)
• 13. Themes

Marnie (2:59)
• 14. Prelude

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (4:23)
• 15. Memory Waltz

Cape Fear (5:41)
• 16. Prelude/The School & Panic/Finale

Jason and the Argonauts (1:59)
• 17. Prelude
CD2 (55:36)

The Naked and the Dead (2:16)
• 1. Prelude

The Day the Earth Stood Still - Suite (5:40)
• 2. Outer Space
• 3. Radar
• 4. Farewell & Finale

The Three Worlds of Gulliver (2:01)
• 5. Overture

Obsession (1:45)
• 6. Valse Lente

Psycho (7:24)
• 7. Prelude/The City/Rainstorm Murder/Finale

Mysterious Island - Suite (9:10)
• 8. Prelude
• 9. The Balloon
• 10. Giant Bees
• 11. The Giant Crab

The Trouble with Harry (8:47)
• 12. A Portrait of Hitch

Vertigo - Suite (10:10)
• 13. Prelude/The Nightmare
• 14. Scene D'Amour

Taxi Driver (8:03)
• 15. Night Piece for Saxophone & Orchestra

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits.
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