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A History of Hitchcock: Dial M For Murder
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted and Co-Produced by:
Paul Bateman

Co-Produced by:
Mike Ross-Trevor
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(December 10th, 1993)
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Buy it... only if it's available for $0.99 and you don't own subsequent Silva compilations of music from Hitchcock films.

Avoid it... if you'd rather seek a superior 1999 compilation combining all of Silva's Hitchcock-related offerings into one set.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,529
WRITTEN 11/1/96, REVISED 7/24/06
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A History of Hitchcock: Dial M For Murder: (Compilation) In the late 1990's there was a huge rush to release compilations of music from Alfred Hitchcock's films, some of which included original recordings while others were tied specifically to the director's famous collaboration with Bernard Herrmann. Silva Screen Records produced arguably the best entry in the series, called "Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock," and that 1999 album contained all of the same arrangements or direct performances that could previously be heard on two collections of Hitchcock-related film scores in the early 1990's that beat most of the other labels to the punch. Back in the very early years of Silva Screen Records, the performances by the City of Prague Philharmonic often featured outstanding individual renditions, but group also had the capability of belting out some stinkers now and then. Thus, early Silva compilations, like the Edel compilations before them, varied wildly in quality. Half of the performances would range from decent to very good, while others were simply unlistenable. Silva Screen would eventually become a leader in the production of compilation recordings in outstanding sound quality, whether in Dolby, HDCD, or other budding technologies. They did produce a handful of compilations in the few years following 1993 that did not feature this superior sound, however, and while the two early Hitchcock compilations did offer decent quality comparable to any new 1993-1995 release, they had not yet provided these pieces in the surround sound they would eventually advertise. The eventual release of the 1999 2-CD compilation of Hitchcock score themes from Silva rendered these original two CDs completely useless. That set would include everything on these two CDs and add a performance of Herrmann's rejected theme from Torn Curtain. While Silva has a tendency to recycle the exact same recordings on future albums, the 1999 set seems, upon casual comparison, to have different recordings of a few items. The truth behind that observation remains to be known, however.



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Total Time: 64:19
The Alfred Hitchcock Theme (Charles Gounod)
• 1. Funeral March of the Marionette (4:14)

Rebecca (Franz Waxman)
• 2. Prelude/After the Ball/Mrs. Danvers/Confession Scene/Manderley in Flames (7:08)

Suspicion (Franz Waxman)
• 3. Prelude/Sunday Morning (4:37)

Spellbound (Miklos Rozsa)
• 4. Concerto for Orchestra (9:34)

Under Capricorn (Richard Addinsell)
• 5. Suite (7:03)

Dial M For Murder (Dimitri Tiomkin)
• 6. Main Title/The Telephone/The Trap/Finale (7:15)

Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
• 7. Scene D'Amour (5:07)

North By Northwest (Bernard Herrmann)
• 8. Main Title (3:19)

Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
• 9. Prelude/The City/Rainstorm/Murder/Finale (7:22)

Marnie (Bernard Herrman)
• 10. Prelude (2:57)

Topaz (Maurice Jarre)
• 11. March from Topaz (2:34)

Frenzy (Ron Goodwin)
• 12. The London Theme (2:26)

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The insert includes extensive information about the scores and films.
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