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Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Paul Bateman

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(September 21st, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're a collector of Alfred Hitchcock's films and are interested in a superior collection of re-recorded themes and suites from the scores for those films.

Avoid it... if you are primarily interested in the Bernard Herrmann cues that dominate the second CD in this set, for they are available alone on a concurrent set from the same label.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #843
WRITTEN 10/31/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock: (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, and certainly there is overlap between most of these albums. Some record labels put forth items that featured original cues both used and unused in the original films, while others have presented all new re-recordings of the most famous cues. Even others have offered a combination of the above through the years. This late 1999 compilation from Silva Screen, titled 'Psycho: The Essential Alfred Hitchcock,' comes after many of the other entries of the year and includes fresh re-recordings of a vast amount of material (over 130 minutes) from many of Hitchcock's films. With the sonic clarity that always accompanies these Silva compilations, this is a chance to hear your favorite Hitchcock cues in resounding surround sound stereo. For astute collectors of Silva products, you'll note immediately that much of the material on the second CD has been released previously by the label. All of the selections by Bernard Herrmann can be heard on the Herrmann-only compilation by Silva earlier in the year; the tracks on both products feature the exact same performances. Working against some of the Herrmann material, as good as it is, is the fact that so many film music collectors have heard so many different renditions of the "Hitchcock/Herrmann" variety of scores that they potentially become tedious. The exceptions to this tendency are the Vertigo cues, which are difficult to neglect under any circumstance, and Herrmann's rejected suite of material from Torn Curtain, which is always an fascinating study for those interested in how the composer's unwillingness to conform to studio expectations brought the famed collaboration to an abrupt halt.



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Total Time: 101:36
CD 1: (69:23)

• 1. The Alfred Hitchcock Theme (Charles Gounod) - Funeral March of the Marionette (4:18)
• 2. The Thirty Nine Steps (Jack Beaver/Louis Levy) - Suite (4:06)
• 3. The Lady Vanishes Louis Levy/Charles Williams) - Prelude (3:06)
• 4. Rebecca (Franz Waxman) - Suite (7:09)
• 5. Suspicion (Franz Waxman) - Prelude/Sunday Morning (4:41)
• 6. Lifeboat - 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Hugo Friedhofer/Alfred Newman) - Disaster (3:06)
• 7. Spellbound (Miklós Rózsa) - Concerto for Orchestra (9:32)
• 8. Rope (Francis Poulenc/David Buttolph) - Main Titles (2:11)
• 9. Under Capricorn (Richard Addinsell) - Suite (7:06)
• 10. Stage Fright (Leighton Lucas/Philip Lane) - Rhapsody (5:01)
• 11. Strangers on a Train (Dimitri Tiomkin) - Suite (7:48)
• 12. Dial M For Murder (Dimitri Tiomkin) - Suite (7:20)
• 13. Rear Window (Franz Waxman) - Lisa (3:50)

CD 2: (63:26)

• 1. To Catch a Thief - Paramount Vista Vision Fanfare (Lyn Murray/Nathan Van Cleave) - Suite (5:54)
• 2. The Trouble With Harry (Bernard Herrmann) - A Portrait of Hitch (8:49)
• 3. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Bernard Herrmann) - Prelude (2:17)
• 4. Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann) - Prelude/The Nightmare (5:01)
• 5. Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann) - Scene D'Amour (5:11)
• 6. North By Northwest (Bernard Herrmann) - Prelude (3:21)
• 7. North By Northwest (Bernard Herrmann) - Conversation Piece (4:43)
• 8. Psycho (Bernard Herrmann) - Suite for String Orchestra (7:26)
• 9. Marnie (Bernard Herrmann) - Prelude (3:01)
• 10. Torn Curtain (Bernard Herrmann) - Suite for the Unused Score (6:08)
• 11. Torn Curtain (John Addison) - Main Title (2:21)
• 12. Topaz (Maurice Jarre) - March from Topaz (2:36)
• 13. Frenzy (Ron Goodwin) - The London Theme (2:30)
• 14. Family Plot (John Williams) - Finale (4:00)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits. Some copies of the second CD in the set were faulty, reportedly refusing to play in some devices.
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