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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Bernard Herrmann
  • Audio CD (14 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phase 4
  • ASIN: B000004261
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Psycho (A narrative for orch)
2. Marine
3. North by Northwest
4. Vertigo: Prelude/The nightmare/Scene d'amour
5. A portrait of 'Hitch' (from The Trouble with Harry)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this because I love the music from Vertigo and I wasn't disappointed either. I first was introduced to Herrmann's music after watching Taxidriver at the cinema. The whole film blew me away, but I couldn't get Herrmann's haunting opening theme out of my head. In Vertigo, as in Taxidriver, his music absolutely dominates the mood of the film. I haven't heard other recordings, but the recording quality is both crisp and clear while maintaining a warm strings sound. There are imperfections:the violins are occasionally a bit messy etc. but I feel they do justice to Herrmann's fine scores, in particular Vertigo and Pyscho. I had to play Vertigo again and again.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The essential Bernard Herrmann CD 25 Aug. 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having this CD available again (used or otherwise) is salvation for Americans, who did without this for many years after the original Phase 4 disks departed. These 1969 recordings by the London Philharmonic, with the composer at the helm, are the definitive versions of the famous scores from "Psycho", "North By Northwest" and "Vertigo".

Everything about this CD is top notch. The sound was recorded in Decca's Phase 4 process, meaning as many as 20 microphones were used to mike every section of the orchestra. This sometimes led to music where all the instruments seemed to be as loud as all the others all the time. It also led to musical realization that cannot be matched through natural means.

If you read the trailer to this CD it might seem like there's not much here to like. True, the timing is not great at about 46 minutes. The "Psycho" section itself is more than 14 minutes in duration and includes music from all the famous scenes including the opening, the first viewing of the Bates Motel, the shower scene, the staircase stabbing and Norman Bates' demise.

The second best batch is the music from "Vertigo", which includes music from the prelude, nightmare section and love scene. The "North By Northwest" theme is the same music you heard in the theater when you saw the movie. Ditto "Marnie".

This is a keepsake for Herrmann fans that has worn its years well and never been equaled in later DDD recordings containing much more music. During intervening years, the version by Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic cames closest to capturing the creepy aura of Herrmann's Hitchocock scores. But they ultimatley failed to make the persuasive case modeled on the composers own work, now available for you on this disk.

The notes to this issue continue to be pretty skimpy, giving only a page to Herrmann's Hitchcock scores while dedicating that much to the Phase 4 recording process that is no longer in use.

Kudos in this recording to the Phase 4 technicians and to the strings of the London Philharmonic, one of the world's most esteemed musical bodies. Buy this one if it's available, for one day it will not be.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bernard Herrmann is the King of all soundtrack composers 13 Nov. 2008
By ellafan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sure, there are a great many other soundtrack composers whose works are forever creative and evocative.
But,for my money,nobody touches Bernard Herrmann.
How many times in your life has someone started screeching "Eek,eek,eek,eek"while s/he was pretending to stab someone?? You don't get that sort of thing with other composers.And you shouldn't.That belongs to Herrmann.
The next time you are watching any Hitchcock movie B.H. has scored,pay attention to all of the nuances and thrills and romance his music portrays.You will see that it would be impossible to watch those movies without his music.Not sweet,not flowery,not boring and certainly not common.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Herrmann conducts Herrmann .... a classic! 28 Mar. 2010
By James M. Shertzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some better recorded versions of this music have come along since, but in only two cases I'm aware of (the complete recordings of the scores from "Psycho" and "North by Northwest" made available much later) are they in performances conducted by Herrmann. What's here, of course, are pretty much the jewels in the crown of Herrmann's scores for Hitchcock's films from the late 1950s and early 1960. (Frankly, over time I've come to think of the melodramatic "Marnie" score as less than Herrmann's best, but it's a matter of personal taste). It's hard to believe there were NO soundtrack albums of "Psycho" (one of the seminal film scores of all time) or "North by Northwest" at the times of the films' release! Of the five films represented here, only "Vertigo" (in a highly coveted Mercury release) had been made available to the public. Obviously the recordings are of great historic importance, in addition to being great music, and not only assisted in a re-evaluation of Herrmann's music but also a new appreciation of film music in general. The brilliance of the "Psycho," "North by Northwest" and "Vertigo" scores are well accepted now, but for me the pleasures of Herrmann's drolly bucolic score for "The Trouble With Harry" (renamed here "A Portrait of Hitch" can't be underestimated. Highly recommended.
The ideal music for Hitchcock movies 30 May 2012
By Colloredo von Salzburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As Prokofiev could be the ideal composer of music for Einsenstein's movies, so Bernard Herrmann
was the same for Hitchcock's great movie thrillers. This is one of the best examples of the perfect
partnership between music and film. Performances conducted by the same composer are anthological.
Great recommendation for film music lovers.
Thrilling! 16 Nov. 2013
By Lauri Boehlert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock teamed up for some great film moments. Psycho. Vertigo. A nice surprise is the Portrait of Hitch from the The Trouble with Harry.
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