This review is only written to balance the usual garrulous 5-star reviewers who extol this CD as a must-have addition to Herrmann enthusiasts' already copious collection of his deservedly famous mature soundtracks. My principal complaint is this recording has no stamp of authenticity. It is neither a soundtrack nor makes any attempt to sound like one
Firstly, the longueurs of the 50-minute "Citizen Kane" arrangement (devised from original manuscripts) fully explains why Herrmann himself excluded all the quiet sections of his first soundtrack to create a cheerful 13-minute suite for his 1970 Phase 4 recording.
Secondly, the Kane music might have made a lot more sense… Read more
I'm not sure of the reason why this re-released Phase 4 CD costs 30 pounds but surely this price is a bit hard on those living on retirement incomes who owned these vinyl records when they were first released nearly 50 years ago? For many possibly the first classical music they were tempted to buy due to the allure of the Phase 4 process and rave reviews for some of Stokowski's best efforts.
What I for one find reassuring is Cala's recent release of Stokowski's Phase 4 Scheherazade has confirmed his recordings were just as great as one thought at the time. Only increasing the mystery as to why modern engineers refuse to use Decca's technique of separating various sections of the… Read more
With no reviews and minimal product description I'll attempt to explain why this confusing CD is still an essential purchase for all those who want to hear 10 vital songs there were not included in what was thought to be a complete 2-CD 48-song soundtrack package issued by the BBC in 1990. A little bit later someone at the BBC must have noticed these glaring omissions and a third CD was quickly added for a much rarer 3-CD set with 69 songs.
Thus this, the third CD, is a godsend for all those who only bought the first 2. However the 10 missing songs appear in the wrong order and are mixed-in with 10 weaker songs loosely connected to the series - chosen by someone who apparently… Read more