A dramatic score by Herrmann – written for this 1970 film about a key battle in WWII. Herrmann directs the London Philharmonic, and the whole thing's very action-packed – less edgey than some of Bernard's more famous scores, but strongly voiced nonetheless. Titles include "Prelude", "The Retreat", "Chetnik's March", "Separation", "Farewell", "Death Of Danica", and "Turning Point". LP, Vinyl record album
A really cool soundtrack from the great BernardHerrmann – every bit as watery as you might guess from the title! The tracks are short, but have this beautifully vivid feel – strings used in this way that's kind of pre-electric, but which almost has this electronic feel overall – given the use of color and tone. Other moments are more conventional, but equally captivating – and there's these dark currents that run through the music that are pure Herrmann all the way through. 30 tracks in all – including "The Undersea Forest", "The Marker", "The Harbor", "The Reef", "Escape", "Sorrow", and "The Octopus". CD
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Psycho ... LP Doxy (Italy), 1960. New Copy (reissue)...
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One of the most famous pieces of music ever composed by legendary soundtrack artist BernardHerrmann – well-known for its classic use of sharp string passages to evoke the knife-stabbing scene in the shower! This version of the score is divided up into separate passages, which each circle around specific scenes – extremely evocative, even away from the chilling images on the screen! LP, Vinyl record album
Wrong Man ... LP Doxy, 1956. New Copy (reissue)...
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An overlooked 50s soundtrack from the legendary BernardHerrmann – one of his lesser-remembered collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock – but one that's every bit as wonderful as his more famous scores! The songs here are relatively short, but extremely evocative – these powerful scene-setters that really get at the spirit of the film's dark narrative of mistaken identity – often brooding with an acoustic bassline that has this slow, plodding quality that's quite different than usual for Herrmann. Other passages sparkle with a few jazzy touches – again a bit different, almost Elmer Bernstein in feel – and together, the music works to create a picture that's almost as vivid as the images on the screen! Titles include "Hitchcock", "The Car", "The Store", "Fingerprints", "Alibi", "The Mirror", and "Stork Club". LP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a score from Antoine Duhamel – a French film composer who never got as big of acclaim on this side of the Atlantic, but who really shines at his best with work like this! The score is dramatic, but in a very particular way – with a style that often uses gliding woodwinds alongside plucked and percolated strings – so that there's this bumping, flowing sense of melody in the music – but with a tenseness that comes from the inherent rhythm – a bit in the way that BernardHerrmann could create with some of his best 50s scores for Hitchcock. Yet Duhamel also brings some individual flavors to the mix, too – a tonal sensibility that really makes the whole thing special, and creates unusual moments from familiar instrumentation. Titles include "Le Port", "Refuge Et Meurtre Dans La Maison De Provence", "Louis Mahe Attend La Fiancee Inconnue", "Qui Est Reellement Julie", and "Querelle Et Angoisse". CD