CITIZEN KANE: CLASSIC FILM SCORES OF BERNARD HERRMANN
Label: RCA 81264
Time = 52:16
Reissue of classic RCA album from 1974, part of famed RCA/Charles Gerhardt series produced by George Korngold. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes for dynamic audio, an improvement over later "Dolby Surround" versions. Energetic "Death Hunt" from ON DANGEROUS GROUND spotlights French horn, serves as rip-roaring opener. Florid, colorful BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF displays harps like no other film score. WHITE WITCH DOCTOR displays exotic jungle environment courtesy log drums, brake drums, African wooden piccolo, maracas, marimba plus use of rare serpent (metal instrument with bassoon-like quality). Composer was present during sessions, selected scores for representation. Results are one of the best in series! Charles Gerhardt conducts the National Philharmonic Orchestra, hits the bullseye!
ON DANGEROUS GROUND 1. The Death Hunt (2:23) CITIZEN KANE 2. Prelude: Xanadu; Snow Picture (3:17) 3. Theme And Variations (Breakfast Montage)(3:26) 4. Aria From Salammbo (Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano)(4:12) 5. Rosebud And Finale (2:41) BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF 6. The Sea; The Lagoon (4:41) 7. Descending (1:51) 8. The Octopus; Homecoming (4:54) HANGOVER SQUARE 9. Concerto Macabre For Piano And Orchestra (Joaquin Achucarro, pianist)(11:57) WHITE WITCH DOCTOR 10. Talking Drums; Prelude; The Riverboat; Petticoat Dance; The Safari (3:57) 11. Tarantula; The Lion (1:28) 12. Nocturne (3:47) 13. Abduction Of The Bakuba Boy; The Skulls (1:56) 14. Lonni Bound By Ropes; Departure (2:28)