Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 207
Date: 1959
Time: 1:09:17
Tracks: 28
Oft-recorded Bernard Herrmann masterpiece finally gets complete release in dynamic stereo from new masters!

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  • At long last! Oft-recorded Bernard Herrmann masterpiece finally gets complete release in dynamic stereo from new masters! Previous release on Rhino label was spectacular album, albeit several major set pieces (including main title & climactic Mount Rushmore sequence) were transferred from damaged elements, all that was then available. Thanks to Warner Bros., new stereo mixes have been made available for first time ever, revealing spectacular sonics (for 1959) and illuminating new details of magnificent score never before captured. While score has also been digitally re-recorded twice under different conductors, neither version can match crisp, exciting performance of MGM Studio musicians under baton of Herrmann himself. Hear harp arpeggios, castenets, wood blocks, snare drums like never before. Get entire climax with punch of bass trombone, thrilling trumpets amidst swirling variety of tempos that keep tension, excitement of Hitchcock's incredible action set-piece moving at fierce pace. Alfred Hitchcock's brilliant film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, young Martin Landau and is regarded as one of director's greatest achievements. Crop-dusting scene, Mount Rushmore climax are movie icons. Romance between Grant, Saint is heartfelt, all the more so with Herrmann's tender love theme for strings. Composer is also major part of excitement, suspense of wild tale. Under loving guidance of Neil Bulk & Lukas Kendall, Herrmann's score comes home at last not only with best sound possible but also with first-ever reproduction of original MGM artwork campaign, color stills, informative notes by Frank De Wald, complete cue assembly details plus musician's list. The final word on North By Northwest! Bernard Herrmann conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains.
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    01. Overture/Main Title (2:19)
    02. The Streets (1:07)
    03. Kidnapped (2:18)
    04. The Door/Cheers (1:26)
    05. The Wild Ride/Car Crash (3:14)
    06. The Return/Two Dollars (1:15)
    07. The Elevator (0:49)
    08. The U.N./Information Desk (1:55)
    09. The Knife (0:51)
    10. Interlude (1:18)
    11. Detectives/Conversation Piece/Duo (4:42)
    12. The Station/The Phone Booth/Farewell (2:55)
    13. The Crash/Hotel Lobby (3:15)
    14. The Reunion/Goodbye/The Question (2:34)
    15. The Pad & Pencil/The Auction/The Police (2:35)
    16. The Airport (1:02)
    17. The Cafeteria/The Shooting (2:24)

    18. The Forest (1:25)
    19. The Flight/The Ledge (1:30)
    20. The House (3:14)
    21. The Balcony/The Match Box (2:45)
    22. The Message/The T.V./The Airplane (2:39)
    23. The Gates/The Stone Faces/The Ridge/On the Rocks/The Cliff/Finale (8:57)
    The Album Total Time: 56:38

    The Extras
    24. It's a Most Unusual Day (source) (1:17)
    25. Rosalie (source) (1:36)
    26. In the Still of the Night (source) (2:26)
    27. Fashion Show (source) (5:23)
    28. The Crash (1:53)
    The Extras Total Time: 12:29

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Feature film scores at M-G-M from 1953–1968 were recorded, for the most part , onto three-track 35mm magnetic film. Protection copies of the master (or “print” or “circle”) takes were vaulted for posterity, and transferred in the 1990s by Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. (corporate successors-in-interest to the film library) to DA-88, a multi-track digital format. These masters survived the years in excellent condition and have been used for hundreds of CDs, primarily by Rhino Entertainment Co. and Film Score Monthly.

    As collectors know from the 1995 Rhino CD of North by Northwest, the cues containing Bernard Herrmann’s magnificent “Overture—Main Title” and related action pieces suffered some deterioration. The 35mm masters were retransferred by Chace Productions Inc. in 1999 for a Warner Home Video DVD restoration.

    For this Intrada CD, both the 1995 and 1999 transfers have been used to create the best-possible presentation of Herrmann’s masterpiece. Non-Herrmann source music is placed in a bonus section, rather than playing in film sequence.

    Every implement of modern technology has been used to improve the sound quality—but without over-processing the tracks, which would detract from the naturalness of the orchestra. Although not very scientific, the most important quality to apply in a restoration of this sort is good taste—which is fortunately possessed in abundance by mastering engineer Doug Schwartz.

    —Lukas Kendall

  • Composed and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann.
    Recorded on April 23 and 24, May 14 and 15, 1959, at MGM Studios Scoring Stage, Culver City, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

    Lou Raderman
    Werner Gebauer
    Victor Arno
    Sol Babitz
    Victor Bay
    Sam Fiedler
    Samuel Freed Jr.
    David Frisina
    Mort Herbert
    Arnold Jurasky
    Louis Kaufman
    Joy Lyle
    Arthur Maebe Sr.
    Lisa Minghetti
    Irving Prager
    Sally Raderman
    Albert Saparoff
    Herman Seidel
    Dorothy Wade
    Heiman Weinstine
    Byron Williams

    Virginia Majewski
    Cecil Figelski
    Allan Harshman
    Jan Hlinka
    Maxine Johnson
    Reuben Marcus
    Jack Ray

    Raphael Kramer
    Naoum Benditsky
    Alex Borisoff
    Julian Kahn
    Armand Kaproff
    Lucien LaPorte
    Michel Penha

    Murray Shapinsky
    Arthur Shapiro
    George Boujie
    Mario Camposano
    Richard F. Kelley
    Robert Swanson

    Arthur Gleghorn
    Haakon Bergh
    Sylvia Ruderman
    George Drexler

    Arnold Koblentz
    V. Schipilitti
    Bert Gassman

    Hugo Raimondi
    Don Logiudice
    Gus Bivona
    Alex Gershunoff
    Henry Emerson

    Charles Gould
    Norman Herzberg
    Don Christlieb

    Jack Cave
    Vincent DeRubertis
    Herman Lebow
    Alan Robinson

    Uan Rasey
    Joe Triscari
    James C. Zito

    Richard Noel
    Randall Miller
    Herb Taylor

    D’Artagnan Liagre

    D. V. Seber
    Charles White
    Frank Carlson
    William Kraft
    Lou Erickson
    Preston Lodwick

    Catherine Johnk (Gotthoffer)
    Lois Craft