World premiere release of two Lyn Murray soundtracks for Paramount films starring Grace Kelly.
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World premiere release of two Lyn Murray soundtracks for Paramount films starring Grace Kelly. First on docket is colorful score for 1955 Alfred Hitchcock classic To Catch A Thief with Cary Grant alongside Kelly in exciting mystery of former jewel thief now suspected of new robbery. His subsequent pursuit of real thief forms basis of tale. Murray plays to lighter aspect of picture for opening music, then takes off with stars on their picturesque chase. Moments for romance, humor have their say as well. Second score is brief, albeit dramatic score for 1954 Mark Robson film The Bridges At Toko-Ri, set during Korean conflict with WWII veteran William Holden being recalled into active duty, reluctantly parting with wife Kelly to pursue duties on aircraft carrier headed for battle. Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman lend sensational support. Stunning picture plays through then brings trio of soldiers together for finale that packs a wallop. Murray anchors with powerful music for wartime locale, then launches into carrier motif for low brass. Unobtrusive score selections play momentarily, then Murray wraps with dynamic fortissimo coda. Powerful major-key finish! Following score are source pieces heard throughout film. Both scores presented in mono from Paramount digital protection copies in beautiful condition. All cues available on master tapes are included, with bulk of each score present including all major set pieces. Two dynamic sides of this under-represented now available at last! Lyn Murray conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI Extras 29. Down by the River (Rodgers–Hart) (2:38) 30. Hot Lips (Busse, Lange and Davis) (1:17) 31. Marshmallow Moon (Livingston & Evans) (1:38) 32. Hit the Road to Dreamland (Arlen–Mercer) (0:57) 33. Soon (Rodgers–Hart) (2:06) 34. Sailors Polka (Livingston–David) (1:52) 35. It’s a Hap-Hap-Happy Day (Sharples, Neiburg and Timberg) (2:19) 36. Calypso Tune (0:35) Total Time = 13:42
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Recorded respectively in 1955 and 1954, To Catch a Thief and The
Bridges at Toko-Ri were later preserved by Paramount Pictures via protection copies
on analog and digital tape. The majority of both scores weathered the years in good
condition and all surviving cues are featured here. Most of the major sequences from
To Catch a Thief are present and play as the first half of the album. The Bridges at
Toko-Ri is an exceptionally dramatic score, albeit a relatively brief one that was bolstered
with an abundance of source music. All of the major score cues and much of
the source music are featured on the second half of this CD.
Composed and Conducted by Lyn Murray.
TO CATCH A THIEF recorded February 1, 14 and 17–19, 1955 at PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCORING STAGE, Hollywood, California.
Orchestrations by Lyn Murray, Leo Shuken, and Nathan Lang Van Cleave.
THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI recorded July 8, 13 and 14, 1954 at PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCORING STAGE, Hollywood, California.
Orchestrations by Lyn Murray, Gus Levene, Will Beitel, Leo Shuken, and Jack Hayes.
VIOLIN Toscha Seidel
VIOLA Spinoza Paeff
CELLO George Neikrug
BASS Anton Torello
FLUTE Harold Lewis
OBOE Charles Strickfaden
CLARINET Joseph Krechter
BASSOON Jules Seder
SAXOPHONE George Auld*
FRENCH HORN Richard Perissi
Willard Culley Jr.*
TRUMPET Frank Zinzer
W. M. Ferguson
TROMBONE Thomas Bassett
PERCUSSION Bernie Mattinson
HARP Aida Dagort
PIANO Harry Sukman
GUITAR Joseph R. Gibbons**
HARMONICA Leo Diamond*
*To Catch a Thief only
**The Bridges at Toko -Ri only