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Bernard Hermann: Psycho Suite for String Quartet

Album Summary

>Herrmann, Bernard : Echoes
>Herrmann, Bernard : Souvenirs de Voyage for clarinet & string quartet
>Herrmann, Bernard : Psycho
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although he is best known for his scores to perhaps some of the most iconic films ever made (Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Psycho), Bernard Herrmann was also a talented composer for the concert hall, with an early career marked out by his skill as a conductor - praised by Stravinsky amongst others, who autographed Herrmann’s score for his Symphony in 3 Movements with: "To the excellent musician and conductor, Bernard Herrmann. Cordially, I. Stravinsky." The Tippett Quartet capture the energy and musical finesse of Herrmann’s works in this recording, accompanied for Souvernirs de Voyage by the clarinetist Julian Bliss and featuring a new arrangement of his score for Psycho.

"Across all three works, the Tippett Quartet lucidly communicates Herrmann's themes of mystery and paranoia. The drama created owes much to its intimate set-up - it's hard to imagine any orchestra evoking a more intense, menacing atmosphere." -Classic FM Magazine****

"What characterises the other two pieces - the single-movement Echoes (1965), for string quartet, and the three-movement Souvenirs de Voyage (1967), for clarinet quintet - is their organic quality. Herrmann uses motifs to build structures in much the same way as Brahms." -Sunday Times***"The brooding "Echoes" is especially interesting: it features many of the same jolting musical strategies that marked his movie scores, conjuring the kind of dark images of which his greatest patron [Hitchcock] would have undoubtedly approved." -The Independent****

"the "Psycho Suite" is only the coda to a disc that otherwise focuses on the lyrical abstractions of Herrmann's European-influenced "Echoes", and the extended "Souvenirs de Voyage"...Clarinettist Julian Bliss plays with exquisite restraint, as though wanting not to disturb the intimate conversations of the Tippett Quartet." -The Independent

"In between film assignments in the 1960s, Herrmann assuaged some of his private and professional pains by composing Echoes and Souvenirs de Voyage - chamber pieces resurrected by the Tippett Quartet and the fine 21-year-old clarinettist Julian Bliss...the warmly resonant recording only adds to the CD's thrills." -The Times****



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Works Details

>Herrmann, Bernard : Echoes
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Southgate, London, England (06/10/2010/06/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1965

>Herrmann, Bernard : Souvenirs de Voyage for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: Julian Bliss (Clarinet)
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, Southgate, London, England (06/10/2010/06/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Herrmann, Bernard : Psycho :: A Suite for Strings
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960