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Music for Alfred Hitchcock - Herrmann: Psycho; Vertigo; North by Northwest; Waxman: Rebecca; Tiomkin: Dial M for Murder et al. / Danish Nat'l SO, Mauceri

Album Summary

>Herrmann, Bernard : The Man Who Knew Too Much
>Waxman, Franz : Rebecca
>Waxman, Franz : Rear Window, suite from the flim score
>Tiomkin, Dimitri : Strangers on a Train
>Tiomkin, Dimitri : Dial M for Murder
>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo, film score
>Herrmann, Bernard : North by Northwest
>Herrmann, Bernard : Psycho
>Benjamin, Arthur : Storm Clouds, cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much, film score
>Elfman, Danny : Hitchcock
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

Alfred Hitchcock commissioned his film scores from composers who were Hollywood's master-craftsmen. The concert items prepared from those scores feature a dazzling variety of styles, from Baroque and jazz to dark Romanticism and angular angst, all using the orchestra with breathtaking virtuosity. The conductor John Mauceri, as at home with this repertoire as any other musician, has prepared a number of concert suites from the film scores and some of them receive their first recordings here. This recording was made live in concert in Danish Radio's new concert hall in Copenhagen. The booklet contains an introductory text by Mr. Mauceri and an extensive, illustrated essay on Hitchcock and his use of film music and work with composers by British film-music historian John Riley.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
If you want a good overview of these pieces and are not too familiar with the scores this recording will probably suffice. The suites are worth hearing, and the Psycho piece is very good. The informative English-only booklet is helpful. The sound is very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen (11/23/2012-11/24/2012).



Reviews

Bruno Antony, a very clever fellow!
This brand new collection is nothing short of spectacular. Sure, much of this material has been covered ad infinitum. The hook here is Maestro Mauceri’s authoritative grasp of the music. His intuitive sense of drama inexorably draws you in. You feel as if you were experiencing these works much the way audiences first encountered them via the films they supported. They are that fresh and vivid. The orchestra is fully on board with taut, committed playing. This is no tepid “movie night at the symphony” outing, but a serious effort, respectful of the music’s intrinsic value. Danny Elfman’s contribution is reminiscent of the style he adopted during his formative series of collaborations with Tim Burton. What of the sound? It’s a model of clarity and immediacy, no small feat considering the scope and complexity of the forces employed. Finally, the excellent liner notes are quite thorough and informative. Plaudits to Toccata Classics for underwriting this project.
Submitted on 09/05/14 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Herrmann, Bernard : The Man Who Knew Too Much :: Concert Overture
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Ensemble: Danish National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Waxman, Franz : Rebecca :: Suite
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Waxman, Franz : Rear Window, suite from the flim score
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tiomkin, Dimitri : Strangers on a Train :: Suite
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tiomkin, Dimitri : Dial M for Murder :: Suite
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Herrmann, Bernard : Vertigo, film score
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1958
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Herrmann, Bernard : North by Northwest :: Main Titles
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1959
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Herrmann, Bernard : Psycho :: A Narrative for String Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Benjamin, Arthur : Storm Clouds, cantata from The Man Who Knew Too Much, film score
  • Performer: Klaudia Kidon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Elfman, Danny : Hitchcock :: Music from the End Credits
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live