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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Early Herrmann

I knew I'd eventually getting around to putting up some Bernard Herrmann... to start out, I'm featuring his debut work with Orson Welles.



Kane was the film debut of both Welles and Herrmann - and while there are lots of recordings of music from it (Herrmann's own suites on London Phase 4 and Charles Gerhardt's great recording on RCA to the recent Joel McNeely on Varese), I'm a bit partial to this version... probably this and the McNeely re-recording combined would be as close to a complete version on record/disc as you can get.


Tony Bremner conducting the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra

1. Prelude (02:19)
2. Susan in Night Club (Rain Sequence) (00:52)
3. Thatcher Library (Litany); Ms. Reading and Snow Picture; Mother's Sacrifice; Charlie Meets Thatcher (03:23)
4. Galop (00:57)
5. Dissolve to Thatcher; Second Ms.; Bernstein's Narration (01:40)
6. Kane's News Office; Carter's Exit; Chronicle Scherzo (02:57)
7. Bernstein's Presto (00:39)
8. Kane's Return; Valse Presentation (01:39)
9. Sunset Narrative (02:17)
10. Theme and Variations (Breakfast Montage) (03:18)
11. Kane Meets Susan; Susan's Room; Mother Memory (03:07)
12. The Trip to Susan's; Getty's Departure; Kane Marries (02:08)
13. Salaambo's Aria (04:21)
(Rosamund Illing, soprano)
14. Leland's Dismissal (00:57)
15. Susan in Night Club (New Dawn Sequence) (00:52)
16. Opera Montage (00:46)
(Rosamund Illing, soprano)
17. Xanadu; Jigsaw Puzzles (Perpetual Motion); Second Xanadu
(03:49)
18. Kane's Picnic; Susan Leaves
(01:59)
19. El Rancho (Second Dawn Sequence)
(00:38)
20. The Glass Ball
(01:21)



Ambersons

The other reason for featuring this version of KANE is to bookend the next Welles/Herrmann film, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. If you see the film, you'll notice that Herrmann's name doesn't appear in the credits - he took his name off of the film after tampering was done to the film and his score. This disc represents a complete reconstruction of Herrmann's score for the film, restoring selections that didn't end up in the film.


Tony Bremner conducting the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra

1. Theme & Variations; George's Homecoming (07:18)
2. Snow Ride (03:05)
3. The Door; Death & Youth (00:56)
4. Toccata (01:12)
5. Pleasure Trip (01:06)
6. Prelude (01:30)
7. First Nocturne (04:08)
Neville Taweel, violin solo

8. Garden Scene (01:14)

9. Fantasia (02:11)

10. Scene Pathetique (02:19)

11. Waiting 1 and 2 (01:32)

12. Ostinato (01:52)

13. First Letter Scene (03:25)

14. Second Letter Scene; Romanza (02:12)

15. Second Nocturne (03:22)

Henry Wenig, cello solo

16. Departure; Isabel's Death (01:47)
17. First Reverie; Second Reverie (02:40)
18. The Walk Home (02:49)
19. Garden Music (02:59)
Janet Perkins, organ solo

20. Elegy (01:23)
21. End Title (02:20)

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one. Unless I'm totally off the rails, Herrmann borrowed heavily from this for "Taxi Driver." Both are great.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're totally off the rails...

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Honored General said...

Thank You so very much for both of these! I am a fan of Tony Bremer's work. Thank You, again!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous #2:
"You talkin' to me?"
Sorry. Couldn't resist.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks a lot, but.....unfortunately, both of these downloads are corrupted.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget my corrupted comment. I managed to open the files with rar

thanks a lot!

12:22 AM  

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