Gutbrain Records

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Last December William Stromberg, Anna Bonn and John Morgan announced that they would continue re-recording film soundtracks for the Marco Polo/Naxos label but also release re-recordings on their own label, Tribute Film Classics, so that we can hear even more music.

William Stromberg has already conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra for terrific re-recordings of some great Bernard Herrmann soundtracks. The Egyptian comes to mind, as well as Garden of Evil, The Snows of Kiliminjaro, Five Fingers.

This was very good news. Even better news is that they have completed recording the music for the first two Tribute Film Classics CDs, Bernard Herrmann's scores for Mysterious Island, Fahrenheit 451 and the Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance".

Producer John Morgan posted this comment to the Bernard Herrmann Society website: "FAHRENHEIT 451 was a revelation. There were so many cues that were truncated, not to mention the ones that were dropped, it was like experiencing a brand new Herrmann score. The string section was marvelous and we were able to get that warm, intimate sound so dear to Herrmann. I can say that every harp note is clearly recorded, and I must also say, Bill really kept those pesky fire trucks moving at a pace that suggest[ed] they were going to put out fires instead of starting them."

I am very excited by all of this. You can see and hear a little bit of the rehearsals for these re-recordings here.

In even more good news, the Criterion Collection has released Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows on DVD. It came out yesterday. It's a great movie by a great filmmaker.