Wednesday, 07 November 2007
You can now pre-order two new re-recordings of Bernard Herrmann scores: Mysterious Island and Fahrenheit 451. The latter includes a large string orchestra arrangement of Herrmann's music for the Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance". These are from the team of William Stromberg, Anna Bonn and John Morgan. They restored the scores and Stromberg conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
These CDs are the first releases on their new Tribute Film Classics label and Screen Archives Entertainment will include a Tribute Film Classics tri-fold card with every order. I've enjoyed greatly all of their re-recordings — all that I've heard, anyway — including Herrmann's Five Fingers, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Garden of Evil, as well as Herrmann and Alfred Newman's The Egyptian (one of my favorites). Lately I've been listening to their re-recordings of scores for films such as The Maltese Falcon, Son of Kong, The Most Dangerous Game, House of Frankenstein and Objective, Burma!.