Gutbrain Records

Monday, 19 November 2007

Tomorrow is when the new re-recordings of Bernard Herrmann's scores for Mysterious Island, Fahrenheit 451 and The Twilight Zone: "Walking Distance" are supposed to ship. These are the first releases on the new Tribute Film Classics label. Conductor William Stromberg announced recently that they have now also recorded Herrmann's scores for The Kentuckian and Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot, as well as Max Steiner's score for She.

It would be greedy to ask for more Herrmann re-recordings but here comes one anyway, shipping December 3 from Varèse Sarabande. The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joel McNeely has recorded Herrmann's complete score for North by Northwest. This is without a doubt one of Herrmann's greatest works and the CD will feature world premieres of some cues — including music that isn't heard in the film.