One of the all-time classic film scores - a Herrmann/Hitchcock masterpiece - gets a brand new and revelatory recording! It's amazing how many mysteries and secrets even some of the most famous film scores of all-time can still hold. Who would have thought that there could still be never-before-heard cues from North by Northwest? And we're not talking about a 30-second fragments. The Highway, a cue that turns out to be the second longest cue of the whole score, receives its world premiere recording here. On The Rocks is heard in its entirely for the very first time, restoring all the edited material from the film and subsequent soundtrack. We've also restored extra bars all over the place ... including Conversation Piece and Finale that have only been heard on the old Varèse Sarabande CD conducted by Laurie Johnson. Limited Edition of 3000 copies
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Yes, since the 1959 release of the movie, I've awaited a perfect recording of the complete score to NORTH BY NORTHWEST, and my copy arrived today, just a few days after I ordered it. I've already played it through twice and may yet play it again today. The conductor Joel McNeely and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra clearly love this score. I wish I could have seen them play it--the recording is that exciting. The "fandango" theme is so vibrant, you may find yourself dancing to it!
If you love this score, or even if you don't know it, but you love big rhythmic symphonic music, THIS is the recording to get. Rhino Records' original soundtrack album of the complete score was released 36 years after the movie's release, and by that time some cues were damaged. Earlier, Laurie Johnson rerecorded the complete score, but much music was cut for the 1980 Varese Sarabande LP record album, and the recording suffered further in engineering.
This accurate recording of the complete score is magnificent! Due to the editing of "North by Northwest", full versions of the cues were never recorded until now. Listening to the fully restored soundtrack allows us to more fully appreciate the genious of Bernard Herrmann. It is wonderfully performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Joel McNeely. I think Mr. Herrmann would approve!
Perhaps Mr. Herrmann's most beautiful composition is the Love Theme in this soundtrack. For those of you who have only seen the movie, you really are in for a treat. In the movie, it is almost completely overridden by dialogue. Also, this soundtrack contains perhaps Mr. Herrmann's best coda and best "Finale" piece of music. In all previous versions including the movie, "The Finale" was truncated. Here we hear it as he intended. The Love Theme is reprised within it, and then comes the COMPLETE coda-also never heard before. The coda is intense; thunderously and...
I've always been a fan of Bernard Hermann' s work, and considered the film. score from ,North by Northwest to e one of his best! I am very satisfied with the product and would recommend it to other movie score fans.
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