Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Collection Development Suggestion

Link to January 5 Variety post, "Classic scores given new life on disc".

It used to be impossible to find the film music of Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Bernard Herrmann on records. The soundtrack business didn't exist until the late 1950s, so most of their classic scores -- even some of their Oscar-winning ones -- were never issued on disc.

That's all changed now, thanks to three enterprising San Fernando Valley musicians who have spent the last 15 years finding, restoring and rerecording dozens of classic scores -- everything from
"Cat People" to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" -- for major labels like Naxos and RCA/BMG.

Tribute Film Classics.

A great movie soundtrack, such as Vertigo, can stand on its own merits. Lucky for us, though, that it sets a perfect mood for one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films.

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