Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann Anthology, Vol. 3: The Inquirer

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This is a supremely delightful compilation of Bernard Herrmann's music from the Preamble catalog, assembled together in chronological order. From the upbeat, rousing strains of the relevant parts of the Citizen Kane score (whence the CD takes its name, as the name of Kane's first newspaper acquisition), through the aria from Salaambo in the Susan Alexander section of the movie, you progress to the wistfully nostalgic music from The Magnificent Ambersons. The similarly textured elegiac sections of the score from The Day the Earth Stood Still are followed by the nearly 20-minute long suite from The Kentuckian. Then comes the rarest piece of music on this disc, Herrmann's exit music for the short film -- to be shown in Colonial Williamsburgh -- called Williamsburgh: The Story of a Patriot, which is written in a festive 18th century style that seems to come from a place not far from his subsequent score for The Three Worlds of Gulliver. Most of the second half of this disc, however, simply reprints material that was on Label X's old Bernard Herrmann at the Movies collection, consisting of his own recordings of music from Battle of Neretva, Sisters, and Night Digger. It's an enjoyable compilation, well mastered (and very thoroughly annotated), and full of enough surprises to keep even longtime fans of the composer on their toes.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:48
Citizen Kane
2 6:52
3 3:18
4 4:22
Magnificent Ambersons
5 6:23
6 4:04
7 3:18
Day the Earth Stood Still
8 1:19
9 1:42
Kentuckian
10 19:22
Williamsburg, the Story of a Patriot
11 2:36
Night Digger
12 11:36
Battle of Neretva
13 2:34
14 1:47
15 1:30
16 2:33
Sisters
17 3:36
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