Monday, 1 June 2009

Bernard Herrmann - Music From the Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers (1969)

This 1969 Decca release joined the brilliant soundtrack composer Bernard Herrmann conducting the London Philharmonic for an interpretation of some of his most well known works for Alfred Hitchcock movies such as "Vertigo", "Psycho" or "Marnie".

It was originally Decca that put Herrmann together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct performances of excerpts from his most famous scores. The result was as masterful as can be expected. The composer chose to highlight the most famous themes from various scores to Alfred Hitchcock films, and the performances are indeed quite different than what was done for the actual soundtrack recordings. (...) the films in question are well-served by these short suites, put together carefully and artistically by the only person who really has the right to tinker around like this, the composer himself. (Taken from AMG)


  1. Good stuff, thanks! Herrmann was so essential to the success of Hitchcock's films.

  2. Thanks! I love these Herrmann scores.

  3. Excellent material indeed!
    I couldn´t agree more with you wightdj.
    Thank you both for your comments.


  4. Did you know BH also wrote an opera based on Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"? It's awesome. Though I only ever heard it at a friend's in London, on vinyl.

  5. Didn't know that Jeeps, thanks.
    I've made some research and found it on CD at Amazon.
    I'll try to hear it somewhere...