Price(USD): $34.80

Label: SONY
CD No: 19075920642
Release Date: 2020/03/13
Format: 12CD

Sony Classical announces another ten releases in it's popular series of Classical Masters. This new batch of budget-priced sets contains major recording projects by some of the 20th century's most celebrated musicians. It was the Warner Brothers' 1946 Bette Davis starrer Deception - in particular, it's score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold - that originally aroused a passion for film music in the American conductor and producer Charles Gerhardt. Beginning his career in 1950 as a technician for RCA, where he came into contact with Toscanini, he went on to become a producer for Westminster before returning to RCA as a conductor, moving to Europe and making his name in the 1970s with the monumental series of recordings collected here for the first time: twelve discs of classic film scores, many of them Oscar winners or nominees, from Hollywood's "golden age" with Gerhardt at the helm of London's elite recording ensemble, the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides Korngold (with selections from more than a dozen films including Deception, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Prince and the Pauper, Of Human Bondage and The Sea Hawk), the featured composers include Dimitri Tiomkin (including a medley from Lost Horizon and The Big Sky), Max Steiner (Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, Now, Voyager, King Kong, Jezebel and a whole disc devoted to Gone with the Wind), Alfred Newman (medley from The Song of Bernadette and The Robe), Franz Waxman (medleys from A Place in the Sun, Prince Valiant, Sunset Boulevard, The Philadelphia Story and Rebecca), Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef and White Witch Doctor) and Miklos Rozsa (Double Indemnity, Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, Ivanhoe and The Red House). "Charles Gerhardt and his handpicked London orchestra are really doing lovers of American film music a great service," wrote Gramophone's enthusiastic reviewer.

Release Date: The week of 2020/3/13

Track List

CD 1:The Sea Hawk: The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold Norma Procter contralto ・ Sidney Sax violin ・ The Ambrosian Singers

CD 2: Lost Horizon: The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin John Alldis Choir

CD 3: Captain Blood: Classic Film Scores for Errol Flynn The Ambrosian Singers

CD 4: Gone with the Wind: Max Steiner’s Classic Film Score

CD 5: Captain from Castile: The Classic Film Scores of Alfred Newman The Ambrosian Singers ・ Band of the Grenadier Guards

CD 6: Casablanca: Classic Film Scores for Humphrey Bogart

CD 7: Citizen Kane: The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann Kiri Te Kanawa soprano ・ Joaquin Achucarro piano

CD 8: Sunset Boulevard: The Classic Film Scores of Franz Waxman

CD 9: Elizabeth and Essex: The Classic Film Scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold Francisco Garbarro cello

CD 10: Spellbound: The Classic Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa The Ambrosian Singers

CD 11: Now, Voyager: The Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner Earl Wild piano ・ The Ambrosian Singers

CD 12: Classic Film Scores for Bette Davis

All 12 CDs are the older LP versions.