<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Hummphrey Bogart / Laura / David Raksin /Wooden Prine

LASSIC FILM SCORES FOR HUMPHREY BOGART
STEINER: Suite from Casablanca. The Treasure of theSierra Madre. The Caine Mutiny. Virgiia City. Key Largo.WAXMAN: To Have and Have Not. .HOLLANDER: Suite from Sabrina. YOUNG: The Left Hand of God. ROZSA: Sarah
National PhiharmoicOrchestra / Chares Gerhardt, cond.
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DAVID RAKSIN FILM MSIC
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BARTOK: The Wooden Prince. Dance Suite. Suite.
New York Philharmonic / Pierre Boulez, cond.
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.A number oc composers wrote music for the movies of Humphrey Bogart. Here's another fascinating recording made in London's Kingsway Hall September 1973 and July 1974. Now we can enjoy these magnificent definitive performances as originally recorded in quadraphonic sound. No question, the major feature is a suite of music by Max Steiner for the famous 1943 film Casablanca. Gerhard arranged a suite from the score and has to write a few connecting sequences so it would be non-stop. It is a brilliant achievement, a terrific reminder for the countless films of this film classics. Gerhardt told me he had played the solo pian version of As Time Goes By, and in multi-channel we hear this coming from the rear—a terrific effect. Steiner's music for Pssage to Marseilles, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Caine Mutiny and Virginia City. Franz Waxman is represented by music from To Have and Have Not, The Two Mrs. Carrolls and Peyton Place. Superb impressive multi-channe audio with a remarkable dynamic range. Another plus is Rudy Belhmer's comprehensive program notes about these movies Terrific release¡

Born in Philadelphia, David Raksin (1912 - 2004) was one of the most prolific writers of music for movies nd television. On this fine reissue, we hear him conducting the superb New Phioharmoia Orchestra in a wide selection of his works: Best-known for his score for the 1944 film Laura, he also wrote numerous impressive scores for other important movies including The Bad and the Beautiful, Love Is for the Very Young, Forever Amber, and many others. On this disk we hear Laura, and extended suies from scores for The Bad and the Beautiful and Forever Amber. Raksin was a fine musician and we can be certain what is heard on this reissue is exactly what the composer intended. These recordings were made in London's Walthamstow Hall August 1085. It was not part of RCA's famous Classic Film Scores series conducted by Charles Gerhardt. Raksin;s comprehensive original program notes are included as well as comments by film expert Christopher Palmer. The engineers have provided a splendid full sound that places the listener in the middle of the orchestra.

We are fortunate that Pierre Boulez's quadraphonic recordings with the New York Philharmonic are being reissued multi-track by Dutton/Epoch This site already has praised previous reissues of Bartok's Concerto for orchestra and Miraculous Mandarin (REVIEW), Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder and Roussel;'s Symphony No. 3 (REVIEW), Stravinsky'sFirebird and Pulcinella (REVIEW), Stravinsky's Petrushka and other works (REVIEW), Stravinsky'sFirebird and Rite of Spring (REVIEW). Now we have more Bartok: The Wooden Prince and the Dance Suite. The Wooden Prince, a one-act pantomime, was written in 1914–1916 (orchestrated 1916–1917) to a scenario by the composer. The first performance was in Budapest 12 May 1917. It was reasonably successful but seldom has been performed since. Bartok's setting of the familiar Pinocchio story is pleasant enough but hardly one of the composer's more vivid scores. It is played to perfection as conducted by Boulez, and the Dance Suite is equally well presented. Audio is outstanding, multi-channel at its best.

R.E.B. (September 2020)