My copy arrived today. Although not one of my favorite Herrmann scores, I enjoyed roughly 3/4 of the recording before a cacophony of neighborhood leaf-blowers proceeded to drown out the music. I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD on a more quiet day, and am very happy to have this in my Herrmann collection.
Really looking forward to ENDLESS NIGHT next year!
Got my copy on Friday. Thrilling stuff. I can't believe how quickly this was got out. According to the booklet it was recorded on 3 days in mid September but the crucial "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn wasn't recorded until November 19 and 3 weeks later booklet written and printed and CD pressed and ready for shipping! Amazingly fast. In the meantime we have been waiting months for Tadlows long awaited James Bernard's "Dracula" score. Any further news on this release?
Received my copy today and just finished listening. This is a treat! Thank you Jose and everyone involved at Quartet Records for this release. I am a huge filmmusik aficionado since the very first hour and admire Bernard Herrmann and his music. Thanks for all the efforts, time, passion and money you invested in this. Great release, excellent sound quality, heavy rotation.
In the meantime we have been waiting months for Tadlows long awaited James Bernard's "Dracula" score. Any further news on this release?
I think I remember reading somewhere that it would be out in February or March.
Speaking of March, is the Wedding March in THE BRIDE WORE BLACK quoted extensively throughout the score, or is it just a little motif that crops up once or twice?
It's really only quoted a few times, the majority of the score focuses on Herrmann's own themes and motifs. I really underestimated how thematically diverse this score is, it makes for a wonderful listen.
I find this to be a great new recording. I think the conductor's interpretation and the orchestra's performance are right on target. Plus, we now have the COMPLETE score, which we don't hear even in the film itself. Heard in this complete form, in order, the score exhibits a number of themes and a wonderful arc of progression, building upon itself as the film goes on. Frank DeWald's absolutely excellent booklet notes talk about this, cue by cue.
By the way, if you listen carefully to the Main Title, not only do you get quotes from Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," you also get (at 0:03), Wagner's "Here Comes The Bride", pounded out rhythmically by tympani.
I am truly captivated by the theme for Monsieur Coral. He was a truly innocent bystander in the killing of Julie's husband. Of all the people Julie kills in revenge, Coral is the one you have the most heartfelt feeling for. Herrmann apparently also felt this, as he gifts this character with the most sympathetic theme in the score.
I must add my name to the plaudits given here to this stunning new recording. Exceedingly well played and handsomely presented (lavish booklet, slipcase). I'm pleased that each cue is given its separate track, rather than combining several short cues as is often the case with some recordings. Thank you Quartet!
Now having finished listening to THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, this release will top my "Five Favorite Soundtrack CDs of 2018" list, just ahead of Prometheus' THE VIKINGS/BARABBAS. The year has ended on a very positive note.
My most anticipated release for 2019 is Quartet's announced ENDLESS NIGHT.
I played the CD this afternoon and really enjoyed it. Excellent performance and big 24 page booklet with lots to read. I never saw the film and only heard ten minutes of the score so this is a new Herrmann score for me. The score itself is quite lovely at times and at other times dark and threatening. Now I am really looking forward to ENDLESS NIGHT in 2019. I sure hope this series is a great success. This is a real first class presentation. Thanks Quartet!
Got this today and I can only echo what has been said by others, a gorgeous score beautifully performed. Thanks so much to everyone involved!
A nice surprise was that the actual CD has a different cover than the one we've seen online (which belongs to the slip cover). I really love the cover on the booklet, Quartet or anyone with a good scanner, any chance of a high res version of the other cover as I'd love to use it when I put the CD on my iTunes?