Has any composer being “rerecorded” as much as Benny Herrmann? His work really lends itself well to nice large orchestras and I really love most of what I have. These are the rerecordings I have, are they any really good score recordings that I’m missing?
Battle of Neretva Bernard Herrmann Anthology (all 3 volumes) Bernerd Herrnann – The Concert Suites Bernard Herrmann: The Film Scored (Esa-Pekka Salonen) Citizen Kane (McNeely) Citizen Kane (LeRoy Holmes) Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Film Music Collection Fahrenheit 451 (Morgan & Stromberg) Film Fantasy – Film Music by Bernard Herrmann Garden of Evil Jason and the Argonauts (Broughton) Marnie (McNeely) Mysterious Island (Tribute) North by Northwest (VS) Psycho (McNeely) The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (VS) The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (VS) The Day The Earth Stood Still The Egyptian The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Elmer Bernstein) Torn Curtain (Elmer and McNeely) Vertigo (McNeely)
Plus the Gerhardt recordings and one Elmer Bernstein CD.
I like James Conlon recording of VERTIGO - it is the only recording of that score that is complete and it is very close to the film recording in performance/tempo (while the McNeely excellent recording is supposedly closest to Herrmann's original manuscripts - but unfortunately misses some very good tracks). The issue is that the James Conlon recording was only available with the book "Feature Film" that is not so easy to find nowadays.
But, surprise surprise, most of the recordings of his I fell in love with are out of print. Some of my favorites of his are the series of recordings of the orchestral works of Alexander von Zemlinsky (a teacher/mentor of Erich Wolfgang Korngold). ArkivMusic still has a page up for a great 3-disc budget set on EMI (which is what I bought some years ago)...no copies available from them but you can read the review excerpts they collected: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=186427
The Bruce Broughton and London Sinfonia recording of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, released by Intrada, is an absolute stunner. It's so close to perfection and matching the movie, it'd be as if the exact same movie was made today, scored by Herrmann and recorded in modern high fidelity.
I'm also a big fan of McNeely recording of NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which was a limited release on Varese. I pretty much always listen to this version over the original tracks.
I love the "Welles Raises Kane" album by Herrmann, with music from CITIZEN KANE, MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS and OBSESSION.