LASSIC FILM SCORES FOR HUMPHREY BOGART
DAVID RAKSIN FILM MSIC
BARTOK: The Wooden Prince. Dance Suite. Suite.
.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.
R.E.B. (September 2020)