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 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

It's the very one: the LAPO/Salonen recording!! Brilliantly played and magnificently recorded. The tempo of "Psycho" is slower than the film soundtrack but I like it played a little more slowly. The original was frenetic and driven; this newer one is menacing. There's a subtle difference but it shows what a change is affected in our understanding by either slowing down or speeding up the tempo of a work.



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I was hoping that was the version of 451 to which you were listening. The whole superb album went a long way toward reducing snobbery and boosting respect for film music in classical/concert circles.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

I didn't go, for a number of reasons. Most of all, I object to the "Hitchcok's music" industry, which seems more interested in propagating auteur-director worship than in examining the contribution of the composers. Interesting selection. Herrmann, of course. But DIAL M FOR MURDER? Even from those who admire Tiomkin more than I do, there doesn't seem to be any particular enthusiasm for this score, which channels Mussorgsky rather blatantly. Ditto for TO CATCH A THIEF, a movie I've yet to see that is rarely discussed by music lovers.

SPELLBOUND was a surprising omission, though not one over which I would shed any tears. It's an important score historically but not, in my opinion, prime Rozsa or prime Hitchcock. And of course significant portions are really by Waxman and Webb! I believe the writer (following Baldwin?) is wrong about Stokowski having performed the music prior to the premiere. Promotional recordings were indeed made -- that's one reason the score is a landmark -- but not by Stoky. I'm unaware of any performances by that artist.


Having seen and heard this at Wolf Trap near Washington, DC - it was very enjoyable. I have been a Hitchcock film fan for over 45 years and the music is just as important to me as is the visuals. I disagree that Dial 'M' for Murder is not a good choice for this kind of audience. Not too many people below the age of 35 would have seen this film, and because of this concert the audience has been exposed and may seek out the film on DVD. To Catch A Thief is a score I would kill for if it ever gets a proper release. It was greatly appreciated by this fan when they played it for the audience. Check it out on DVD, it is a fun mystery with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in top form.

You didn't go to this concert is your loss; it was fun and educational and I seriously doubt that one should judge the audience based on this article. Many appreciated the mixing of a live orchestra to an existing edited film that brings a whole new experience to an audience which usually sits and listens to the orchestra for 2 hours.

 
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