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 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a special Encore Edition limited edition release for the holidays – two great Bernard Herrmann scores on one CD:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

and

A CHILD IS BORN

Composed and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann

On a very special evening in 1954, Shower of Stars, an anthology show on CBS, had their very special Christmas special that aired on December 23rd – an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, starring Fredric March and Basil Rathbone (as Scrooge and Marley). It was truly a spectacular – shot on film and broadcast in color – although the majority of viewers saw it in black-and-white, as few people had the ability to watch color back in those days. The adaptation was by Maxwell Anderson, who also wrote the lyrics for the songs, and the score was by film composer Bernard Herrmann. Weekly Variety called it “superlative TV.” They called Anderson’s lyrics “poetic” and his adaptation “stunning.” Best of all, the reviewer called Herrmann’s score “majestic.” Herrmann’s music is indeed wonderful. His underscoring is in the classic Herrmann mode, and his songs are quite delightful and infectiously melodic.

One year after A Christmas Carol, Herrmann was back writing another Christmas special, this time for CBS’ anthology series, The General Electric Theater, which was hosted future President-to-be, Ronald Reagan. A Child Is Born was an adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benet’s blank-verse play, and featured two stars of the Metropolitan Opera, Nadine Conner and Theodor Uppman, along with the wonderful actor, Victor Jory. The show was broadcast “live” on December 25, 1955. This time, Herrmann received over the title billing (“A musical adaptation by Bernard Herrmann of A Child Is Born”). The Herrmann score has beautiful sung passages, and his underscoring, as always, is masterful and typically Herrmannesque.

A Christmas Carol/A Child is Born was previously released by Kritzerland in 2008 and sold out instantly. We’ve received a lot of requests to rerelease it over the years. The two scores were mastered from the best sources available. No known master tapes survive on either title. A Child Is Born had a promotional 10-inch record issued, and an excellent copy of it was used for mastering. A Christmas Carol was mastered from a 15IPS tape made from what was probably the only surviving set of acetates for the show. While the sound is archival in nature, mastering engineer James Nelson has done a great job of making it sound as good as it ever will.

A Christmas Carol/A Child is Born is limited to 1000 copies only and we are pleased to present it at a special Christmas price of $14.98, plus shipping.

While it is the busiest time of year, the hope is that CDs will ship no later than the last week of December, but hopefully earlier than that. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

And just a head's up that there's our second annual Christmas sale up now - sixteen great titles at half price - if you missed any of these now would be a good time to grab them.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   AlexCope   (Member)

I've listened to this every Christmas since I first got it in 2008, and I highly recommend it. Whenever 'Dear God of Christmas' comes in at the finale, it's--to quote the Ghost of Christmas Past from Scrooged--"Niagara Falls."

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

There have been a slew (a sleigh?) of great releases announced in the past couple of weeks, but these three today from Kritzerland were the ones that caught my fancy and were an immediate buy.

Plus some great stuff on sale - Dead of Winter is a must have in my book.

Well done!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

There have been a slew (a sleigh?) of great releases announced in the past couple of weeks, but these three today from Kritzerland were the ones that caught my fancy and were an immediate buy.

Plus some great stuff on sale - Dead of Winter is a must have in my book.

Well done!


Always fun to choose the sale titles and then see what people go after. So far, I think Another Man, Another Chance is right up front in orders - a wonderful Francis Lai CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

I am surprised this score doesn't get much attention here. It's so charming and tender, not to mention full of memorable melodies.

I'm glad I grabbed my copy when this came out.

Alex

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

I am surprised this score doesn't get much attention here. It's so charming and tender, not to mention full of memorable melodies.

I'm glad I grabbed my copy when this came out.

Alex


Yes, "A Very Merry Christmas" is a true show-stopper.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

...While the sound is archival in nature, mastering engineer James Nelson has done a great job of making it sound as good as it ever will.

Of course this "old" re-issue is a wonderful announcement to bump up.
FYI, "archival" quality means pristine, good enough to archive, not ancient, poor or primitive sound. The latter is communicated by noting the acetate sources which weren't meant for long-term storage or use.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


FYI, "archival" quality means pristine, good enough to archive, not ancient, poor or primitive sound.





"Archival" means being part of an archive, like a collection of old film, old newspapers, old audio etc.
Archival material might be in any range of condition. "Archival" material requires housing in environments or storage materials which protect the condition of the material, whatever that condition might be.
"Conservation" is the process of repairing damaged archival material or restoring it to its original condition. The material is still "archival" whether before or after conservation.
The worth of archival material is based on the importance of an item or collection to an historical record, the importance of the material being determined by the information it provides about a person, community or event.

:-)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

This is the most exciting release of the year!

Glad to see that Kritzerland is getting away from musicals and returning to film scores!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Archival" means being part of an archive, like a collection of old film, old newspapers, old audio etc.
Archival material might be in any range of condition. "Archival" material requires housing in environments or storage materials which protect the condition of the material, whatever that condition might be.


Exactly, and what many here refer to as C&C releases, I refer to as archival releases, because that is what they are.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Archival material might be in any range of condition. :-)

Exactly. Items in an archive might be in any condition, not inherently bad or good. But "archival quality" means something in best condition. I would say it's like "museum quality" but that probably has the same pair of opposite connotations. But this discussion is irrelevant to the KRITZERLAND release.

http://www.kritzerland.com/carol2.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

This is the most exciting release of the year!

Glad to see that Kritzerland is getting away from musicals and returning to film scores!


Sorry to disappoint you, but this CD is not being re-issued this year (as far as I know).

I simply bumped the thread to open a discussion about this beautiful score.

Alex

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Alex, this old re-issue is still available, so no harm done in bumping it up. Sorry to derail it briefly.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

With all due respect to Herrmann, I personally feel that later musicalizations of the story did a better job of integrating the songs into the story. “Darkest Day of Winter” and “Very Merry Christmas” are both very good, but the rest of the songs stick out like a sore thumb and advance the story in no way at all (with Scrooge’s lost love, I personally feel a lament works better for that bit as in the Magoo and Muppet adaptations, even though the latter technically had it’s song cut on initial release, though Bricusse did write a decent song for her in Scrooge). Of course, it doesn’t help that Herrmann was scoring a very badly rushed adaptation (how could you leave out the bulk of Christmas Yet to Come? Though it was interesting seeing Mary Costa before she became the voice of Princess Aurora in one of the commercials). All that said, I think Herrmann did a decent job given what he had to work with.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)



Sorry to disappoint you, but this CD is not being re-issued this year (as far as I know).


Onya is being a troll, AGAIN.
Or at least trying to make a joke that isn't funny at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

"Herrmann"

PURCHASED under assumption a few were/are left/whatever.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2020 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Alex, this old re-issue is still available, so no harm done in bumping it up. Sorry to derail it briefly.

This is good news!

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I could not figure out why we were suddenly getting a lot of orders for this over the last few days - NOW I understand smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 2:03 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Proof, if it were needed, that FSM film score chat generates CD sales for the OST boutique labels.

 
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