CD Reviews Alfred Newman

How to Marry a Millionaire

Thanks to Film Score Monthly’s series of Golden Age original soundtracks and the Marco Polo restorations of William Stromberg and John Morgan, the vast musical riches of 20th Century-Fox, one of the key institutions of the studio era, are finding their way to a new public. Two recent entries in the FSM series frame the … Continue reading How to Marry a Millionaire

Song of Bernadette

Alfred Newman’s Oscar-winning score for THE SONG OF BERNADETTE contains some of the most beautiful and inspiring music ever written. Newman originally re-recorded eight tracks from the score when the film was first released in 1943 for a Decca 78rpm set, which was re-issued several times on LP but, unfortunately, that superb recording has never … Continue reading Song of Bernadette

The Best of Everything

Thanks to Film Score Monthly’s series of Golden Age original soundtracks and the Marco Polo restorations of William Stromberg and John Morgan, the vast musical riches of 20th Century-Fox, one of the key institutions of the studio era, are finding their way to a new public. Two recent entries in the FSM series frame the … Continue reading The Best of Everything

The Egyptian

Few film scores are as beautifully melodic, or as spiritually uplifting, as THE EGYPTIAN (1954). The popularity of the music is evidenced by the fact that the score, on LP or CD, has rarely been out of print over the past fifty years. Just about the only other soundtrack to have received similar uninterrupted availability … Continue reading The Egyptian

The Egyptian

This splendid new recording in true stereo of one of the classic collaborations of Hollywood composers derives itself from the original score composition to present the music as it was intended to appear in the film. The “original score recording” (reissued beautifully on CD by Varèse Sarabande) was a monophonic re-recording by Alfred Newman, in … Continue reading The Egyptian

The Robe

When The ROBE, the first film in the widescreen CinemaScope process premiered during the winter of 1953/54, not the least of the PR emphasis was on the innovative multichannel stereophonic sound system (“ … superior new Stereophonic Sound enhances the scope of audience participation!”). While the various sound systems that went with such giant screen … Continue reading The Robe

Wilson

Screen Archives’ latest endeavor is this splendid representation of Alfred Newman’s patriotic, star-spangled score for Darryl F. Zanuck’s biopic of US President Woodrow Wilson. The music is mostly based on patriotic folk tunes and marches, and is quite an interesting look at Newman’s ability to orchestrate and incorporate a myriad of diverse musical sources. The … Continue reading Wilson

Wuthering Heights

As with many of the best composers, Newman had a distinctive “sound” especially in his use of strings, often playing on the very highest registers. Another of his trademarks as a conductor was the tight sound his orchestra would give to crescendos – giving a unique abruptness to the conclusion of passages. His music has … Continue reading Wuthering Heights