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Today there are many collections of Bernard Herrmann's film music available, yet this pioneering Classic Film Scores album contains a considerable amount of material not available elsewhere. A blistering "Death Hunt" from On Dangerous Ground (1951) leads to an extended suite from Herrmann's debut score, Citizen Kane (1941). A lugubrious prelude is followed by the elegant, playful "Breakfast Montage" and soprano Kiri Te Kanawa singing the superb Wagnerian "Aria from Salammbo". The suite concludes with the mysterious "Rosebud". Rarer by far is the adventure movie, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), for which Herrmann composed an exhilarating portrait of "The Sea" and a powerful evocation of the ocean deeps, writing for nine harps, woodwinds, drums and organ pedals. For the Gothic thriller Hangover Square (1945) Herrmann crafted an intense and malevolent piano "Concerto Macabre", performed here by Joaquin Achucarro, dramatically re-creating the film's fiery musical finale. Finally conductor Charles Gerhardt presents a long suite from the now forgotten White Witch Doctor (1953), with talking drums laying the foundation for a virtuoso depiction of a thrilling, exotically orchestrated jungle adventure. With detailed notes by Christopher Palmer, explosive playing and tremendously dynamic sound, this album is simply indispensable for anyone who loves the music of Bernard Herrmann. --Gary S. Dalkin