Bernard Herrmann Symphony No.1; Suite: Devil & Daniel Webster; Concerto Macabre; For the Fallen


James Sedares (cond.)
Phoenix Symphony
New Zealand S.O
Sara Davis Buechner (pno)

Catalogue Number: ALC 1491
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Date/Runtime: DDD, 1992-5 Time 74:17
Barcode: 5055354414916


“Like Korngold, Herrmann was a consummate movie composer: his only Symphony -inventive, soundly constructed, always eventful and excitingly scored – successfully taps a harmonically tangy, neoromantic vein reminiscent of Barber at his best … The Devil & Daniel Webster (Suite) was assembled shortly after the film’s score won its Oscar … Herrmann treats several New England folk-tunes to his own special brand of orchestral wizardry. The score is both a gentle, sepia-tinted portrait of rustic Americana and a wickedly endearing account of Mr Scratch’s devilish interventions … the 1943 berceuse For the Fallen, is a brief, but poignant lament for the soldiers killed in action … James Sedares and the NZSO are on top form throughout this valuable addition to Koch’s concert works by acclaimed film composers” (Gramophone)

Symphony No.1 [36:00]
[1]   Maestoso – Allegro 13.52
[2]   Scherzo 5.56
[3]   Andante sostenuto 8.42
[4]   Rondo – Finale 7.29
[5] Concerto Macabre for piano & orchestra 10:55
 from the film “Hangover Square”
Sara Davis Buechner (piano)
[6] For the Fallen – a Berceuse 6.51
Suite: The Devil and Daniel Webster [20:04]
[7]  Mr Scratch 5.29
[8]  Ballad of Springfield Mountain 4.36
[9]   Sleighride 1.58
[10] The Miser’s Waltz 5.22
[11] Swing Your Partners 2.37

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm