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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann, surveying the years he spent at CBS as a radio and TV composer and conductor.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann, surveying the years he spent at CBS as a radio and TV composer and conductor.

Herrmann joined CBS in the 1930s, and as a relatively new broadcasting organisation, it offered him an exciting platform for his musical innovations. He was in his element and happily met the challenges of live programming with startlingly original scores for numerous radio and TV broadcasts, including classics such as an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and The Twilight Zone.

Exuberance from The Walt Whitman Suite
CBS Orchestra
Cerberus Records CST 0210 S1, B1

The Brave New World Suite
CBS Orchestra
Cerberus Records CST 0210 S2 B1

Little Girl Lost - Where are you? (The Twilight Zone)
Andy Findon, Jim Gregory (flute/alto/piccolo)
Anna Noakes (flute/alto/bass/piccolo)
Nina Roberson (flute/bass)
Helen Tunstall, Thelma Owen, Gillian Tingay, Fiona Hibbert (harps)
Norbert Blume (viola d'amore)
Steve Henderson (percussion)
Joel McNeely (conductor)
Varese Sarabande VSD2 6087 CD2 Tr 2

Cantata Moby Dick (1940); Male Chorus: And God created great whales
Ishmael John Amis (tenor)
The Aeolian Singers
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann (conductor)
UKCD CD 2061 Tr 1

The Devil and Daniel Webster
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Sedares (conductor)
Koch 3-7224-2H1 Trs 1-5

Finale (Symphony No 1)
The Phoenix Symphony
James Sedares (conductor)
Koch 3-7609-2 Tr 10.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Bernard Herrmann

    Exuberance from The Walt Whitman Suite

    Performer: CBS Orchestra

    • Cerberus Records CST 0210 S1, B1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    The Brave New World Suite

    Performer: CBS Orchestra

    • Cerberus Records CST 0210 S2 B1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Little Girl Lost - Where are you? (The Twilight Zone)

    Performer: Andy Findon, Jim Gregory (flute/alto/piccolo) Performer: Anna Noakes (flute/alto/bass/piccolo) Performer: Nina Roberson (flute/bass) Performer: Helen Tunstall, Thelma Owen, Gillian Tingay, Fiona Hibbert (harps) Performer: Norbert Blume (viola d'amore) Performer: Steve Henderson (percussion) Performer: Joel McNeely (conductor)

    • Varese Sarabande VSD2 6087 CD2 Tr 2.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Cantata Moby Dick (1940); Male Chorus: And God created great whales

    Performer: Ishmael John Amis (tenor) Performer: The Aeolian Singers Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

    • UKCD CD 2061 Tr 1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    The Devil and Daniel Webster

    Performer: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Performer: James Sedares (conductor)

    • Koch 3-7224-2H1 Trs 1-5.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Finale (Symphony No 1)

    Performer: The Phoenix Symphony Performer: James Sedares (conductor)

    • Koch 3-7609-2 Tr 10..

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