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Citizen Kane - Complete Score - Bernard Herrmann

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Here is Bernard Herrmann's complete original score, his very first, and for the greatest film of all. Orson Welles came to California from New York in 1940 to direct his first film and brought with him composer Bernard Herrmann to score what would also be his first film. Film and film music have never been the same. Herrmann was known to have grumbled in an interview "My first film was CITIZEN KANE and it's been downhill ever since!" Wile Herrmann's filmography would go on to include such classics as THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, VERTIGO, PSYCHO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, TAXI DRIVER and many more justifiable classics his comment is, if not accurate, certainly characteristic of him.

CITIZEN KANE was Orson Welles' first film...and what a debut it was! The star/director/writer won an Academy Award for his screenplay and made what has stood now for 60 years as the film masterpiece of this century...and he was only 24!
Here Joel McNeely adds another classic recording to his historic series featuring some of Herrmann's most remarkable work. Grammy-winning soprano Janice Watson sings the aria Salaambo for this recording of the complete CITIZEN KANE, the film recently named "the greatest film of all time" by the American Film Institute.

The CD cover features an original painting by Matthew Joseph Peak
Track Listing
1. Prelude (2:59)
2. Rain (1:27)
3. Litany (1:15)
4. Manuscript Reading And Snow Picture (1:36)
5. Mother's Sacrifice (0:50)
6. Charles Meets Thatcher (0:45)
7. Galop (0:46)
8. Dissolve (0:14)
9. Second Manuscript (0:58)
10. Thanks (0:08)
11. Bernstein's Narration (0:37)
12. Kane's New Office (0:48)
13. Hornpipe Polka (0:45)
14. Carter's Exit (0:39)
15. Chronicle Scherzo (1:03)
16. Bernstein's Presto (0:19)
17. Kane's Return (0:26)
18. Valse Presentation (0:55)
19. Sunset Narration (2:47)
20. Theme And Variations (3:02)
21. Kane And Susan (0:28)
22. Susan's Room (2:14)
23. Mother Memory (0:31)
24. The Trip (1:13)
25. Getty's Departure (0:32)
26. Kane Marries (0:55)
27. Salaambo's Aria (4:10)
28. Leland's Dismissal (0:58)
29. New Dawn Music (0:47)
30. Xanadu (1:36)
31. Jigsaws (0:59)
32. Second Xanadu (1:14)
33. Kane's Picnic (0:35)
34. Susan Leaves (1:06)
35. El Rancho (0:30)
36. The Glass Ball (1:32)
37. Finale (2:33)

Bonus Cuts
38. The Night (3:06)
39. Xanadu Music (2:27)
40. Dawn (0:57)