The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection

Composer: Elmer Bernstein
Silva Screen
RRP £14.99
SILCD 1178
Available 04 April 2005

In 2004 the world of cinema lost one of the most iconic figures in film composing. In a career that spanned half-a-century and over 250 films, Elmer Bernstein was responsible for writing the music to many of the greatest and most loved movies of all time ranging from
The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape, through to True Grit and Airplane. This collection has been lovingly created and compiled as a tribute to a genius and true master of the art of film scoring...

Elmer Bernstein's career spanned more than 250 movies - that's a lot of music! However, Silva Screen has once again stepped in with this excellent sampler of the great man's work. As a starting point to Bernstein's work this release could not be bettered.

The two-CD set includes excellent recordings from The Birdman of Alcatraz, Thoroughly Modern Millie and An American Werewolf in London. There's also the obligatory The Magnificent Seven theme along with the lovingly recreated score from To Kill a Mockingbird. If nothing else, Bernstein was capable of managing a wide variety of styles as these tracks clearly demonstrate.

Added bonuses include a splendid rendition of Bernstein's theme from Zulu Dawn and to round things off there's The Great Escape march. All told, this is yet another splendid package from Silva Screen and well worth a serious listen.

Anthony Clark

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