elmer bernstein The Classic Soundtrack Collection (4 CD boxed set, £8.75)
Highly esteemed composer and conductor Elmer Bernstein produced some of cinema’s most memorable soundtracks across a career that spanned more than 50 years. With such classic scores as those for the movies ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Rat Race’, ‘Birdman Of Alcatraz’, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of ‘Cape Fear’ to his name, alongside numerous others, Bernstein will forever be remembered as one of the greatest and most influential composers of the 20th Century. While consistently prolific throughout his life, it was Bernstein’s work in the 1950s and 1960s which remains the most iconic, challenging and pioneering of his career. This collection, spanning over five hours of music on four discs, collates the very best of Elmer Bernstein’s scores. Featuring eight original soundtrack LPs, plus a selection of film themes from movies he scored that were not accompanied by full recordings, this delightful compilation allows the listener to experience some of the world’s finest film scores as solely soundtrack recordings, a wholly different experience to the same pieces accompanying their relevant films.
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