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Album Review

This is the kind of album that would soon disappear from Elmer Bernstein's output, as he became sufficiently well established in his own right so that he never had to record other people's music again. But he acquits himself well here in his approaches to the music of Franz Waxman (Sayonara), Dimitri Tiomkin (The Men), Alex North (A Streetcar Named Desire), and even his own East Coast-based near-namesake Leonard Bernstein (On the Waterfront). The more lyrical material here tends to push that attribute even further in the arrangements, which add harp and reed flourishes to On the Waterfront's love theme, but where the playing has to be broad ("Fugue for Tinhorns" from Guys and Dolls) or moody ("Blues for Brando" from The Wild One), Bernstein and his orchestra rise to the occasion. The original Dot LP had ten tracks, which have been reshuffled and expanded to 14 for the 2006 CD reissue.


Genre: Soundtrack

If Elmer Bernstein had realized his childhood hopes, he might have been a successful concert pianist from the '40s through the '60s. Instead, thanks to his ability as a composer (manifested at an early age), and the timely intervention of World War II, he has for more than four decades been a major force in popular and film music, and a major influence on American popular culture. Born in New York City, Bernstein as a boy showed a consuming interest in music, especially on the piano. He was a natural...
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Backgrounds for Brando, Elmer Bernstein and His Orchestra
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  • 4,99 €
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: 01 November 2004

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