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Lost Gem

Lost Horizon is one of those rare gems in film music. Not only is the film great, but the music is fantastic. This new recording of (a suite? - it's not the entire score) from Lost Horizon allows the listener to experience the full sonic beauty of the music. The music contained in the film is still great, but the recording quality of the time (1937) was not that great.

The other pieces on the album are also terrific. It was only recently that I discovered Dimitri Tiomkin, but I am so glad I did. His voice stands out from those of his contemporaries (Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann) and stays fresh, even after all these years.


Born: February 6, 1927 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Gerhardt was the first conductor to treat film soundtracks in the same manner as fine concert music. He re-recorded the music with a professional orchestra, thereby encouraging awareness of the many composers writing for the medium. He began to play the piano at the age of five and was already composing and orchestrating his scores at nine. His formal studies were undertaken at the College of William and Mary and the Juilliard School of Music. During World War II, Gerhardt, known to his friends...
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