The January, 2011 issue of Film Score Monthly is out, and in their 2011 in Review article they list a number of notable CD releases from last year that are worth a look. Some are limited editions, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested:
- Jerry Goldsmith: Intrada seems to make more Jerry Goldsmith scores available each year, and 2011 was no exception. Last year saw 2-CD releases of The Explorers, First Knight, The Great Train Robbery, Gremlins, Masada, and The Sand Pebbles. Tora! Tora! Tora! also got a more complete reissue. The new DVD company Twilight Time also issues several Goldsmith-penned films with isolated scores, including Stagecoach, Fate Is the Hunter and The Flim-Flam Man.
- Elmer Bernstein: The CD label Kritzerland celebrated its 100th release with an edition of Elmer Berstein’s classic Summer and Smoke, for which he received his third Oscar nomination. The label also issued Drango, Men In War, and the Anthony Perkins double bill Fear Strikes Out and The Tin Star. These are all limited-edition releases, so act fast.
- Bernard Herrmann: 2011 would have been Bernard Herrmann’s 100th birthday, and to celebrate, Varèse Sarabande issued the $200 boxed set, Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox. That release apparently sold out in days, but there are still many other new releases available for the Herrmann aficionado. Especially notable are the two volumes of scores from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
- Franz Waxman: Finally, 2011 saw the release of several Franz Waxman CDs. Counterpoint released a 2-CD set of the Sunset Boulevard score, featuring all the remaining tracks from the Paramount Pictures archives, and including some deleted and unused material. Tadlow Music also released a 2-CD edition of Waxman’s Taras Bulba score, which Bernard Herrmann called “the score of a lifetime.”