BERNARD HERRMANN (1911-1975): Whitman (reconstr. Christopher Husted) (William Sharp, Murray Horwitz, Annasophia Nicely [speakers]), Psycho : A Narrative for String Orchestra (reconstr. John Mauceri [b.1945]), Souvenirs de Voyage for Clarinet Quintet (David Jones [clarinet], Netanel Dreiblate, Eva Cappelletti Chao [violins], Philippe Chao [viola], Benjamin Capps [cello]).
Catalogue Number: 10W010
Description: Herrmann was famous for his film scores, but he was also a leading figure in music for radio, to which he brought his inimitable palette of mood and sonority. Whitman, whose subject is Walt Whitman’s collection of poems “Leaves of Grass”, was a half-hour 1944 radio drama, a genre now much neglected but revived in this newly restored version. Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra is not a suite or excerpts from the film but a 15-minute concert work, re-ordered and re-composed (and reconstructed in 1999 by conductor John Mauceri), while Souvenirs de voyage is one of the most polished and seductive of all American chamber works. Texts included. PostClassical Ensemble; Angel Gil-Ordóñez.