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The Five Days of Recording Citizen Kane

   Early morning--the 9 harps arrive for "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef"
 
First rehersal--the National Philharmonic Orchestra   
 
   Rehearsing the aria from "Kane"--Charles Gerhardt and Kiri Te Kanawa
 
Recording Salammbo's aria   
 
   The Death Hunt--8 solo horns
 
Playback--conductor Gerhardt and composer Herrmann   
 
   The 9 harps recording The Octopus; note large church organ in background
 
Herrmann confers with the orchestra's first trumpet, John Wilbraham; Producer Korngold in foreground   
 
   Joaquin Achucarro recording the Concerto Macabre
 
The African rhythms of "White Witch Doctor"--plenty of timpani!   
 
   Native log drum
 
The "brake drum" (this one from a Volkswagen)   
 
   Roto-toms for "Witch Doctor"
 
Another unusual color--the tuba using a mute   
 
   An orchestral rarity--the obsolete serpent
 
High spirits after the final session--George Korngold, Bernard Herrmann and Charles Gerhardt   
 




Photographs and notes are from the RCA 1974 album
CITIZEN KANE: THE CLASSIC FILM SCORES OF BERNARD HERRMANN
Copyright © 1974-1999 by RCA

In memory of Charles Gerhardt (1928-1999)


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