Sony Classical to re-issue classic MGM and Warner soundtracks
Sony Classical has issued the first batch of more than 40 key movie soundtracks from the vaults of the MGM and Warner film studios. Each recording will be digitally re-mastered and include rare outtakes and bonus tracks as well as extensive liner notes and behind-the-scenes photos.
Already available is Max Steiner’s soundtrack for the original King Kong in 1933, considered by many to be the first important score to come out of Hollywood, the complete version of Bernard Herrmann’s music for Alfred Hitchock’s 1949 thriller North by Northwest, and the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey featuring music by Richard Strauss, Ligeti and Khachaturian.
Future releases will include Miklós Rózsa’s Oscar-winning score for Ben Hur, widely regarded as the greatest film soundtrack of all, Jerome Kern’s Showboat, which has since found its way into the repertoire of opera companies, and a second Max Steiner offering, Gone With the Wind.
A number of musicals by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe and others will also feature.