Nosferatu – James Bernard

Back in the summer of 2016 I wrote this:

aaaaaaaaaaand finally, something  a little bit different. A 7″ single, or E.P. really, that came out on Record Store Day this year but was still in the store and, as I am a bit of a sucker for Soundtracks, I really had to pick it up and take it home.

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Record Store Day celebrates German cinematic culture this year with this special edition silver colored vinyl 7″ single of ‘Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror) from the 1922 German Expressionist horror film. The original score composed by Hans Erdmann has been lost, and what remains is a reconstitution of the score as it was played in 1922. James Bernard, composer of the soundtracks of many Hammer horror films in the late 1950s and 1960s, has written a score for a reissue. This particular 7” version contains audio performed in 1997 by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine. Limited to 3000 numbered copies.

Side A
Omens of Nosferatu
The Pursuit of Knock

Side B
The Ship of Doom

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It’s a wonderful thing and, although it was £7.00 I feel it was worth it and, of course, it wasn’t my money paying for it!

Below is a video that somebody made of it playing on their turntable.


 

So that was then. The full soundtrack came out and every time I went to the store I saw it but at £32 it was too rich for my blood, until they had a sale and I got it for £10 off. I just played it again this evening, here is a bit of it:

This resulted in the following exchange:

Wife: What’s this? I sounds like murder music

Verian: It is, it’s from the 1922 Nosferatu film, in blood red vinyl.

Wife: Why are you listening to that? Well you can turn it off, I’m putting the telly on.

This is where the extremely cheap bluetooth transmitter that I bought came in handy, it’s not ideal, but it does a job.

The entire film can be watched below, and I’d recommend it, although I am unsure which score was used for it.

You could also watch the film at http://nonsilentfilm.com where it has been the subject of a new sound design, so that it is no longer a silent movie, using Getty Images sound library. To be honest, I think it spoils it as at times it sounds like The Sims, but it was still a clever piece of work.

Album Tracklist

A1 Overture – Omens Of Nosferatu 3:03
A2 Hutter And Ellen 2:11
A3 Ellen’s Disquiet 5:12
A4 Journey To Orlok’s Castle 6:04

B1 In The Castle 5:21
B2 Ellen Sleep-Walks 6:10
B3 Hutter’s Discovery 3:24

C1 Loading The Coffins 3:58
C2 Ellen By The Seashore 3:23
C3 The Ship Of Doom 5:19
C4 Orlok’s Lair 2:43

D1 The Plague 5:55
D2 The Pursuit Of Knock 2:47
D3 The Power Of Orlok / The Death Of Ellen 7:34

Rating: 9.0

 

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