articleClassic Film Scores:
Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra


First released in 1973 on the RCA label, this series opened up a world of film music to the average person on the street. Charles Gerhardt made them aware that film music was a lot more than musical notes in the background of a scene. His arrangements and the performance of the National Philharmonic Orchestra only enhanced his case to the public and these releases became very popular.

The performances were a step above the pop arrangements as the participants involved truly had a feel for film music. Included along with Alfred Newman in the film releases were Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman, and Miklos Rozsa the hall of fame names in Golden Age Film Music. The USPS even issued a CD Celebrating the Classics in 1999 when they honored these six individuals with stamps.

MainTitles reviewer Thomas Kiefner will review the remastered recordings of the reissues from Sony Masterworks. We'll bring them together on this page, so keep an eye to discover some of the best golden age music.

Available reviews

Alfred Newman
Classic Film Scores of Alfred Newman

Dimitri Tiomkin
Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin

Humphrey Bogart films
Classic Film Scores For Humphrey Bogart

Charles Gerhardt conducting the NPO Classic Film Scores: Erik Wolfgang Korngold, original cover