Bernard 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 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 concert work, re-ordered and re-composed, while Souvenirs de voyage is one of the most polished and seductive of all American chamber works.
BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020
The 1944 radio play Whitman might be the selling point, but Bernard Herrmann’s bewitching 1967 Clarinet Quintet stands tallest here. The play’s effective score minus dialogue would have been a bonus.