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Hitchcock Suite


The Hitchcock Suite presents themes from two of the four movies Tiomkin scored for the ‘master of suspense’: Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954) and Strangers on a Train (1951). The first opens with a close-up of a telephone dial, accompanied by a few sinister musical notes that soon evolve into a waltz theme. The theme continues as we see Grace Kelly, kissing first Ray Milland, then Robert Cummings in different settings. The romantic interludes suddenly escalate into an elaborate murder plot. Strangers on a Train’s main title is not one theme but a collection that is reprised in this tight thriller. Using a large orchestra, Tiomkin reinforces images of Robert Walker and Farley Granger’s walking feet and crisscrossing rails, calling attention to one of Hitchcock’s favourite plot points of double motif or identity transference (‘I’ll commit your murder if you commit mine’). Hitchcock’s cameo in this film shows him boarding a train carrying a double bass.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011


Tiomkin: The greatest film scores
Studio Master: LSO0720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Extract: Dial 'M' for Murder and Strangers on a Train

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 10

Extract: Dial 'M' for Murder and Strangers on a Train
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: August 2012
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