Bernard Herrmann Film Scores: From Citizen Kane to Taxi DriverMilan Records (M2-36095)
Formats: CD, Digital (70 min)
Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Film Music CollectionSilva America (SSD 1093)
Review: Taxi Driver
3.5 / 5 Stars
Herrmann chose horns and percussion to represent the strength and impression of solidity that Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) emanates. The majority of the score is dark horns with a jazzy element underscoring it.
In addition to the complete score, a few extras are included: "Diary of a Taxi Driver" contains narration from the film over Herrmann's music. Also, a few tracks which were arranged by Dave Blume are presented, allowing us to hear a jazz interpretation of the themes.
If you are a fan of a calm, dark score, this CD is perfect for you. If you are a Herrmann completionist, then definitely pick it up. But if you are expecting a rousing score (ala VERTIGO), then you might want to pass on this one.
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