Charles Gerhardt pictorial tribute available on Kindle

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? For less than US$10 you can purchase a Kindle ebook featuring conductor Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra photographed by Alain Littaye in 1975 during the RCA recording sessions for The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin.

Alain Littaye is a well-regarded Disney theme park historian and coauthor of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality. As a teenage he wrote a letter to Gerhardt who granted him permission to take the photographs assembled for this booklet.

Introduced by Alain, with a Foreword by Robert E. Benson that captures Benson’s friendship with Gerhardt, there are around three dozen images. Dimitri and Olivia Tiomkin appear in the background in four of the pictures.

Charles Gerhardt worked for RCA as an engineer and editor before becoming a producer/engineer. Beginning in 1972, he conducted the “Classic Film Score” series that would include music by Dimitri Tiomkin.

READ: Dutton Vocalion reissues Lost Horizon: The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin

I know Chuck had great admiration and respect for Dimitri, and was delighted to record Lost Horizon which was one of his costly productions with all that extra percussion and chorus.

Email communication from Robert E. Benson, December 21, 2019

“I remember well going with Dimitri to hear Chuck recording his music, it was for Dimitri a deeply emotional experience. Later, when the recordings were ready, Chuck and George Korngold visited us in Paris and played the music to us. It was wonderful that after 40 years Dimitri was able to hear his music come to life again.

Email communication from Olivia Douglas, December 22, 2019

An earlier tribute by Littaye to Lawrence of Arabia director David Lean resulted in a documentary, In Love with the Desert, directed by Littaye with Lean’s close friend, Eddie Fowlie.

A Pictorial Tribute to Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra: The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin: Lost Horizon, The 1975 Recording Session published to Kindle by Aldebaran Publishing in August 2019.

Christopher Palmer, Olivia Tiomkin, and Dimitri Tiomkin, Kingsway Hall, London, December 1976. Photograph by Clive Barda.
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