"It's hard to believe that the luscious, Romantic music that Alfred Newmanwrote for these three films was composed by the same guy who did the jazzy,urban main title of Airport. But then again, versatility is the hallmark ofthe film composer, and unlike his colleagues with more recognizable personalstyles (Korngold, Rozsa, and Waxman, for example), Newman was the consummateprofessional, always ready to submerge his individuality in support of theaction on screen. And yet, as Bill Whitaker points out in his excellentbooklet notes, it was the Connecticut native Newman more than anyone else whowas responsible for the Hollywood sound of the 1940s and '50s, and whosegift for creating a seemingly endless stream of Romantic melody really madethe style and achievement of his immigrant colleagues possible. Newman'slyrical gifts are everywhere in evidence on this disc, from the haunting tunethat dominates the second half of the suite from All About Eve, to themusic he devised to represent the gypsy girl Esmeralda in The Hunchback ofNotre Dame. The performances and recordings are up to the high standards ofthis wonderful series. A first rate tribute to one of Hollywood's musicalgiants."