Limited Edition of 1,000 Copies
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Conducted by Franz Waxman
|1.||ELEPHANT WALK: Elephant Walk Prelude*|
|3.||An Angry Ruth*|
|4.||The Necklace (Part 2)*|
|7.||BOTANY BAY: Botany Bay Prelude and Foreword / The King's Convicts|
|8.||Cat With Nine Lashes / Start of Voyage|
|11.||New Escape Plot|
|12.||Attempted Murder / Futile Escape|
|13.||Keel Treatment (Muffled Drums)|
|15.||Arrival at New South Wales|
|16.||Capt. Gilbert's New Plan|
|17.||Native Drums / The Plot Fails / The Penalty|
|18.||Love & Victory|
|19.||STALAG 17: Stalag 17 Main Title (Film Version)|
|20.||Treachery & Reverence|
|21.||Brick Kremlins / The Commandant's Visit / The General's Phone Call|
|22.||When Johnny Comes Marching Home|
|25.||Stalag 17 Main Title|
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Franz Waxman at Paramount. One great composer, one great studio, and an astonishing batch of scores. If Waxman had written only Sunset Blvd. and A Place in the Sun for Paramount he would have been assured his place in the pantheon of great film composers. But he wrote many other fantastic scores for the studio as well, including Elephant Walk, Botany Bay, and Stalag 17. The films are as different as can be, but Franz Waxman brings his musical genius to each. For all three scores we present all of the surviving musical cues.
We begin our triple bill with Elephant Walk. Right from the first chords of the "Prelude," its lush theme transporting us immediately into the world of the film, we know we are in the safe and brilliant hands of a composer at the top of his game. What follows demonstrates Waxman's usual adeptness at capturing mood, incident and characters, including his splendid dramatic action cue for the film's climactic "Elephant Stampede." While it's a shame that the entire score hasn't survived, the cues presented herein beautiful-sounding stereoare an excellent representation of Waxman's contribution to the film.
Next up is the 1953 Paramount film Botany Bay. Waxman's "Prelude and Foreword" sets the tone of the film and its tale. From there he provides a textbook on film scoring, with adventure and drama on the high seas, with heroes and villains, with drama and suspenseall with the classic Waxman sound. Happily, the majority of the score cues have survived for Botany Bayclose to forty minutes of music, all in crisp, clear mono sound.
For Stalag 17, the last of our Waxman triple bill, he came up with a brief but perfect score, utilizing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" as its basis. Otherwise, it's percussion and brief bits of scoring that work wonderfully well in the film. Again, Waxman's innate approach to material and his knowing when music is necessary and when it isn't is what made him one of the greatest film composers in the history of movies. The main title, with its propulsive drums and treatment of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," is the perfect start to the film. We present the surviving tracks in mono, as they were recorded.
This release is limited to 1,000 copies.
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Released: September 17, 1991