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Waxman: Objective Burma / William T. Stromberg, Moscow So

Release Date: 11/14/2000 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8225148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Waxman
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hot on the heels of Franz Waxman's score to Mr. Skeffington, Marco Polo unearths the same composer's music for Raoul Walsh's 1945 World War II epic Objective Burma, a film that starred Erroll Flynn. John Morgan painstakingly restored sequences that were either cut from the final print or for which no full scores survive. The music cues add up to a 71-minute suite that's played in sequence, without interruption. Hearing these cues minus their visual context allows us to fully focus on Waxman's resourceful orchestral palate and sweeping melodies that never cloy. Even Waxman's mandatory Orientalisms are cliché-resistant, and are scored with tasteful restraint. Waxman's jaunty main title theme emerges time
Read more and again in various shapes and emotional guises, amid more foreboding sequences like "At Night", with its serpentine bass clarinet, spooky muted trombones, and eerie string harmonics. Notable too is Waxman's haunting use of eight solo cellos during the cue "Jacob's Death". William Stromberg leads the Moscow Symphony Orchestra with his usual enthusiasm and loving care. Buy this disc, read the synopsis, sit back, listen, and allow the music to create a movie in your mind.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Objective, Burma! by Franz Waxman
Conductor:  William T. Stromberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1945; USA 
Notes: This performance incorporates of the score restored by John Morgan. 

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