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Film Music Classics - Waxman: Objective Burma

Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557706   Spars Code: n/a 
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

Now on Naxos, here is Waxman's splendid 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 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 and again in various shapes and emotional guises, amid more foreboding
Read more 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. [3/2/2005]

--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 

Sound Samples

Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Main Title - Opening Scene - Briefing in an Hour
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Take Off - In the Plane
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Jumping
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Killing the Sentry - Getting Ready
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Stop Firing - No Landing
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Andante
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Two Came Back - Hollis is OK
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Burmese Village - Jacob's Death - Burial - Retreat
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Resting - Radio Gone
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Missing the Plane - Waiting - Up the Hill - Williams' Death
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): At Night
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): Invasion - Landing
Objective, Burma! (restored J. Morgan): The Camp - Finale

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