A Centennial Tribute
By Roger Hall, FMR Editor
Born: Franz Wachsman, 24 December 1906, Konigshutte, Upper Silesia, Germany
Died: 24 February 1967, Los Angeles, California
Franz Waxman was chosen for a Sammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.
A special 3 CD set with three Waxman film scores (REBECCA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, PEYTON PLACE) from Varese Sarabande:
Franz Waxman - A Centenary Celebration
The soundtracks are available separately at these links:
SUNSET BOULEVARD -- "This is one of the greatest re-recordings of a Franz Waxman score. It just bristles with vitality and a bright bold performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, ably conducted by Joel McNeely. Special praise needs to be given to Lynda Cochrane, who has a major role as solo pianist and also plays the tinkly celeste on a few occasions...This first ever complete soundtrack of SUNSET BOULEVARD belongs in any collection of vintage film lovers."
Another collection (highly recommended) is with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Gerhardt:
Sunset Boulevard: The Classic Scores of Franz Waxman
See also the Special Edition DVD with a good featurette on Franz Waxman's Oscar-winning music:
These are several other recommended CDs of film music by Franz Waxman:
MR. SKEFFINGTON -- "another in the extremely well produced Marco Polo series of Golden Age scores by the team of John Morgan and William T. Stromberg. This one concerns the story of a woman's good and bad relationship with her husband over many years, starring two Warner Bros. repertory stars: Bette Davis and Claude Rains. The film score by Franz Waxman is top drawer all the way, filled with subtle changes of mood and orchestral color."
OBJECTIVE BURMA -- "The playing by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra is first rate under the direction of William T. Stromberg. This CD should appeal to those who value the skill of a master like Franz Waxman ."
TARAS BULBA (Enhanced CD)
See the film scores by Franz Waxman at
100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century
For details of his life and music, go to:
Franz Waxman - Official Site
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