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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The score of a lifetime', 2 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Franz Waxman - Taras Bulba (Audio CD)
... thus spake the great composer Bernard Herrmann, and who could disagree with him?

I have always treasured the music that Franz Waxman wrote for Taras Bulba, having purchased the 'soundtrack' LP (apparently re-recorded) when it first came out many years ago. It is a pity that the film did not do justice to the music!!! More recently there have been other recordings of various parts of the score, but never before the complete work, together with several pieces not used in the film. Some of these are, in my opinion, little more than 'interesting', but the Ride of the Cossacks, arranged for two pianos/six hands, is terrific - something Liszt would have loved! Also included in these extras are three movements from the Concert Suite that the composer put together, and are great to have.

Tadlow Music has been doing us proud, but I really feel that this two CD recording is their best yet. Both sound and performance are top notch, and I've never heard that wonderful piece The Ride of the Cossacks (what a wonderful proms number it would be!) performed with such panache - the orchestra seem to have been swept up in the excitement!
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Franz Waxman - Taras Bulba by City of Prague PO (Audio CD - 2011)
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