Franz Waxman (1906-1967)

Donald Macleod and film musicologist Rachel Segal examine the life and work of Franz Waxman, one of Hollywood's most celebrated and prolific composers.

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01Cabaret Scenes And Gothic Fantasies *20080519Donald Macleod and film musicologist Rachel Segal examine the life and work of Franz Waxman, one of Hollywood's most celebrated and prolific composers.The programme explores the era going from the heady world of 1920s German cabaret to the supernatural drama of Hitchcock's Rebecca, via a quintessential piece of early Hollywood horror.|Allein in einer grossen Stadt (arr.|Fontaine)|Ute Lemper|Gruss und Kuss - Veronika|Eva Busch|Weintraubs Synkopators|Hollander, arr.|Wachsmann (Waxman's name in German): Falling In Love Again|Marlene Dietrich|Friedrich Hollander and his Symphony of Jazz|The Bride Of Frankenstein - film score (Main Title; Danse Macabre; The Creation of the Female Monster)|Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra|Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)|Rebecca - film score (Arrival at Manderley; Mrs Danvers; Rebecca's Room; The New Mrs De Winter; The Fire - Epilogue)|Royal Scottish National Orchestra|Joel McNeely (conductor).
02Annus Mirabilis *20080520The programme looks at the year 1947 - a frenetic year for Waxman, even by his own standards - where he found time to launch the Los Angeles Music Festival, promote the career of a young Isaac Stern, conduct across the world and write one of his finest film scores.|Enescu, arr Waxman: Roumanian Rhapsody No 1|Mark Kaplan (violin)|Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya|Lawrence Foster (conductor)|Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen|Isaac Stern (violin)|New York Philharmonic Orchestra|Franz Waxman (conductor)|Auld Lang Syne - Variations, for string trio and piano|Members of the Kremerata Baltica|Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (The Paradine Case - film score)|David Buechner (piano)|New Zealand Symphony Orchestra|James Sedares (conductor)|Tristan and Isolde Fantasia|Chloe Hanslip (violin)|Charles Owen (piano)|Royal Philharmonic Orchestra|Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
03Hollywood's Golden Composer *20080521The programme looks at Waxman's back-to-back Academy Award success in 1950 and 1951, when he gained two in succession, having previously been nominated six times without ever winning.|Featuring Waxman's moody, jazz-inflected score for A Place in the Sun, and what has been described as his masterpiece - his soundtrack to Billy Wilder's iconic film noir, Sunset Boulevard.|Suite (A Place in the Sun - film score)|Hollywood Bowl Orchestra|Franz Waxman (conductor)|Sunset Boulevard (excerpts from the film score)|Royal Scottish National Orchestra|Joel McNeely (conductor)
04Sacred And Profane *20080522Donald looks at some of Waxman's most eclectic works: a sinfonietta written between continents, a film score based on a book that scandalised America and an epic Biblical oratorio, composed after the tragic death of the composer's wife.|Sinfonietta for string orchestra and timpani|Los Angeles Festival orchestra|Franz Waxman (conductor)|Suite: Peyton Place (arr Patrick Russ)|Camerata Nordica|Joshua: A Dramatic Oratorio for Soloists, Narrator, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra (excerpt from Part 1)|Maximilian Schell (narrator)|Rod Gilfry (baritone)|Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)|Peter Buchi, Patrick Poole (tenor)|Prague Philharmonic Choir|Prague Philharmonia|James Sedares (conductor)
05 LASTImpressions And Epitaphs20080523Contrasting two colourful showpieces for orchestra with the sombre late song-cycle Song of Terezin, Waxman's setting of poems by children interned in the Terezin ghetto in Czechoslovakia.|Goyana: La Marquesa de Santa Cruz|Cristina Ortiz (piano)|Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya|Laurence Foster (conductor)|The Ride to Dubno (Taras Bulba)|MGM Studio Orchestra|Franz Waxman (conductor)|The Song of Terezin|Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)|Berlin Symphony Orchestra|Lawrence Foster (conductor).