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Taras Bulba: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Franz Waxman was eminently qualified to score this 1962 epic about Cossack soldiers battling on the Russian steppes in the 16th century. He composed the film's music shortly after becoming the first American to conduct all... more »
Franz Waxman was eminently qualified to score this 1962 epic about Cossack soldiers battling on the Russian steppes in the 16th century. He composed the film's music shortly after becoming the first American to conduct all of the Soviet Union's major orchestras during a historic two-month tour. Waxman, who'd lent his talents to Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun, earned an Oscar nomination for Taras Bulba's spirited and moving arrangements. Borrowing motifs from Ukrainian folk music, he created mini-masterpieces like "The Ride to Dubno," a jaunty, horn-laced tune with a bouncy rhythm that practically transports cross-armed, fuzzy-hat-wearing dancers to your living room and that is still an orchestra program staple around the world under the adopted title "The Ride of the Cossacks." --Richard Martin
INCREDIBLE SOUNDTRACK on CD
gobirds2 | New England | 09/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most rousing and memorable scores of 1960s. Based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol the film and music follows the 16th-century struggle for control of the Ukraine by horseback riding Cossacks and an elite Polish army. This must have been a welcome assignment for Franz Waxman given his place of birth and background knowledge of local folk themes.Born in Chorzow, Poland Franz Waxman moved to the United States in 1934 at 28 years of age. He at once found work in Hollywood and quickly gained recognition as one of the most highly endowed composers of American film music. He was very effective with suspenseful and psychological subject matter as he scored several of Alfred Hitchcock's films: 1940's "REBECCA," 1941's "SUSPICION," 1948's "THE PARADINE CASE" and 1954's "REAR WINDOW." He won Academy Awards for his music to 1950's "SUNSET BOULEVARD" and 1951's A PLACE IN THE SUN and was nominated for several other Oscars ("THE SILVER CHALICE" and "TARAS BULBA" amongst others). This much desired soundtrack has been long out of print and this stereo CD has been a long time coming. It was worth the wait. It sounds incredible. The CD retains the very distinctive and beautiful cover artwork. I highly recommend it."
Great score, cool themes, bit too dated to hold up today
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 09/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to the Taras Bulba soundtrack it's clear that John Williams was a fan of Franz Waxman. Much of this score seems to be the kind of stuff that inspired him in later years. So much so that much of the feeling and emotion in Taras Bulba is not too far removed from the Harry Potter score.
My problem is that the orchestra is rather sparse. I've heard the Taras Bulba score done massively and it's much better than what's on this CD. Yes, the score is great and some of those themes are really cool but they are rather primitive sounding. Even though this release in an 'enhanced' CD (it contains a random clip from the film in pan and scan), try to find the concert CD of the score in the classical sections of your music store. It really is much better."