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Rebecca (Score)
Franz Waxman, Joel McNeely
Rebecca (Score)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
 
Director Alfred Hitchcock had long been a cinematic force in his native England when legendary producer David O. Selznick signed him for Rebecca, an adaptation of a Daphne du Maurier novel and his first American film. Hitc...  more »

      
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All Artists: Franz Waxman, Joel McNeely
Title: Rebecca (Score)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 4/12/1940
Re-Release Date: 9/10/2002
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206616026, 4005939616021, 003020661602

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Director Alfred Hitchcock had long been a cinematic force in his native England when legendary producer David O. Selznick signed him for Rebecca, an adaptation of a Daphne du Maurier novel and his first American film. Hitch may have later dismissed the 1940 collaboration as an anomaly in his masterful canon of suspense and intrigue, but it has long since become regarded as one of his most accomplished and emotionally compelling masterpieces. Composer Franz Waxman's score is key to the film's gothic romantic atmosphere and was honored with an Oscar nomination (the film won for Best Picture and Best Cinematography), despite Selznick's meddling with his finished work. For this release, producer Robert Townson and conductor Joel McNeely diligently worked from Waxman's original notes and materials to restore arguably the greatest romantic score of Hollywood's golden age to its full glory. The spectacular new 20-bit digital recording perfectly captures the brooding, nuanced atmosphere of the original, while fulfilling Waxman's original vision with previously unused or cut cues. This is the film that built Waxman's considerable Hollywood reputation, now in a presentation that finally does him and the score justice. --Jerry McCulley
 

CD Reviews

Great score from Hollywood's golden era
Bryant Burnette | Tuscaloosa, AL | 05/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a re-recording (by the always-excellent Joel McNeely conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) of Frank Waxman's music for the 1940 film "Rebecca." The movie is historically notable for a number of reasons: it won the Oscar for Best Picture; it was Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film; and it was produced by David O. Selznick concurrently with another little film he produced, "Gone with the Wind." The music was written by German immigrant Franz Waxman, and is lush, gorgeous stuff in the way only scores from this particular era of Hollywood can manage.The CD is about 55 minutes long, and is composed of 18 tracks. It's a great score, one that gets better with every listen. And as if the score weren't reason enough to buy the CD, the liner notes on the somewhat troubled history of the film in general and the scoring process in particular are fantastic.Highly recommended to people who love film music."