The Bride of Frankenstein

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Franz Waxman's score for James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein has held up better than almost any other movie music of the 1930s. In addition to their association with the movie for which they were composed, major parts of Waxman's score later turned up in the Flash Gordon serials like The Bride of Frankenstein, made at Universal, especially Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, and fragments also showed up in various westerns and B-thrillers. With its strange, sweeping yet disquieting melodies and unusual timbres, it was some of the most ambitious music ever written for the screen -- indeed, if Max Steiner's score to King Kong made that movie into a "symphony accompanied by a ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Franz Waxman's score for James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein has held up better than almost any other movie music of the 1930s. In addition to their association with the movie for which they were composed, major parts of Waxman's score later turned up in the Flash Gordon serials like The Bride of Frankenstein, made at Universal, especially Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, and fragments also showed up in various westerns and B-thrillers. With its strange, sweeping yet disquieting melodies and unusual timbres, it was some of the most ambitious music ever written for the screen -- indeed, if Max Steiner's score to King Kong made that movie into a "symphony accompanied by a motion picture," in the words of composer-pianist Oscar Levant, then Waxman's music for The Bride of Frankenstein gave that movie the impact and sweep of a Wagnerian opera although the finale recalls the Mahler "Symphony No. 2". The Silva Screen recording of the score, by Kenneth Alwyn and the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, is the best representation that Waxman's music has ever had, restoring some sections that were lost to the last-minute pre-release editing of the original film -- the only complaint in the treatment is the use of a synthesizer to enhance certain sections of the score; the instrument's presence is momentary but jarring in those moments. The CD includes a six minute suite of Waxman's music for The Invisible Ray as a bonus , the only other fantasy film that he scored while at Universal; it isn't in the same league as The Bride of Frankenstein's score, but it is entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572102821
  • Catalog Number: 1028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bride of Frankenstein (Main Title) - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (1:24)
  2. 2 Prologue-Menuetto and Storm - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (3:52)
  3. 3 Monster Entrance - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:14)
  4. 4 Processional March - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:16)
  5. 5 Strange Apparition/Pretorius' Entrance/You Will Need a Coat - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:55)
  6. 6 Bottle Sequence - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:13)
  7. 7 Female Monster Music/Pastorale/Village/Chase - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (4:30)
  8. 8 Crucifixion/Monster Breaks Out - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (3:11)
  9. 9 Fire in the Hut/Graveyard - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:07)
  10. 10 Dance Macabre - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (2:09)
  11. 11 The Creation - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (10:14)
  12. 12 The Tower Explodes and Finale - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (3:10)
  13. 13 The Invisible Ray Suite - Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Franz Waxman Primary Artist
John Dawson Violin
Steve Long Percussion, Timbales, Timpani
Steve Watson Violin
Margaret Williams Violin
Mark Ayres Synthesizer
James Martin Keyboards
Richard Horne Percussion, Timbales, Timpani
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith Violin
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Andrew Barnard Percussion, Timbales, Timpani
Paul Hagen Percussion, Timbales, Timpani
Tom Mohan Keyboards
Richard Souper Percussion, Timbales, Timpani
Frank Burgum Trumpet
Helen Calvert Violin
Phillip Cambridge Trombone
Barbara Cavanagh Violin
Rene Delecqmarguerie Violin
Ian Ditchfield Horn
Zoe Fern Cello
Cressida Godfrey Flute
Jasmine Huxtable-Wright Oboe
Angie Laycock Cello
Deborah Needoff Violin
Geoffrey Roussel Bassoon
Louise Rowling Violin
Nina Soloff Violin
Wolfram Titze Cello
Tom Uprichard Trombone
Dug Warn Viola
Andrew Westrup Oboe
Chloe Yangopoulos Violin
Jill Davis Violin
Caroline Salinger Cello
Jillian Warburton Violin
Adrian Wheeler Horn
Abigail Oldham Violin
Helen Richards Cello
Stephen Rinker Bassoon
Richard Salthouse Trumpet
Sue Stephens Cello
Ian Stevens Trombone
Richard Vidler Violin
Richard Wear Violin
Sue Chick Oboe
Sarah Dyer Viola
Christina East Viola
Chris Houslander Tuba
Judith Jerome Flute
Paula Martin Violin
Hideki Morimoto Horn
Paul Munro Violin
William Padel Viola
James Prior Trombone
Jeanette Archbold Viola
Claire Hollocks Violin
Achim Azeez Double Bass
Andrea Broughton Violin
Anna del Nevo Violin
Adrian Dewey Clarinet
Alison Downe Clarinet
Barbara Cavanaugh Violin
Barbara Mackay Violin
Peter Smith Horn
Carys Hughes Harp
Charles Calvert Cello
Celia Ellis Violin
David Frankel Viola
Simon Labbett Clarinet
Elaine Myson Double Bass
Alan Robinson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Soren Hyldgaard Producer, Contributor, Re-Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir Orchestration
Tony Bremner Contributor, Re-Orchestration
Tom Mohan Orchestra Chairman
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
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