It sometimes happens. Franz Waxman composed a wonderful film score for a not-so-wonderful film. In fact, the 1962 movie "Taras Bulba" was a disappointment not only to the critics, but also to the film's star, Yul Brynner. Based on Nicolai Gogol's 1835 novella, "Taras Bulba" tells the tale of the 16th Century Zaporozhian Cossack of the title, who fought for Ukranian independence from Poland. Though the film foundered, Waxman was able to exploit his affinity for music from that part of the world, and his love of colorful, Tchaikovsky-style orchestration, to create a score that provided the film's only Oscar nomination.
Now Waxman's complete score has been newly recorded for the Tadlow label. Host David Garland presents highlights from the recording, and also speaks about the music with the composer's son, John Waxman. Selections from other scores by Franz Waxman will also be heard.