The Bride of Frankenstein

Composer: Franz Waxman
Silva Screen
RRP £8.95
Available 26 August 2003

Franz Waxman's score
for the 1935 movie The Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchaster, is far and away the best element of the film. This reissue of the first complete recording of the landmark 1935 score is performed by the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Kenneth Alwyn.

There are some wonderfully atmospheric tracks included here. Processional March is a beautifully haunting piece of music which is reminiscent of snippets of Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, and Bottle Sequence will no doubt bring a smile to your face.

The CD also included tracks from other work by Waxman including Rebecca, The Invisible Ray, Prince Valiant, Suspicion and Taras Bulba. All of these are wonderfully orchestrated and are a wonderful addition to the collection.

Another additional point worth making is one that Silva Screen don't tend to advertise, even though it is something that they should be bringing to the market's attention. This recording is in Dolby Surround. Stick it in your DVD player and, if you have it hooked up to a surround sound system, the resulting effect is like standing in the middle of an orchestra.

This is a fantastic recording of a classic score and should have pride of place in any serious soundtrack collector's collection.

Nick Smithson


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