Music Composed and Conducted by Franz Waxman
To follow the Varèse Sarabande releases of Franz Waxman
’s The Virgin Queen
and Beloved Infidel
, we now induct the composer’s lavish 1960 score for The Story of Ruth
into our CD Club Hall of Fame.
While not an unjustly overlooked motion picture, Franz Waxman
’s contribution to the mammoth production was both an enormous undertaking and towering achievement. An intimate epic to be sure, The Story of Ruth
possesses a character strikingly different from the more famous biblical fare of the time. Waxman’s music is measured and dramatic, exotic, beautiful and very emotional.
The Henry Koster directed/Norman Corwin scripted film starred Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood and Vivica Lindfors in a film transformation of the Old Testament’s Book of Ruth, a transformation which was surprisingly convoluted and spanned nearly a decade and a half! This journey is revealed in great detail in Christopher Husted’s comprehensive liner notes.
Waxman’s score, as so many great ones have, untimely fell victim to its own film’s lack of success and has been largely lost to the sands of time. No soundtrack album was ever issued and only Waxman’s concert suite from the score has, before now, found its way to the commercial market. In a major restoration undertaking, Varèse Sarabande Records and Twentieth Century Fox are proud to present over seventy minutes of Waxman’s powerful music from The Story of Ruth