Spellbound/Other Recordings

July 15, 2006



If you read my review I hope you will wonder in amazement like I do about the lack of any OST material available for this score. There is one additional interesting piece that you should listen to if at all possible and that is “The Spellbound Concerto” recorded in the 1980’s by Pierce and Jonas (the piece was a premiere) for dual pianos and was performed by the Utah Symphony conducted by Elmer Bernstein. At the time of this writing the piece was still available on a CD called Hollywood Chronicles thru Tower Records http://www.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=1764415&title=Hollywood+Chronicle%3a+Great+Movie+Classics&artist=Original+Scores. The catalog number is VSD 5351. This is far too important a piece of music to just let slide away into obscurity. As a stand alone piano concerto piece if you would try to compare it to a Beethoven or Tchaikovsky work it would be classified into the student area. But this is Rozsa and its a wonderful work. One of my more lofty goals would be to somehow figure out a way to release all of this material again. The Stanyan recording that I reviewed along with this duo piano version would make for a nice CD. Heh, Rod McKuen is nice enough but I would rather listen to this concerto as a followup as opposed to “A Place In The Sun” and the other material. Hmm? 45+22=67 minutes. Would fit rather nicely I think.

The other recording of note that would be worth having is the Gerhardt/National Philharmonic compilation of Rozsa works. Alas, the Spellbound portion is only 5 minutes but doing a quick google I found several entries to purchase used. One of the many listed is http://www.djangomusic.com/item_music.asp?id=R++++84595&dt=33&cid=&sid=&mediatype= and it was only $4.00. In addition you get excellent recordings of Double Indemnity, Lost Weekend, and many others.


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