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Friday, November 25, 2005


La Maschera Del Demonio/La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo
Music by Roberto Nicolosi
Digitmovies CDDM035 (Italy)
26 Tracks 56:18 mins.

Two horror films by Mario Bava from the early '60s, better known in the U.S.A. as Black Sunday and The Evil Eye, here receive a premiere release of their original scores by the late Italian composer Roberto Nicolosi (Black Sunday was re-scored for U.S. audiences by Les Baxter and it was this music which enjoyed a CD release on the Bay Cities label a few years back).
Both Nicolosi scores would not be out of place in the old Universal horrors or the more recent Hammer chillers; both are dark, menacing and suspenseful, with striking crescendos, and sport little in the way of light relief, though Evil Eye does feature some jazzy source music, a light and fluffy Fellini/Rotaesque travelling theme, and a briefly heard love theme.
Among the colourful and informative accompanying booklet features are stills and artwork from the films and a biography of the composer.

Rosemary's Baby
Music by Krzysztof Komeda
Harkit Records HRKCD8135
24 Tracks 42:52 mins.

Harkit here present an extended version of Komeda's unsettling music for 1968's Rosemary's Baby, starring Mia Farrow and directed by Roman Polanski, supplementing the original album tracks with a flowing jazz vocalese of the famous main theme by Urzula Dudziakj and Walk Away, plus two solo piano rehearsals of the theme by the composer himself.
In addition to the several different variations of the main theme, including of course Miss Farrow's familiar wordless vocal, the score itself features many eerie moments, including ritualistic chanting, as well as more lightweight, even trippy moments, and even some pseudo-Westernisms in Dream.
The accompanying informative booklet includes a biography of the composer and is presented in English and Polish.


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