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 Posted:   Jul 9, 2013 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I have been searching high and low to find a download of a musical piece written by Lionel Barrymore, called HALLOWEEN, conducted by Miklos Rozsa. I've been able to find a live Hollywood Bowl broadcast of it, but not the studio recording released in the very late 1940s on MGM records, on a set of 78s. (Well, I HAVE found it... on ebay... selling for something like $120.00 and up. I don't want it THAT much.) Anyone out there have a CD-R of this they'd like to make a copy of (not for free of course), or does anyone know of a site where I could download this?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Hi Jim,

I think I do have the 78rpm set, mainly because it was conducted by Rozsa. Lionel Barrymore originally wrote it for piano, then later had it expanded for orchestra. I haven't heard it in at least three decades, but I seem to recall that I wasn't too, too impressed at my first (and only) hearing.

I have never transferred it to any other media, so I can put it on my stack of "to do" items for you.

If you have a copy of the original Hollywood Bowl radio performance, maybe we can just swap CDRs of the two?

Now I have to find it........
smile

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Hi Jim,

I think I do have the 78rpm set, mainly because it was conducted by Rozsa. Lionel Barrymore originally wrote it for piano, then later had it expanded for orchestra. I haven't heard it in at least three decades, but I seem to recall that I wasn't too, too impressed at my first (and only) hearing.

I have never transferred it to any other media, so I can put it on my stack of "to do" items for you.

If you have a copy of the original Hollywood Bowl radio performance, maybe we can just swap CDRs of the two?

Now I have to find it........
smile

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Hi Jim,

I think I do have the 78rpm set, mainly because it was conducted by Rozsa. Lionel Barrymore originally wrote it for piano, then later had it expanded for orchestra. I haven't heard it in at least three decades, but I seem to recall that I wasn't too, too impressed at my first (and only) hearing.

I have never transferred it to any other media, so I can put it on my stack of "to do" items for you.

If you have a copy of the original Hollywood Bowl radio performance, maybe we can just swap CDRs of the two?

Now I have to find it........
smile

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I have a nice set of HALLOWEEN, too, but have never transferred it.

The 1948 Hollywood Bowl concert was billed as "MGM Night at the Hollywood Bowl."

In addition to Miklos Rozsa conducting the orchestra, Lionel Barrymore narrated his "Halloween Suite," the vocal sections of which were sung by Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza. Grayson and Lanza also sang various operatic duets and show music pieces. Another featured artist on the bill was a very young Andre Previn, who played a few selections.

I always enjoyed Barrymore's HALLOWEEN SUITE as well as his music featured in several MGM films and a few recordings of the day. Although his music had been performed by major US orchestras and conductors over the years, I always thought of Lionel Barrymore as a very gifted amateur in this area. The music is charming, but dated, in a turn-of-the-century operetta kind of way. He seemed often to be taken with children's fairy tales and legends and often adapted them to music---"Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," "Rip Van Winkle", etc, which were recorded.

Unlike the other Barrymores he seemed to be a Renaissance kind of person---interested and working in various media---from stage and film and radio, to art, to music, and to writing. His performances as Scrooge in Dickens "A Christmas Carol" on radio each year were always a highlight of the season and very highly rated.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 5:10 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I have a set too. I think RECORDINGS INC. repressed it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

This material could be in the public domain, at least outside of the US. Sell it to Naxos, they'll make a CD of it, or rip the LPs for a commercial digital version available to everybody, like they've been doing the past couple of years, e.g. for Bernard Herrmann's rarely heard radio music for "Macbeth".

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Hello everyone,

Thanks for the replies. I have already obtained a copy from someone who contacted me directly.

It's interesting that Rozsa is conducting, as several small fragments of the work have a Rozsa-like character to them.

 
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