I just opened this cd and found solid, solid Rozsa dramatic scoring, plus those interesting stylistic bonuses that are mentioned in the notes. I especially liked the music later in the disc, when the mood of the film appears to have changed.
I can understand especially why he chose to excerpt the Prelude for other recordings, as it is a real curtain-raiser.
This reminds me of a small oversight in the notes. Rozsa's oeuvre actually contains not three but four films in the genre of science fiction. Overlooked here is The Man in Half Moon Street (1945), a version of Barre Lyndon's stage play that is better known from the 1959 Hammer remake, The Man Who Could Cheat Death.
Had this CD for about a year, played it a couple of times and enjoyed it, but didn't find it too memorable compared to some of my other Rozsa albums. I put it on a couple of days ago and something just clicked, and now I just can't stop listening to it. What a wonderful release!
I first heard the theme as conducted by Elmer Bernstein on the 1984 Utah recording many years ago and fell for it immediately. The FSM CD was one of the first Rozsa scores I bought and is one of my favorite of his scores (from the lower-profile films, anyway), such a great music. I have never seen the film but nevertheless I was very surprised how little space and recognition Rozsa devoted to this score in his autobiography. Seems like it was rather a routine job for him.