Film Music [Milan]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Film Music collection of movie themes, all composed by Italian soundtrack god Ennio Morricone, differs in two very distinct ways from the countless collections of his music licensed by doddering budget houses or performed by hack orchestras and ensembles: one is that Morricone himself produced, arranged, and conducted each selection on this collection, and the second is that these themes were all recorded for this album. This is not a compilation of any kind, but an orchestral review by the composer of his own work in collaboration with Rome's National Academy Orchestra and the Roman Sinfonietta. Like Debussy conducting his own pieces in the late 19th and early 20th ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Film Music collection of movie themes, all composed by Italian soundtrack god Ennio Morricone, differs in two very distinct ways from the countless collections of his music licensed by doddering budget houses or performed by hack orchestras and ensembles: one is that Morricone himself produced, arranged, and conducted each selection on this collection, and the second is that these themes were all recorded for this album. This is not a compilation of any kind, but an orchestral review by the composer of his own work in collaboration with Rome's National Academy Orchestra and the Roman Sinfonietta. Like Debussy conducting his own pieces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this music takes on an entirely different meaning when conducted by its composer. "The Mission" becomes an impressionistic work based on a Roman folk melody, "Once Upon a Time in the West" is not so much a dirge looking back over the wreckage of a place in time but a futuristic gaze into the vastness by a seeker, and "Cinema Paradiso" is a series of statements about the transcendent emotions experienced while inside the cinema. In Morricone's own hands, this music leaves the big screen and enters into the canon of a classical music that could only have been composed in the 20th century. "Deborah's Theme" from Once Upon a Time in America holds within it all the promise, regret, pathos, and destruction the time symbolized. A brief listen to the theme from "Lolita" offers the listener an intimate view of Morricone's own manner of hearing strings as they are played in harmonic striation over the piano's melody and then interchanged, creating a feeling of memory, loss, and regret. Film Music is a fine, stunning collection by the maestro himself, and a must for anyone interested in how Morricone's music sounds to him when he is composing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Milan Records
  • UPC: 731383603723
  • Catalog Number: 36037
  • Sales rank: 228,895

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ennio Morricone Primary Artist, Conductor
Paolo Zampini Flute, Soloist
Roma Sinfonietta Performing Ensemble
Gilda Buttà Piano, Soloist
Luca Pincini Cello, Soloist
Accademia Nazionale Italiana Performing Ensemble
Fausto Anselmo Viola, Soloist
Technical Credits
Ennio Morricone Arranger, Composer
Fabio Venturi Engineer
Jean-Christophe Chamboredon Liner Note Translation
Christian Lauliac Liner Notes
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