At its best, film music adds something to the story and images on screen that can't be expressed in any other way. At its very best, it conjures up vivid emotions and impressions even when removed from the cinematic context and performed on its own -- and such is the skill of Ennio Morricone, one of the most significant composers of the first century of motion pictures. Since the 1960s, Morricone has written scores for films of all kinds, working with directors in both Hollywood and Europe, but he remains best known for his collaborations with Sergio Leone on classic spaghetti westerns like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Selections from this and other Leone films are at the heart of CINEMA CONCERTO. Recorded live in Rome in 1998, this hour-long suite includes Morricone's themes from "Cinema Paradiso" and "The Mission" as well as many lesser-known films that his music may encourage you to seek out. There is an intense Italian lyricism in his music, and a taste for unusual tone colors, both of which have greatly enhanced the conventional romantic language of orchestral film music. Morricone's versatility and originality speak loud and clear on CINEMA CONCERTO, with several vocal selections adding to the variety, including the famously eerie wordless soprano -- sung here by Gemma Bertagnolli -- that makes his evocation of western landscapes so distinctive.