La Chiave (The Key) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Audio CD, 24 January 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm; 20 Grams
- Manufacturer : Beat
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : Beat
- ASIN : B07ZLK68V5
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Cabum Edizioni, CF Soundtracks, Beat Records proudly present for the first time on CD from first-generation stereo album master tapes vaulted in Cabum archives in pristine conditions "LA CHIAVE", a film by Tinto Brass. Music composed, orchestrated and conducted by ENNIO MORRICONE. "LA CHIAVE" (aka "The Key" "La clè" "Der Schlüssel") is an erotic movie directed by Tinto Brass in 1983. Screenplay by Tinto Brass based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Frank Finlay, Franco Branciaroli, Maria Grazia Bon, Armando Marra and Barbara Cupisti. The story of the film takes place in Venice during the Fascist era on the eve of the declaration of the Second World War. It is the story of an elderly English professor, director of the Art Biennale, and his young wife Teresa. Both are in search of their own "ego" in their sexual relationship. In 1983, the Triple Time Music label issued a 33 rpm album (ZPLTT 34208) witth ten selections assembled by the composer himself. The same material was reissued on a French 33 rpm album (Polydor 823 179-1) and on a German 33 rpm album (Ariola 206 253-320). For this world premiere CD re-issue (total time 32:01), we have remastered the first-generation stereo master tapes valuted in CABUM archives and used for the 1983 Italian vinyl. For Ennio Morricone fans around the world, it'll surely be a welcome addition, especially considering that "LA CHIAVE" is one of the very few scores by Ennio Morricone that was not yet available in CD format. The album opens with a grotesque slow waltz reprising Strauss' "The Blue Danube Waltz," given a very personal arrangement in "DA VIENNA A VIENNA (1a versione)" and reprised in "DA VIENNA A VIENNA (2a versione)" and "QUATTRO FRAMMENTI PER ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA.For "FUNEBRE E POMPOSO," the composer has written a very dramatic orchestral piece for a funeral. The classic side of Ennio Morricone is present in "DUE VARIAZIONI DA UN TEMA SERENO," where the Baroque approach represents Venice. A happy theme with a prominent flute and waltz tempo describes the quieter moments of the plot in "CITAZIONE DA UN VECCHIO VALZER," and there's a can-can with funny tonalities typical of the Petri and Tornatore movies in "MINI CAN CAN GROTTESCO." A string quartet slowly describes the sensuality of the protagonist in "TRE FRAMMENTI PER QUATTRO D'ARCHI," and a psychological feeling of sadness and anxiety is evoked by the seemingly quiet piece "MALESSERE." The piece "LEI PENSATA DA LUI," with a Baroque flavor alternating between Folk and Pop, cheerfully closes the disc.
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The Key joins the likes of Dedicato al mare egeo and The Venetian woman as film with strong sexual themes and content.
It is not his best work; good orchestration and some intriguing compositions, so it’s a nice addition, even if you have the original vinyl as I do. Unlike the majority of his CD releases, it has only the contents of that record.
Anyone unfamiliar with Ennio Morricone’s work over a 55 year period should be amazed by his achievements worki g with so many directors, producers and genres, and budgets. John Williams may be more widely recognized but ... I think Bernard Hermann produced more interesting results by being able to work in an era where CGI and mammoth budgets were not the norm.