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Il Maestro è il Maestro, e, benché non sia una delle sue più riuscite colonne sonore, il tema principale resta davvero godibile e lo stile inconfondibile dell'artista rende questo cd un must have per tutti gli appassionati.
Despondent after viewing this film as an older man (spoiler alert), I salvaged the experience by purchasing the Morricone sound track. At times it contributed to, other times it helped dampen the director's intention to make a lightweight tragedy into something more.
Morricone achieves a languid, Samuel Barber "Adagio" texture in much of the soundtrack. These unhurried themes contribute to the lead character's vulnerability.
Standout tracks: Title cut (establishes string ensemble character), "Alla Villa," "Un Violino" (Morricone echoes Mark O'Connor in this upbeat, near-improvisation duet), "Il Vuoto Dentro" (contemplative, lots of suspensions, string ensemble), "Le Voute Stanze" (standout mournful, well articulated Marco Serino violin solo), and the concluding "Volti E Fantasmi" with string sostenuto and vocal La-La's.
Morricone also arranged and conducted. Kudos there, too.
His segments in "La Migliore Offerta" often end on a predictable tonic that does not comfort considering the dark places where he has just led you.
CREDITS Cello – Luca Pincino Composed By, Arranged By, Conductor – Ennio Morricone Glass Harmonica – Alexander Zoltan Orchestra – Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, Violin – Marco Serino Voice – Anna De Martini, Edda Dell'Orso, Paola Ronchetti, Raffaela Siniscalchi, Roberta Frighi