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Thursday, November 17, 2005


Tre Donne - Correva L'Anno Di Grazia 1870
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM038 (Italy)
CD I - 13 Tracks 44:55mins CD II - 17 Tracks 52:39mins

Morricone fans will lap up this excellent release from Digitmovies of music composed by the maestro for a series of four TV movies dating from 1971, written and directed by Alfredo Giannetti, all starring Anna Magnani. In the event only three of them were boradcast, with the fourth Correva L'Anno Di Grazia 1870 receiving a theatrical release. The four separate stories depict different times in Italian history: the First and Second World Wars, Italian Risorgimento and the early '70s.
As for the music, previously it received a single belated LP release, which was later reissued, but here, with the co-operation of C.A.M. and under the supervision of the composer himself, is presented the most complete representation, featuring some music from the original abum, but much that is heard for the first time.
Disc One features nine tracks from 1943: Un Incontro, largely based on a melancholy main theme and more hopeful secondary motif; as well as Maschore, a march of differing moods. Four tracks from La Sciantosa round out the disc, and include a soaring theme for trumpet and choir, a pleasant waltz and a dark march.
Disc Two commences with eight tracks for Correva L'Anno Di Grazia, in which the hopeful, sometimes quite delicate secondary motif from 1943: Un Incontro returns. There is also a tranquil theme Passeggiata Sulla Via De Mare for mandolin, guitar and orchestra, and the wonderful Sulla Via Del Campidoglio, with its dramatic start, noble mid-section and flowing ending, replete with choir. Finally, for the '70s-set L'Automobile, Morricone presents a more contemporary feel with some psychodelia, but also with a breezy new opening track and Per Anna, a nice little theme for mandolin and guitar.
All Digitmovies releases come with a colourful accompanying booklet, providing a guide to the films presented and their music, with stills and artwork. No self-respecting Morricone fan will want to be without this important addition to the great man's discography.

Tutti I Colori Del Buio
Music by Bruno Nicolai
Digitmovies CDDM019 (Italy)
29 Tracks 78:09 mins.

One of several releases of the late Bruno Nicolai's work on the enterprising Italian label, this Edwige Fenech starrer from 1972 deals with devil worshippers in 1971 London and whilst much of the score is suspenseful and dissonant, it does feature a light pop love theme Magico Incontro, heard in various arrangements throughout the disc, enhanced by the great voice of Edda Dell'Orso, who also performs it as a song with English lyrics. An action motif, very reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's thriller writing of the time features, and some Eastern myticism courtesy of instrumentalist extraordinaire Alessandro Alessandroni, as well as the choral theme Sabba, first heard a capella, but later mixed with the aforesaid Eastern elements.


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