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Thursday, March 16, 2006

CD REVIEW - Il Federale & Latest News from TopDollar PR

Sorry there was no entry yesterday - sometimes one has to make sacrifices just to earn a living!

Il Federale
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM048
22 Tracks 40:13 mins

Released in celebration of his 45 glorious years in the business of writing music for the screen, and with the co-operation of the man himself, Digitmovies proudly present Ennio Morricone's first ever film score for 1961's l Federale, which was directed by Luciano Salce and starred Ugo Tognazzi. Selections were previously released on an EP single, but this represents the premiere release of the complete score, which is presented as recorded in very fine mono sound.
There are two recurring themes, the first a quirky comic march, which appears in several variations throughout the disc, the second serious and vaguely religious, and in stark contrast to much of the comic material presented throughout the score. Much of the score is either militaristic, like the bombastic "Tema dell'Auto Anfibia" and the splendidly stirring "Finale;" or comical, like "Ritrovamento," with its almost classical theme at its heart, or "Campo Minato," with its sneaky tuba-lead theme, or the Mickey-Mousing of "Fuga di Bonafe." But there is also some dissonance in the more dramatic moments of the score, and religious organ music in "Bonafe al Convento." An interesting track is "Colloquio delle Fragole," which is a traditional Western-styled pastorale, very suggestive of wagons rolling across the plains, and much different from the kind of Western music the composer would go on to write for the Leone films that were shortly to follow.
The accompanying booklet features much original artwork from the film, the usual notes on the music, plus a few words from Morricone himself.
It's wonderful to finally have this historic music available and I would rush out and get a copy while you can, as this one is destined to be a collector's item.



Composer Inon Zur Scores "Dramatic Fantastic" Trailer Album for use in Motion Picture advertising

Los Angeles, California - March 15th, 2006 - Award-winning composer Inon Zur has written and recorded a new collection of original orchestral music for use in Hollywood motion picture trailers. Entitled "Dramatic Fantastic," the album is commissioned by BMG Zomba and will be released through their subsidiary label Bruton Music on April 1st. Zur was hired to write a range of dramatic orchestral music based on his emotionally charged scores for film, television and blockbuster video game franchises such as "Prince of Persia," "EverQuest," and "SOCOM." The "Dramatic Fantastic" trailer album features an eclectic collection of exhilarating and stirring Hollywood-calibre feature film music including anthemic and bombastic orchestral, choral, classical, fantasy, sci-fi, military, Middle-Eastern, and epic finale suites, each tailored with Zur's infectious and in-demand, distinctive style.

Zur conducted and recorded with the critically acclaimed 80-piece Northwest Sinfonia at the prestigious Bastyr University Chapel in Seattle, the recording venue for numerous feature films including Underworld, The Gift, Pitch Black, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brokeback Mountain, Arlington Road; hit TV shows including Battlestar Galactica, Helen of Troy and Zur's own Au Pair and Au Pair 2 telemovie scores for Twentieth Century Fox, as well as several high profile video game scores such as Zur's Shadow Ops: Red Mercury and SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs. The "Dramatic Fantastic" recording sessions were supervised by Roberto Borzoni, Music Producer for BMG Zomba Production Music, the music was mixed at Zur's project studio in Sherman Oaks and co-produced by Dori Amarilio, and the album was mastered by Chris Parmenidis at Unity Mastering.

Duncan Schwier, Creative Manager at BMG Zomba Production Music, said, "I'm delighted with the whole project, especially the extraordinary talents of Inon Zur. Inon is a composer of great talent and originality. That, together with his energy and enthusiasm is reflected in the music on the Dramatic Fantastic production. It's powerful and emotional, with a great sense of theatre and impact. The orchestration is punchy and creative, and I am certain that Inon's music will become the soundtrack of choice for the Trailer industry."

Zur's powerful orchestral scores have previously featured in the promotional trailers for Hollywood movies such as Annapolis (Touchstone Pictures), The New World (New Line Cinema), Kingdom Of Heaven (Twentieth Century Fox), The Pacifier (Walt Disney Pictures), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Touchstone Pictures), and Fantastic Four (Marvel/Twentieth Century Fox). Inon's music can also be heard in the hit television series Into The West from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television. Inon is a classically trained graduate of the Music Academy of Tel Aviv in Israel, and also studied at the Dick Grove School of Music and UCLA. Inon Zur is managed by Bob Rice of Four Bars Intertainment. For more information visit

Bruton Music, a division of BMG, is one of the world's leading music libraries, providing music with great depth and diversity. Drawing on top composers, musicians and producers from the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia, Bruton delivers top quality musical recordings that are fresh, contemporary, and creative. Bruton Music is distributed in the US and Canada by Associated Production Music a joint venture of BMG and EMI Music Publishing, with music selection services and exclusive licensing rights to over 25 different music libraries specifically for use in film, television, radio, recording, and new media.


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