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Monday, July 17, 2006

CD REVIEW - Chi L'ha Vista Morire?

Chi L'ha Vista Morire?
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM059 (Italy)
10 Tracks 29:11 mins

This is unusually, for this enterprising label, a very brief CD, and is a reissue of the old Gemelli album, originally issued at the time of the film's release in 1972. It is however the premiere release of the score on CD and in fact consists of all the music that was actually used in the film.
To use the English title, Who Saw Her Die?, another entry in the Giallo genre, was directed by Aldo Lado and starred former James Bond George Lazenby.
Morricone here writes for children's choir (Coro di Voci Bianche di Paolo Lucci), with sparse instrumental backing, but featuring solos for violin and organ, and the great voice of Edda Dell'Orso features on "El Primo Baso."
Some of the chorals are wordless, but the majority feature songs, many of which feature traditional texts, but some are written by the composer's wife, Maria Travia.
The best track is undoubtedly the title track, a jolly, bouncy song, with the choir in excellent voice, but notable also are "No Ghe' Piu' Bel Cantar Della Sera," a slow, somewhat sad song, with violin solo; "Il Girotondo Delle Note," with its aggressive opening and flowing violin bridge; "La Mia Mama," a happy little mover; and the celebratory "Dindon Companon."
As always, there is a lavishly illustrated accompanying booklet, with stills and original poster artwork, plus Claudio Fuiano & Pierluigi Valentini's guide to the film and its music.


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