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Thursday, July 27, 2006

CD REVIEW - L'Ira di Dio

L'Ira di Dio
Music by Michele Lacerenza
GDM 2069 (Italy)
24 Tracks 62:34 mins

Michele Lacerenza is best known for his excellent trumpet work on countless scores in the Italian Western genre, but for this 1968 entry, starring Montgomery Ford and Fernando Sancho, he composed the score as well as performed the trumpet solos.
Although two of the main themes were originally issued in mono on a single (both sides are included here as bonus tracks), this is a premiere release of the score in very good stereo sound.
Lacerenza's main theme, the "Concerto per un Killer" starts off the disc in dramatic fashion, with his trumpet being accompanied by bold piano runs - very concerto-like. This theme is to crop up throughout the score, sometimes without trumpet, sometimes with the addition of organ, and/or choir. There is also a source variation for solo guitar, before the theme brings the score to a stirring conclusion, with trumpet, organ and choir.
The composer's secondary theme is a galloping motif, typical of the genre, which receives its best airings in "Inseguimento" and "Cavalieri Selvaggi." A third theme is introduced gently at the start of "Aggressione e Fuga," but this fine piece of nostalgia is best heard in "The Last Souvenir," where Lacerenza's trumpet is supported by choir.
These three themes dominate the score, though there are a few suspenseful cues along the way.
It's great to have this gem of a score finally available, and congratulations to all those who had a hand in its long-overdue release.
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