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Friday, December 22, 2006

CD REVIEW - Spasmo

Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM068 (Italy)
13 Tracks 40:57 mins

This is the most complete recording yet of maestro Morricone's score for the 1974 Giallo thriller, starring Suzy Kendall, in which the great composer combines a couple of repeated melodies with some lengthy and inventive passages of atonal suspense and thrills. The latter is not always easy to listen to, but one has to admire the way Morricone combines orchestra and electronics to provide some unusual, frightening and interesting sounds.
As for the melodic elements, "Bambole" is an easy-going, pop-flavoured theme, carried by I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni's wordless vocals. The theme reappears over a further four tracks in different variations and arrangements, instrumental, once with organ leading, and again choral.
The title theme is a more classical-sounding adagio, at first strings-lead, but which appears a further three times in variations for organ and choir. Both themes never outstay their welcome.
The accompanying booklet is, as usual, a colourful affair, with plenty of stills and artwork, and also Claudio Fuiano and Pierluigi Valentini's guide to the film and its music.


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