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Thursday, January 04, 2007

CD REVIEW - Addio Fratello Crudele

Addio Fratello Crudele
Music by Ennio Morricone
Digitmovies CDDM065 (Italy)
16 Tracks 67:38 mins

Digitmovies keeps on making those dreams come true for fans of quality Italian film scores. This time Morricone fans will be delighted with the release of an expanded Addio Fratello Crudele ("Tis Pity, She's a Whore"), the doomed historical romance from 1971.
Supervised by the composer himself, on this CD he chose to feature, all but one of the original album tracks, together with 8 that were previously unreleased, all in fine stereo sound.
Of course the most famous piece from the score is the hauntingly beautiful, but tragic love theme for "Giovanni e Annabella," which appears in variations throughout many of the tracks, even in the more "meditative" pieces, which perhaps are a little lengthy for my liking. But, besides the love theme, there are plenty more good things I do enjoy about this release, including "Soranzo," with its sunny, optimistic opening; "Il Mio Mondo con Lei era Perfetto," a low-key but lovely period sounding tune for recorder and guitar; "Sveglia nel Castello," another period cue, a flute-lead, jolly little canon; and the increasingly powerful choral requiem "Inter Mortuous Liber," that closes the disc.
As always, the colourful accompanying booklet features plenty of images and artwork from the film (with plenty of the naked Charlotte Rampling for her fans to enjoy), together with Daniel Winkler and Claudio Fuiano's notes on the production and its music.


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