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Saturday, May 19, 2007

CD REVIEW - La Provinciale

La Provinciale
Music by Ennio Morricone
Rai Trade FRT418 (Italy)
16 Tracks 54:46 mins

Ennio Morricone's powers certainly don't appear to be diminishing with age. He is still turning out top-rate scores for films such as this 2006 TV drama, starring Sabrina Ferilli.
The CD starts out with the first version of "La Spaggia," which takes a while to develop then leaves one wanting more. The theme is reprised in an alternate version in the penultimate track.
Next comes the title track, which starts out quite intimately before developing passionately for massed strings. Again, the music is repeated in a slightly shorter version this time in track 8, where flute and saxophone also have their say. "La Mare" is the other track that receives more than one airing. It first appears in track 4, with repeating piano and sweeping strings, but then woodwinds join to add warmth to the cue. The alternate version is the final track on the album, where is receives an even more passionate arrangement, bringing proceedings to a satisfactory close. Other tracks of note are "Delitto e Romorsi," with its sax-lead passion; the happy, if initially restrained "Sereno e il Cielo;" "Tornate e Ricordare," which becomes increasingly passionate, voiced by flute, strings and oboe, with subtle female voice here and there; and the low-key romance of "Stress Controllato."
Darker elements of the score feature in "Ombre," which moves darkly on piano; "Succede a Orvieto," with its disturbing, dissonant violin and strings; and the suspenseful "Stress."
Another quality score from Maestro Morricone, who has been well supported by Rai Trade recently, with the label also putting out his scores for Una Storia Italiana (FRT414) and Gino Bartali L'Intramontabile (FRT416). Visit


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