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Tuesday, July 29, 2008


A Time To Die
Music by Ennio Morricone
BSX Records BSXCD 8836 (US)
11 Tracks 31:48 mins

Managed to find time for a review after all, thanks to this disc being quite brief at just under 32 minutes. It represents Ennio Morricone's music for this 1983 revenge thriller, based on Mario Puzo's story, which starred Edward Albert Jr., Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor and Raf Vallone. Robert O. Ragland provided additional music, which is not featured on this disc, which I believe to be a straight reissue of the old Cerberus LP.
Morricone's main theme is yet another one of his memorable compositions, a sad affair for woodwind, piano, orchestra and harpsichord. The latter features, improvising on the following "Recitation on an Ancient Harpsichord."
"Tzigane Style" is a brief dramatic piece for gypsy violin, which is followed by the relentless march of "Invasion." Another memorable piece follows, the nostalgic "The Girl from Munich," which receives a second, more melancholy arrangement a couple of tracks later. Jaws Harp, an instrument the composer famously utilised in his earlier work for Italian Westerns, adds to the "Sicilian Tension" that follows. Next comes a typical piece of stark tension from the composer in "Tortures and Memories," which takes on a tragic air at its conclusion. More tension follows in "Seven Graves For Rogan," concluding with a variation on the march theme from before.
The main theme returns in "The Third Day At Dusk," with accordion-lead "Wedding Feast In The Fields" providing a final touch of nostalgia to close the album.
A welcome release then for one of the composer's lesser known scores, with the accompanying booklet featuring a brief synopsis of the plot, plus notes on the composer and his work.
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