August 2003 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Io Non Ho Paura  (a film by Gabriele Salvatores)
Ezio Bosso
  Music played by Quartetto d’Archi and Quartetto d’Archi di Torino
  Available On: BMG (Italy – all text in Italian only) 82876512092  
Running Time: 53 mins

io non ho paura

For anybody not speaking Italian, this disc will be practically incomprehensible. The pictures seem to hint at that the story is about a small boy’s adventures in rural Italy. All the music played by string quartets is arranged in a series of 14 'Danzas' with other material, in a not too wide range of moods and styles from the penitential to the eerie (Gli occhiali with some interesting use of pizzicato) to the lugubrious and melancholic 'Michele tu devi andare via' used for the varying situations and moods of the film. The Danzas implying dance rhythms are decidedly odd. The first, agitated, is named ‘Rumba verso il buco’ but (unless my assumption that Rumba translates correctly) it hardly sounds like that vibrant Latin dance, then there is the darkly sombre dance called 'Requiem gitano' with much use of tremolandi and a very eerie Duettino.

An unusual disc with some extraordinary writing for string quartet. An exhausting experience - for refined tastes only.

Ian Lace

**(*) 21/2

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