For anyone making the immediate Brian DePalma connection and little else,
this is an essential listen. Like the Piovani collection, this is a nice
cross range of stylistic moods and a terrific promo ! There are 6 films
represented, and a 73 minute running time allows generous opportunity to
Il Carniere is a broad beginning. The titular cue mournfully merges
strings with guitar, while "La radura dei palchi" surprises in contrast by
pan pipes and a wailing female voice. Theyre followed by a relentless
hurtling string passage in "Fucili pronti", a variety of ethnic instruments
in "Alba Slovena", and a sweet harmonica backing strings for the gentle finale
to the suite. All this in just the one score too.
There are several cues for electronics elsewhere on the album. If Im
honest I have to admit they sound dated. Sometimes that endears you even
more; theyll sound quaint perhaps. To my ear theres something
about keyboard sounds from the 70s and 80s that often sounds
very chintzy - and not in a good way.
Its time to note that the packaging of these two releases is rather
different. The covers are striking if a little abstract, but the booklets
leave a little to be desired. Weve come across the empty pages before,
but the pain in these cases are that soloists go uncredited. In the case
of the female voice in "La Comunione" from La Monaca Di Monza thats
an absolute crime. The operatics of this suite, complete with church organ
are quite extraordinary.
The final score is Squillo which presents the most dramatic change
in styles of one cue Ive heard in a while. "Polands Fields" starts
with a jig for piano and fiddle, then suddenly bursts into a synth drum beat
with guitars and keyboards. The melody is continued, but its quite
a shock. Thankfully it all ends with "Love, passion, and death" which soothes
the shock away with a lovely saxophone line.
Its not as easy a listen as the Piovani collection, but still as much
of an education.