More and more, I come to admire whats being written on the Continent
for film. There really is a whole other world of music out there to explore,
and Hollywood would like to think its got it licked but as composers
like Piovani show there are always new ways to skin a cat.
Franco-Italian style oozes out of every Olive Oil infused pore of this album.
You would have absolutely no trouble in identifying this as for either European
cinema market. The point though is just how gloriously melodic it all is,
and as a collection makes for a wonderful hours entertainment. Much
of the style looks ahead to the score he will now undoubtedly be associated
with - La Vita E Bella (Life Is Beautiful). Coincidentally
the first cue is the most reminiscent, with its accordion, guitar, and presumably
a real cimbalom. "Polombella Rossa" is followed by an equally lovely tune
in "Le mamme ci asciugavano I capelli". These are capped by a sombre combination
in "Il sol dellavvenir" to complete a memorable triplet from the film
Palombella Rossa. Nine more scores are subsequently represented.
Id like to mention the use of voice in some definite highlights. "Mon
beau voyage" from Fiorile has an almost Russian male chorus singing
in French without accompaniment. It works beautifully followed by the solo
fiddle of "La memoria di Jean", and preceded by the rock and roll of "Rock
mediceo". The male chorus for "In nome del popolo sovrano" (from the film
of the same name) is used very differently to a militaristic tempo, with
snares and brassy fanfares. Down a generation to a boys choir for "Domani
accadrà", and across the tracks for the lovely breathy vocals of Angela
Pagano for O Re.
Theres an orchestra of guitars to admire in Speriamo Che Sia
Femmina, electric guitar and bongos in I Cammelli, a dark string
waltz in Il Sole Anche Di Notte, and bittersweet guitar and piano
combination that ends the disc in Caro Diario.
You really need to hear what else is out there, and here it is in digestible