I Cameristi di Roma are a rather bottom-heavy (two horns and two bassoons)
wind octet. This perhaps tells against this disc where the performances are
often rather ungainly - sloughed in a treacly slow motion. This is a pity
because the first track begins with an agreeably cheeky Gerhswin arrangement
which rapidly comes apart as languid treacle rather than slow burning fire
runs through the veins of Summertime. The other tracks are arrangements of
classic Italian film music. The Morricone tracks come over very well with
that sense, Morricone could capture, of time suspended in a tear drop.
Trovajoli's music for Nell' Anno del Signore has a sad-eyed dignity and
Morricone's for Investigation of a Citizen Beyond Suspicion is cheeky and
exudes the vernal freshness of a Canteloube setting. A Rossinian wink and
a sly jab in the side occasionally takes the listener by surprise but the
tendency to languor, for me, simply undermines this selection and makes me
long to hear these pieces in full orchestral garb.