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Collection: Great Movie Classics - GERSHWIN/MORRICONE/ROTA I Camerata Di Roma    AGORA MUSICA AG205 [61:10]

 

Crotchet

 



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.

Basta!

Reviewer

Rob Barnett

Reviewer

Rob Barnett

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