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For cinephiles and soundtrack collectors everywhere, Morricone Conducts Morricone is a DVD to cherish for a lifetime. Recorded in Munich, Germany on October 20, 2004, this no-frills 100-minute concert performance offers no bonus features, and none are necessary; an interview with Morricone would've been welcome, but the concert itself is a priceless treasure, honoring Ennio Morricone's staggering film-music legacy (over 400 scores as of 2006) with a well-chosen program of highlights conducted by the composer himself. With minimal fanfare, Morricone ascends the podium, peering over his glasses with the intense expression of a vigilant professore, and the Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra launches into the main theme from The Untouchables, beginning the "Life and Legend" portion of the program, which also includes the lush, romantic "Deborah's Theme" from Once Upon a Time in America, and similarly evocative excerpts from the scores of The Legend of 1900 and Cinema Paradiso (the latter being the first of several selections discreetly accompanied by film clips). The second section, "Single Pages," showcases excerpts of early Morricone scores from lesser-known films like Love Circle, Maddalena, and H2S (the latter an obscure 1968 film that fell victim to censorship). The third section is devoted to Morrione's classic music for the films of Sergio Leone, including themes that made Morricone a film-music superstar: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and A Fistful of Dynamite, with soprano soloist Susanna Rigacci doing an impressive job of re-creating (in a slightly lower register) the original soundtrack performance of Edda Dell'Orso on West.
The fourth section, "Socially Committed Cinema," highlights Morricone's work on serious issue-related dramas including Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and Casualties of War, while the fifth and final section, "Tragic, Lyrical, Epic," concludes with the unforgettable "Gabriel's Oboe" theme from Morricone's beloved score for Roland Joffé's 1986 drama The Mission. As directed by Morricone's son Giovanni, Morricone Conducts Morricone is flawlessly recorded (in PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, or DTS 5.1) and visually unobtrusive, with multiple fixed cameras and efficient, no-nonsense editing providing well-executed coverage of full sections and soloists including prominent performances by pianist Gilda Buttà, Ulrich Herkenhoff (assuming the panpipe duties originated by the great Georges Zamfir on Once Upon a Time in America) and solo violinist Henry Raudales. And while some may lament the absence of such Morricone favorites as "Man With a Harmonica" from Once Upon a Time in the West, these 21 selections offer ample compensation, demonstrating Morricone's prolific versatility while emphasizing the string and woodwind arrangements that have made Morricone a household name in Italy and around the world. In the accompanying booklet, a mini-essay by concert organizer Matthias Keller describes Morricone as "The Picasso of Film Music," honoring the maestro as a bold experimenter whose work reflects an innovative willingness to combine seemingly incompatible musical idioms into themes that are uniquely and characteristically his own. It's an apt description, evident in full blossom on this remarkable, must-own DVD. --Jeff Shannon
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Every once in a while they display the film the music is from.
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Techinically this DVD is at top notch. Vision is excellent with 16x9 enhanced and sound is clear and rich with DD5.1, dts5.1, and PCM. I strongly recommend you to have a copy of this DVD right away and let your spirit soar.
This is a spectacularly filmed and played concert...conducted by the composer himself....oh and the pacing is sublime! Sooo much to love here and enjoy over and over...fans of the spaghetti Westerns won't be dissapointed but even themes from foreign films unfamiliar are immediately enjoyable.
it is a CRIME that this man has never won an OSCAR ...his soundtrack compositions are unmatched in quality AND quantity...oh well...I guess the fact he doesn't live and work in Southern California has its price. I can't believe he didn't win for Cinema Paradiso, but heck....pick any of them...they are too beautiful to only win Oscars...they will stick in your head and hearts forever!
which I classified as someting impossible to beat as far as the beauty
of a true live concert is concerned. That's why I waited a long time
before purchasing "Morricone conducts Morricone" thinking I'd buy
at least something equal to that. No way....!
This is absolutely marvellous and here are the reasons why:
- it's an indoor concert which makes the sound quality unbelievable
- there are more movie themes being played than usual and we can listen
to such beauties as "Sicilian Clan, Love Circle, H2S and Maddalena"
- the solo performances on Cockeye Song and Making Love make you trans-
port to the utmost "boundaries" of what music can be like...
It is 100 minutes of pure pleasure without any pause just straight
one Morricone beauty after another. I cannot force anyone to buy this
but you will be sorry if you don't.