No doubt, the beauty of this music alone could easily earn 5 stars. Yet it must be mentioned that, if you already own Piovani's Life is Beautiful and Music from the Cinema compilation, you've heard these melodies almost note-by-note before. One can't criticize this too harshly, though, since James Horner and many other film composers have been reusing much of their own material for literally decades, but it's still important to note. This soundtrack features a nice array of lush Mediterranean-style themes, plus some brief, gentle circus-like themes of comedy and mischief. Song 16 features a rather off-key singing performance by Benigni, which at first listening seems self-indulgent, but without having viewed this scene included with the film's dubbed U.S. release, it's hard to pass fair judgement as to the song's true impact. The CD closes with a gorgeous solo piano rendition of the romantic Blue Fairy theme, which had opened up the album in its full orchestral glory, and it's a real treat. Overall, this album's a truly lovely and enjoyable listening experience, but it does leave you wondering if perhaps Piovani's creative well has run dry.