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Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella) [Soundtrack]

Nicola PiovaniAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: October 20, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Virgin Records America
  • ASIN: B00000DCES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Buon Giorno Principessa
2. La Vita E Bella
3. Viva Giosue
4. Grand Hotel Valse
5. La Notte Di Favola
6. La Notte Di Fuga
7. Le Uova Nel Cappello
8. Grand Hotel Fox
9. Il Treno Nel Buio
10. Arriva Il Carro Armato
11. Valse Larmoyante
12. L'Uovo Di Struzzo-Danza Etiope
13. Krautentang
14. Il Gioco Di Giosue
15. Barcarolle
16. Guido E Ferruccio
17. Abbiamo Vinto

Editorial Reviews

One of 1998's better soundtracks also follows the most simple of formulas. Nicola Piovani's score for Life Is Beautiful is an impressionistic soundtrack at its finest--a delicious mix that sounds inspired by both simple folk melodies and Morricone's Cinema Paradiso score. Throughout, Piovani's themes are like a kid in candy store: bright-eyed and innocent. Tension is gradually introduced on tracks like "Il Treno Nel Buio," but ultimately this score is light and pleasant. The lone vocal cut, Monserrat Caballe singing on "Barcarolle," just makes this disc seem all the more Italian. Piovani hasn't created an epic score, but he has accentuated the difficult themes of Life Is Beautiful exceptionally well. --James Hendrickson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Charming and Memorable December 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before I listened to this, I held Edward Scissorhands in high esteem as the most beautiful score of all time. Life is Beautiful proved otherwise. Nicola Piovani made a charming score with heartfelt themes while still retaining the Italian nature of the film and its controversial subject. There are two innocent-sounding main themes that make up the film, one which is a deep somber theme for the theme of the film, and the other which is a light-hearted charming theme for Benigni's character. Both are used equally in the film and with great effect. Besides listening to the wonderful themes, I enjoyed listening to the Italian-influenced music, such as "Grand Hotel Valse" or "Grand Hotel Fox", which create the time and place of the movie without being intrusive. The music throughout the film is happy but tracks such as "La Notte Di Fuga", "Il Treno Nel Buio", and "Il Gioco Di Giosue" still remind the listener of the Holocaust-influence in the film. After the dark music, the CD ends with an absolutely moving rendition of the main theme, the best rendition of it in the whole film. Anyone who holds foreign films and their music in disregard should see Life is Beautiful. It's the perfect marriage between music and visuals, and it is not the same without Piovani's wonderful score.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life does not getmore beautfil than this!!! September 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The musical score form the movie, 'Life is Beautiful', is something to be treasured. I bought this CD only 3 days after I saw the film. The music has a way of envoking such powerful emotions, and it truly does make you(well me atleast)feel that life is beautiful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Married to it! September 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was so moved by the film & the music that I chose to walk down the aisle to Bon Giorno Principessa. Its a beautiful piece of music
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellissima..! June 19, 2000
By Leo R.
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes a soundtrack album emerges that is worth buying for one theme alone (like Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources), but this album has TWO of these tracks: "Buongiorno principessa" and "La vita e' bella" Both superb! A complaint some have about this album is that the themes seem to linger on during the entire album... They do, and it's BRILLIANT! Note: in Europe a new version of this album has come out, with a vocal song (in English) added to it. Interesting?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Musica E Bella July 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Piovanni made a masterpiece with this soundtrack. This music won the Oscar of Best Dramatic Music in 1998. All the tracks of the CD have a special feeling. Through the seventeen tracks the CD shows a great range of feelings. It serves to create a perfect atmosphere for an Italy of the SWW. Next the highlights of the soundtrack:

*BUON GIORNO PRINCIPESSA shows a lethargic, romantic and beautiful theme for the movie, the solo of guitar are really nice. This is one of my favorites.

*LA VITTA E BELLA, well this track is a masterpiece, the main theme of the movie. It shows a colorful atmosphere, it demonstrates a pretty sense of the italic provinces of that time. It is wonderful, and it is one of my favorites.

*VIVA GIOSUE is a really nice variation of the main theme, with a little bit of innocence feeling. This variation appears also in IL GIOCO DI GIOSUE and GUIDO E FERRUCCIO, this second with a piano addition really nice.

*GRAND HOTEL VALSE, this is the first dancing track of the CD. This waltz uses an orchestra, so the music is more colorful, also it has a bit of magnificence. The track has a very good rhythm, and it is one of my favorites.

*GRAND HOTEL FOX, the second dancing track, a really good fox trot. This melody initiates the dance in the Grand Hotel. Is a really nice piece, it has all the elements to be an excellent track. This is another of my favorites.

*ARRIVA IL CARRO ARMATO is a piece that gives a winner feeling. It is a march variation of the main theme. Also it serves as a tribute to the American soldiers that ended the cruelty of the fascism. The innocence feeling appears again, one of my favorites.

*VALSE LARMOYANTE is another masterpiece of the CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Piovanni owes a debt to the master July 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoy this soudtrack, but let's give credit where credit is due. Like several other Italian composers, Piovanni learned his trade and took his style from the master -- Ennio Morricone. If lovers of this album want to discover even greater examples of this style, they should make a point of purchasing some Morrione film scores. Suggested: Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables, The Mission, or any of the various collictions, including With Love, Main Titles, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Soundtrack to a Great Film January 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After seeing the film, I knew that I had to get the soundtrack, and I wasn't disappointed at all. I like the entire CD, although Buon Giorno Principessa, the first track, is especially moving. All in all, brilliant orchestration by Nicola Piovani. I would not, however, buy the soundtrack without seeing the film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continúa la magia de la película March 17, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
La banda sonora de "La vida es bella" es lo que es, una banda sonora, hecha "ex profeso" para la película, a la cual acompaña perfectamente. Perfecta mezcla de música popular italiana, música sinfónica (llamada clásica); una pista operística y otra pop muy bien interpretada, en inglés, por la cantante israelí Noa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful While Keeping it Light
Nicola Piovani's score to Life Is Beautiful was integral to the movie's emotional power. The main love them is a tear jerker and is given to different (and interesting) instruments... Read more
Published 23 days ago by bravhat1234
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS CD IS AMAZING AND A HARD FIND.
Published 7 months ago by DNPerini
5.0 out of 5 stars Piovani-Molto Bello
I was completely reeled in by the movie, and then to some how continue this out
(Please-MORE), I'm begging for more! Read more
Published 9 months ago by ruach haKodesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Music makes your heart cry in a good way.
This music matched the sweet emotions that were felt from viewing this film. Loved the way the music tells the story. Wonderful.
Published 16 months ago by Pilotdude53
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This movie is by far the most amazing movie I have ever seen in my life. The movie is so touching and heart breaking. But is the most excellent movie ever
Published 20 months ago by tinaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Melody
I lost my soundtrack from Life is Beautiful and had to buy a replacement. It is such a great CD. I can picture some of the scenes as I listen to it.
Published on April 26, 2009 by Judy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
I watched the movie and loved the opera songs in it so I ordered the sound track thinking the songs would be part of it. Read more
Published on December 5, 2008 by Riviter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great cd for a great movie!
My Grade 9 English class just watched this movie in class, and the music caught my attention. I'm an ice skater and i thought hey, maybe I'll skate to this. Read more
Published on February 6, 2002 by "fool_of_a_took"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lo mejor de las BSO
La mejor banda sonora, para la mejor película. No hay calificativos para esta preciosidad. Roberto Benigni es nada más que un simple genio del 7º arte. Read more
Published on October 8, 2001 by Sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional soundtrack!
One of 1998's best soundtracks following the most simple of formulas. Piovani's score is an impressionistic soundtrack at its finest, not necessarily an epic score, but he has... Read more
Published on August 16, 2001 by Amazon Customer
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