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Morricone Conducts Morricone
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
There is music taken from 19 films with the earliest example taken from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and the last taken from The Legend of 1900 (1998). The music is presented in two continuous suites where the music is conceived as a whole composition with the chosen music arranged in non-chronological order. The first 'suite' is by far the longest and concludes with a rousing delivery from Once upon a Time in the West complete with soprano soloist (Susanna Rigacci), choir and orchestra. This is the first occasion at which the audience is able to applaud, which they do with enthusiasm, and this is followed by the interval break and the shorter second part.
This concert apparently took about a year to plan and arrange and was an early example of Morricone's film music presented in concert form. For many this will also be the definitive selection. It will certainly be of considerable appeal to followers of the composer who will relish the opportunity to hear film music, familiar from within the film context, played and recorded with such quality. They are unlikely to be disappointed.
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GREAT MUSIC, MEDIOCRE SOUND AND PICTURE.
SAVE YOUR MONEY AND WATCH ON YOUTUBE, SAME QUALITY.
Best produced concert - sound and vision. A joy to watch and listen to.
Bit cheesed the plastic dvd case was crushed and the dvd scratched itself, loose in the box. Read more
Listen and watch the DVD. If you like famous westerns or orchestra the memories of these classics will flood back. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Charlsye Ratcliff
I love the voice of the woman singing in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". Sometimes on weekends, I put this in my player and crank it up.Published on January 19, 2013 by ILoveSciFi
Plenty of superlatives have already been said about this remarkable DVD. Ennio Morricone is possibly my most favorite composer - but in this case, he was at his absolute best. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by D. T. Jewett
This DVD was not quite what I expected but was OK. With some play back machines, there are problems with the film action sequences where whole sections of the recording are... Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by John Mallery
Morricone Conducts Morricone
YES! SUBURB !! This title should be in Every Music Lovers Library !!! Read more
I endorse everything the other reviewers have said about this DVD. It gives ample proof (if any is needed) that Morricone is indeed the greatest film composer alive, both in terms... Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Hung T. N. Tony
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