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Music from the Cinema: Volume 1
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Composed and Conducted by:
Nicola Piovani

Produced by:
Piero Colasanti
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Pacific Time Entertainment Co.
(March 9th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you fondly recall the Oscar-winning score to Life is Beautiful and seek a decent sampler of Nicola Piovani works from the previous decade.

Avoid it... if Piovani's distinctly Italian style of intimate, rhythmic romanticism is predictably irritating to your more melodramatically-inclined sensibilities.
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WRITTEN 4/1/99, REVISED 10/23/07
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Music from the Cinema: Volume 1: (Nicola Piovani) After his sudden burst into the international spotlight with a 1998 Academy Award for his score to Life is Beautiful, Italian Nicola Piovani's work began receiving more exposure on the American market. While having scored over 100 European films during the previous decade, his level of recognition outside of European cinema was minimal, and the Oscar win gave his name the same international appeal as Luis Bacalov and a handful of other regional composers. The scores for Italian films are typically the subject of album release for C.A.M. Soundtracks of Italy, perhaps the foremost European soundtrack label in existence. In the wake of Piovani's Oscar win, though, the Pacific Time Entertainment Company in New York opened a series of "Music from the Cinema" albums with an entry compiling pieces of earlier scores by Piovani onto one sampler-style product. The second volume in the series, released concurrently with this one, was devoted to the works of Pino Donaggio, and both albums are easily distinguishable by their somewhat unusual graphic art on the covers. On this "Volume 1" is included a wide variety of Piovani's scores from 1986 to 1994, with music that ranges in style from orchestrally dramatic to purely electronic rock. As to be expected, the listening experience is greatly varied. The album begins well, with four orchestral cues (from two films) that fans of Life is Beautiful could easily appreciate. The ensemble in these sections is of medium size, but Piovani's light and often dancing Italian touch adds plenty of personality where power lacks. The selections from the third and fourth films are more difficult to grasp, though. The five cues from Fiorile are extremely diverse to exist in the confines of a single film; the first cue has a distinct loungy, jazz style, and this romanticism gives away to a more ambitious series of rock beats before ultimately returning to a full choral performance with orchestral depth. The tracks that follow combine a trademark Italian/Mediterranean style (i.e. you better like accordions) with a variety of synthesizers and a small ensemble of performers.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 53:40
Palombella Rossa:
• 1. Palombella Rossa (1:56)
• 2. Le Mamme Ci Asciugavano I Capelli (2:36)
• 3. Il Sol Dell' Avvenir (2:56)

Il Sole Anche Di Notte:
• 4. Il Sole Anche Di Notte (3:06)

Fiorile:
• 5. Fiorile (2:35)
• 6. Rock Mediceo (2:38)
• 7. La Leggenda Dell'oro (1:40)
• 8. Mon Beau Voyage (1:06)
• 9. La Memoria Di Jean (1:43)

Il Camorrista:
• 10. Il Camorrista (2:00)
• 11. L'anello E Il Serpente (1:52)

Speriamo Che Sia Femmina:
• 12. Speriamo Che Sia Femmina (3:30)

I Cammelli:
• 13. I Cammelli (3:00)

O'Re:
• 14. O'Re - featuring Angela Pagano (3:28)

In Nome Del Popolo Sovrano:
• 15. In Nome Del Popolo Sovrano (2:24)

Domani Accadra:
• 16. Allegretto Dei Butteri (3:03)
• 17. Domani Accadra (2:35)
• 18. I Musicanti In Armonia (2:54)

Caro Diario:
• 19. Caro Diario (2:00)
• 20. Bambini Al Telefono (2:26)
• 21. Medici (2:02)
• 22. Isole (2:10)

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The insert contains a short note from Sergio Cossa, but the internal fold of the insert is completely blank.
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