Ennio Morricone Arena Concerto on DVD
Available to buy now through Warner Music Vision UK is the DVD release of Ennio Morricone - Arena Concerto. This stunning live-in-concert DVD provides a fitting tribute to the 'god' of modern movie music, who celebrates his 75th birthday during the month of release. For a personal viewpoint on the tour which this disc is based on then head on over to CDTimes to read Raphael Pour-Hashemi's take on the UK event.
From the PR:
During 2002-2003 Ennio Morricone completed a tour of the major cities of the world. Accompanied by a symphony orchestra comprising of 91 elements and a polyphonic choir of 80 members, this was a concert performance not to be missed. The legendary Gilda Butta was resident at the piano and the soprano Susannah Rigacci, the famous voice behind the melodies to Sergio Leone's Western trilogy, lead the way vocally.
Born on 10 November 1928 in Rome, young Morricone studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he became an accomplished trumpeter. He began scoring movies in the early 1960s and, during the early part of his career, Morricone occasionally adopted westernised pseudonyms such as Dan Savio and Leo Nichols in an attempt to endear himself to American producers.
It was while using the 'Savio' name that Morricone first received international acclaim when a former classmate of his, fledgling director Sergio Leone, asked him to score his movie Per Un Pugno di Dollari - A Fistful of Dollars - in 1964. The result of their collaboration became one of the most legendary pieces of music ever written for a film. Since that historic moment, Morricone has split his time equally between scoring films in his native Italy and in Hollywood, and now has over 400 titles to his name - probably the greatest number of credits of any film composer since the late Alfred Newman.
Ennio Morricone - Arena Concerto also contains an exclusive interview with the man who has had a revolutionary impact on the way films are scored. Recorded at Giovanni Morricone's home, this short documentary captures Ennio Morricone discussing his career and life. Interspersed with intimate photographs from the Morricone family album, this delightful bonus feature also boasts footage taken from the recording of some of the famous movie scores by the Maestro, performed by his favourite soloists.
The DVD contains a complete list of Morricone's works, divided into two sections: Film Music and Concert Works, with a photo gallery dedicated to the 'Mozart' of film soundtracks.
The Verona Arena Concert was recorded on 28th September 2002 and is presented in dts, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and PCM Stereo and features the following tracks:
Once Upon A Time In America
The Legend Of 900
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Once Upon A Time In The West
A Fistful Of Dynamite (Giu la testa)
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (the ecstasy of gold)
La Luz Proigiosa
The Battle Of Algiers
Sacco e Vanzetti
Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto
La Classe Operaia Va In Paradiso
Casualties Of War
II Desetto dei Tattari
II Deserto Dei Tattari