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 Posted:   Apr 21, 2013 - 4:08 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Piccioni can do no wrong!

The Juggler has said it! smile

There's a thread on the flipside of this forum from a few days ago in which album reviewers such as Jon Broxton and James Southall refer to their respective websites.

I searched both sites and - guess what? - no albums by Piccioni at all have been reviewed by either! mad

Broxton also had never heard of the names Giovanni Fusco or Roberto Nicolosi (plus others) when he replied to my inquiry. He indicated that such a niche within a niche was miles off his radar.

This situation, I think, begs for reliable English-language reviews on Italian soundtracks.

Here within FSM, I babble on at length about albums and composers I wish to talk about, but they are not reviews of newly issued CDs. (a few times I wrote a review on an LP soundtrack that's 45 or 50 years old smile )

Any thoughts or suggestions about such an undertaking?

Who would be able to do reviews in English for Digitmovies and Beat and the other Italian labels?

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2013 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

I admit I'm currently dependant on the information in this thread. Exploring Piccioni's work is no easy undertaking.

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2013 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Just send you an email ToneRow forgot about British summer time we add an hour onto the clock it is a 5hr difference

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2013 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Who would be able to do reviews in English for Digitmovies and Beat and the other Italian labels?

Let's see...

Who's got the passion, the knowledge, and the writing ability to do these releases justice?

Oh yeah...

You!

Why not, man? Ever thought about it?

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2013 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Who would be able to do reviews in English for Digitmovies and Beat and the other Italian labels?

Let's see...

Who's got the passion, the knowledge, and the writing ability to do these releases justice?

Oh yeah...

You!

Why not, man? Ever thought about it?


Motion seconded! Mr ToneRow is a walking encyclopedia.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2013 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

Beat's IL DEMONIO looks exciting to me. 73 minutes is quite long, however the three lengthy suites in stereo could be wonderful. I wonder if Piccioni used the stereo field with this work?

Not long before IL DEMONIO is going into my ears. I can only wonder at what the next Piccioni works will be published, I would embrace THE TENTH VICTIM, any thoughts?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2013 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

ANDRE COURREGES Fashion 1969 + Music by Piero Piccioni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gjJQky0usM

PACO RABANNE Fashion 1969 + Music by Piero Piccioni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTacMzethwc

MARY QUANT Fashion from 1969 + Music by Piero Piccioni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mE2y1tsUzs

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Piccioni can do no wrong!

The Juggler has said it! smile

There's a thread on the flipside of this forum from a few days ago in which album reviewers such as Jon Broxton and James Southall refer to their respective websites.

I searched both sites and - guess what? - no albums by Piccioni at all have been reviewed by either! mad

Broxton also had never heard of the names Giovanni Fusco or Roberto Nicolosi (plus others) when he replied to my inquiry. He indicated that such a niche within a niche was miles off his radar.

This situation, I think, begs for reliable English-language reviews on Italian soundtracks.

Here within FSM, I babble on at length about albums and composers I wish to talk about, but they are not reviews of newly issued CDs. (a few times I wrote a review on an LP soundtrack that's 45 or 50 years old smile )

Any thoughts or suggestions about such an undertaking?

Who would be able to do reviews in English for Digitmovies and Beat and the other Italian labels?


I'd love to have written reviews of Piccioni and other Italian composers. Trouble is, there's a chicken-and-egg situation - I don't know what to get by these guys because there are no reviews anywhere! If I had a gigantic purchasing budget then of course I could just buy a load of these releases (and write reviews of them so others might know what to expect); sadly I don't. I hope someone can take up the mantle.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I'd love to have written reviews of Piccioni and other Italian composers. Trouble is, there's a chicken-and-egg situation - I don't know what to get by these guys because there are no reviews anywhere! If I had a gigantic purchasing budget then of course I could just buy a load of these releases (and write reviews of them so others might know what to expect); sadly I don't. I hope someone can take up the mantle.

Hi James.

Right here within this FSM thread I have started to deposit my input on the Piero Piccioni albums which I am familiar with (from the late 1950s up through 1967 so far).
You'll be wading through lots of photos of Virna Lisi, but in between these you can read my reviews:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?forumID=7&pageID=2&threadID=91983&archive=0

Hope you like them.

Currently, I have no internet connection so I am just stopping by here @ FSM when I am using a public computer in a library.

I would like to write reviews such as these, but now is not a good time for me for personal reasons.
Maybe after 2013, I might be settled enough in 2014 to contribute such.
[we hope soundtrack CDs will still be produced next year smile ]

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

I managed to view Francesco Rosi's 1963 HANDS OVER THE CITY (Le mani sulla città), Piero's music is described in the booklet :

"a cloud of brass gathering like an amorphous headache, until it's broken through by a jazzy, threatening twang, as if an electric bass were being kicked down steps."

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2013 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I managed to view Francesco Rosi's 1963 HANDS OVER THE CITY (Le mani sulla città), Piero's music is described in the booklet :


Hi, ajhfsm.

Have you been able to get the CD of LE MANI SULLA CITTA' on GDM?
Or have you only just seen the film on DVD?

Either way, I hope you like Piero's music for this classic film! smile

By the way, the Dusty Groove site is a good place to catch Piccioni albums, and they also have minature reviews on each of the titles they carry.

http://www.dustygroove.com/browse.php?kwfilter=Piero+Piccioni&incl_oos=1&incl_cs=1&format=all

Dusty Groove also has good scans (350 x 350 pixels) of the album covers.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2013 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

Thanks ToneRow. I have pounced on the GDM triple Francesco Rosi Piccioni waiting on IL DEMONIO to ship. I'm looking forward to hearing the music alone and also the other two works, those two films I've yet to see, next opportunity I'll watch IL CASO MATTEI.

Here is DustyGroove mini review of IL DEMONIO :

Definite demonic sounds from Piero Piccioni – one of the darkest soundtracks we've ever heard from the legendary Italian film composer – and a real standout from the rest of his work of the 60s! There's some very oddly-tuned instrumentation on the set – weird organ that's not entirely pipe organ, yet hardly Hammond either – often played in these long, twisted notes mixed with very offbeat and abstract percussion – all in ways that seem to reference the world of Xenakis and Stockhausen, yet which have a bit more of a cinematic focus here too. A few tunes are a bit more conventional, but still plenty darn tense – and titles include 14 tracks from the unreleased album, and 3 more long numbers from the film score! (Limited to 500 copies.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   Daddy Lime   (Member)



Definite demonic sounds from Piero Piccioni – one of the darkest soundtracks we've ever heard from the legendary Italian film composer – and a real standout from the rest of his work of the 60s! There's some very oddly-tuned instrumentation on the set – weird organ that's not entirely pipe organ, yet hardly Hammond either – often played in these long, twisted notes mixed with very offbeat and abstract percussion – all in ways that seem to reference the world of Xenakis and Stockhausen, yet which have a bit more of a cinematic focus here too. A few tunes are a bit more conventional, but still plenty darn tense – and titles include 14 tracks from the unreleased album, and 3 more long numbers from the film score! (Limited to 500 copies.)


Oh, that's a great mini review from our friends at Dusty Groove!

Yes, this is a challenging one by maestro Piccioni!
Fans who love his Sordi scores for their light jazz lounge melodies will have a rough time with Il Demonio.
Jagged, jarring, and very discordant, with only a droning organ to provide some sort of releif from this well crafted, well executed, and disturbing score by one of the greatest composers in Italian cinema.
I think it's a must for followers of Piccioni and those who love his serious work in scores like Lo Straniero.
But, as I mentioned at the top of the post, if you're looking for "...I Married You For Fun", you may want to leave this one at the altar....exorcism notwithstanding.
smile



 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

We are blessed with IL DEMONIO. I'm quickly becoming a devotee, it is a balance of pain and pleasure being the world of soundtracks the way it is. Only time can cure me now.

Since this is BEAT's year of Piccioni, pleasure it will be.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   bewlay   (Member)

We are blessed with IL DEMONIO. I'm quickly becoming a devotee, it is a balance of pain and pleasure being the world of soundtracks the way it is. Only time can cure me now.

Since this is BEAT's year of Piccioni, pleasure it will be.


Looks like Beat has taken a month off from their Piccioni series...no new Piccioni in May.

No worries, L'Attico & Il Demonio should keep me plenty busy - both are great releases, polar opposites in style, & wonderful examples of how versatile Piccioni was.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

Perhaps this won't quite be the year of Piccioni, but it is a good year for Piccioni.

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

I couldn't resist ordering IL BACIO.



I'm also wrestling with the 2 For GDM STORIA DI UNA MONACA DI CLAUSURA or the complete AVANZ edition. I believe I read the complete edition is worthwhile?

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

You are building up a nice collection Ajhfsm I still feel the same way about the Avanz CD once you have it you will never listen to the shorter Digit release but you still need it for Le Monache Do Sant'arcangelo.

Who would be able to do reviews in English for Digitmovies and Beat and the other Italian labels
My Vote would also go to ToneRow ;-)

Thanks for those clips (Member) some great use of Piccioni's music.

Have not had a lot of time for listening to new releases lately really enjoyed the silken smooth and timeless delivery of L'ATTICO

Looking forward to getting the Daliah Lavi experience when she shows up. ;-)

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

Thanks WoW. I'm enjoying enjoying Piccioni's music perhaps too much. I believe I'm starting to grasp the maestro's style, in it's various forms, that leads to more desire.

I see this little tid bit but I can't translate yet. Very little on this film I can find.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I see this little tid bit but I can't translate yet. Very little on this film I can find.




"A cynical man greedy for his wife's money devises a plan to drive her to betray him with his henchman. The plan fails when the woman discovers the plot and kills the false suitor. Her husband arrives at the murder scene and is forced to save his wife by claiming self-defense on her behalf in order to cover up his sinister plot."

There doesn't seem to be much more info about this film on the web beyond that listed on its imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067615/

I haven't seen the film either, but the score samples at SAE have a groovy, melancholy vibe. Hopefully someday an Italian label will reissue it at a more wallet-friendly price.

 
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