ToneRow Yes don't really think it is an essential Piccioni score but if you can get a cheap copy of the Tsunami disc you should get it there is some very good tracks on it from the other score and most of the best ones from MMM 83.
I have returned home for the weekend to find Savina's Veneri Al Sole has turned up in my mail it is very good indeed the film is from 65 the music is still so fresh like a gentle summers sea breeze very dreamy and atmospheric. The cd also has Veneri In Collegio 1966 a great pairing of scores some really great tracks on it too the music on both of these scores feels more like they were from a few years earlier especially if you were to compare them to what sounds Piccioni was doing at the time. Wonderful Stuff the film is a visual delight as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0X-0y03riI
Here's another early-1960s Piccioni never before released on disc called LA VIACCIA.
There was a rare, non-commercial 45rpm single on Titanus in 1961 with two tracks from LA VIACCIA: "Piccola marcia antica" and "Valzer di mai". The later track was also on one of CAM's CD compilations ("CAM's Award Winning Titles Vol. 8") at the end of the 90s:
Keep in mind that at least half of the score of LA VIACCIA consists of adaptations of or rather excerpts from Debussy's "Rhapsody for alto saxophone and orchestra" conducted by Franco Ferrara. It is used mainly for almost all the love scenes between Belmondo and Cardinale and also during the Main Title of the movie. The rest of the score is in a quite somber, but also rhapsodic manner, a bit in the vein of Piccioni's music for SALVATORE GIULIANO or LO STRANIERO. Piccioni was very much influenced by Debussy and Ravel himself as he told me personally in 2003 and this is one score where this love for those classical impressionist composers came to full fruition. I would say there are about 20-25 minutes of music composed by Piccioni himself - including that very delicate pianola waltz called "Valzer di mai" used for the brothel sequences. So this would be hardly sufficient for a full CD, but maybe it could be coupled with another Piccioni score from CAM. I myself would buy it in a minute, because the score is really good.
Received the recent Quartet release of "7 cadaveri per Scotland Yard" in the mail the other day and have been enjoying it immensely. Love the sounds and vibe of this one! Are there others like this "screaming" for a reissue? Or indeed currently available...
Watched La Viaccia twice to get a feel for the music quite like what I heard and would certainly buy a copy if it was released really like those dark and gloomy tracks of Piccioni's there was a number of them during the film that I found quite alluring. Would love to listen to whatever Piccioni scored for the film to see where it would take me.
Last week I pulled my copy of La Vita Agra / La Fuga off the shelf for a listen always thought this one was pretty reserved and I think it still is in relation to many of his others especially the groovy stuff. Listening to it again I became hooked up on it several spins later and I'm still finding it very intriguing La Vita Agra is a real mixed bag of where it goes think it sets you up well when you reach La Fuga the second score on the disc.
Love were La Fuga goes straight into the shadows fantastic it has been a surreal experience for me never remember enjoying this disc and especially this score so much and I'm in that place where it takes me again as I am listening to it now
Hope in 2013 we get some more of these early Piccioni scores released I'm going to add La Viaccia to my list of wanted titles.
Are there others like this "screaming" for a reissue?
This is a Piccioni fave of mine - UNA TOMBA APERTA...UNA BARA VUOTA.
This score has only 8 tracks, which the Beat label paired with DeMasi's LO SQUARTATORE DI NEW YORK. If there is more music than what's on here, then I wish this would be one Piero to get an expansion in a stand-alone issue.
I agree, I'd love to see an expanded version of that one.
Apart from 7 Murders for Scotland Yard (Sette cadaveri per Scotland Yard) released by Quartet, the latter half of 2012 was pretty dry for Piccioni releases... here's hoping Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli & Tre Fratelli will make it in 2013!
I would also buy an expanded UNA TOMBA APERTA...UNA BARA VUOTA if it was released
Still I would much rather have more of the previously unreleased scores that we have already mentioned as I'm sure you would ToneRow and Bewlay I would so love to be able to listen too Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli right now.
You got one of your wishes this year Bewlay the expanded Swept Away I picked it up and it is fantastic.
Some expansions I'd love to see in the Interim Senilita (30 mins) Lucky Luciano (30 mins) Un Tentativo Sentimentale (39 mins)
Pretty much these are perfection as listening experiences as they are maybe some of these might need two or three disc representations to contain all the important tracks and variations that might have been left off.
Swept Away is just sublime can't imagine anyone not enjoying that one hope you like it Ken it is up there amongst some of my favorite expansions yet like Sacco Alla Regina or La Volpe Dalla Coda Di Velluto.
All the bonus tracks are worth having their all fantastic reading the back of inlay on this latest disc I noticed that it was conducted by Berto Pisano never knew this before what a dream combination it turned out to be with Nora Orlandi doing the vocals on some of the tracks.