This series is inspired by a controversy thread where someone posited the idea that besides THE MISSION and some Sergio Leone westerns Ennio Morricone hasn't written anything great. Rather than making my usual comment that most of Morricone's great scores are from Italy and trying to get Americans to listen to them is like getting them to see movies with subtitles, I decided to take another tact. Since I am at an age where I will only be able to make my case a finite number of times I decided to turn this into a series presenting each great score one at a time, sort of like recordman.
Long before Donna Summer and a hundred other pop stars represented musical orgasms through moaning vocals Ennio Morricone concocted the same with his glorious soprano with a three octave range - Edda Del Orso. You just had to make sure your mother wasn't listening while you were playing these LPs. The only trouble was these were usually written for Italian Giallos where the girl or the couple ended up being sliced and diced. Not conducive to a pleasant erotic experience. But in 1979 Masuo Ikeda, Japanese painter, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor, ceramist and writer decided to adapt his novel to the screen and direct it himself. Using Italian money and shot in the Greek isles here was an opportunity for Morricone to do something unique along with his heavy breathing. This novel was heavily erotic. So was Ennio's score. There is a cut called "Un Grido" that outsaxes Gato Barbieri's LAST TANGO, and every other composer's attempt at raw sensuality. A silly bubbly piece called "Cavallina a Cavallo" can be found a few places on youtube. There is some nice 70s lounge. But despite all this eroticism much of this is seen through the eyes of a young girl. And somehow that touch of innocence, the sensuality, the Greek island landscape and bit of tragedy all is encapsulated in the main theme featuring a virtuoso violin solo by Yoko Sato:
This is also a primo example of the art of Edda Del Orso. The timing is fortuitous because Quartet just did an expanded release, after years being out of print. The booklet on that has much more detailed notes than these and lots more naked pictures.
I've just purchased this CD ... another EM scored film I've not seen - after years of thinking it would not be available (the earlier SLC release being very rare/expensive).
I've played it only once so far (plus one theme, last evening, whilst my streaming was set on Random) and it's too early to tell whether this one will become a player. Certainly teh main theme is lovely, the 70's pop stuff is not.
But this morning, again on random, EM's Come Maddalena theme from his score to Maddelena arrived ... and that hides all of these scores in its shade.
Yes, the booklet to Dedicato ... is very revealing ... it descibes the film's plot in quite some detail!
Bravo Quartet for releasing this gem,have never heard this in full until I received Quartets fantastic release,always enjoyed tracks that I had discovered on YouTube,but never managed to track down a copy for a decent price.
There is other Morricone that I enjoy even more but the margins get closer and it depends what you are in the mood for at any given time. This is one of those scores with a great feel good factor find it quite uplifting it certainly puts a smile on my face,the picture of Ennio with Masuo Ikeda in the booklet just says it all for me never seen the Maestro look so happy.
For anyone who has already enjoyed this score before and thinking whether to get the new release or not,the extra tracks are really quite special at least six of the bonus tracks are very noticeably different 15,16,17,19,21,22 if you thought the original score was good the bonus tracks seem even more upbeat just superb. Would not describe many of the tracks as erotic some of them certainly are,but tracks like 7. Lisa Del Mare Egeo just have an incredibly upbeat flavour about them that reflects everything that is good in life pure joy.
I knew you'd beat me to writing about this score. It's one of my favourites, but my expanded edition still hasn't arrived
Issac Sorry to hear that yours has not turned up yet, you have excellent taste I would very much like to read your review of this score when you get it please post it in along with Henrys post where we all can share how we feel about Ennio's many scores.
Is it Edda that is featured on this soundtrack? It sounds like her (but I have been mistaken before). I've never seen her name attached to this movie.
Yes, it's Edda Dell'Orso, the booklet confirms that.
Cool. Thanks for the reply!! I had thought that it probably was- Seems weird this one is never mentioned in connection with her. And there have been a few soundtracks where I thought it was her, only to find out later it wasn't.