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 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 4:07 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)



Quartet Records is proud to present the 50th Anniversary premiere release of Natale Massara's robust adventure score for Orson Welles' TREASURE ISLAND from 1972.

Originally planned as a follow-up to Welles' FALSTAFF (also available from Quartet Records), the first version of TREASURE ISLAND was cancelled when budget overruns led to choosing between the two movies. Not surprisingly, Welles chose to prioritize his Shakespearean film and complete it first. It took seven years and several rewrites and directors to complete the Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation, which starred Welles as Long John Silver. And even though he wasn't the credited director, this was still very much his film.

Making his scoring debut was Natale Massara, who composed a real swashbuckling adventure score with a few modern twists added to it—as Welles, who was very much involved in the film’s postproduction, had requested. Now known primarily as the long-time associate/conductor of Pino Donaggio, Massara proves to be a great composer in his own right and this score is definitely an exciting discovery.

Produced by Claudio Fuiano with the supervision of Natale Massara, this release was mastered by Chris Malone from the original mono mixes provided by the composer. The 12-page booklet features liner notes by Gergely Hubai that discuss the film's arduous background as well as the score based on new comments from the composer himself.

https://quartetrecords.com/product/treasure-island/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 4:17 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm always in the mood for a pirate score, but I've never heard of the composer before. Intriguing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

I'm always in the mood for a pirate score, but I've never heard of the composer before. Intriguing.

It seems that you have never heard a Pino Donaggio score. smile
Natale Massara has been Donaggio´s conductor on almost all of his soundtracks since the 70s.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Very interesting, I had a look at this score recently because another label said they would release a score (note: a "thriller" so likely from the 90s) by Natale Massara.

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

The main title always reminds me of Clifton Parker's Damn the Defiant.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2022 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It seems that you have never heard a Pino Donaggio score. smile
Natale Massara has been Donaggio´s conductor on almost all of his soundtracks since the 70s.


A-ha! Thanks for the info, I was not aware of that (I'm rarely into credits outside the composers).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

This came today. Very enjoyable. Worth the pennies.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

The main title always reminds me of Clifton Parker's Damn the Defiant.

Good to hear this comparison. Parker's theme is one I've always enjoyed.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

The main title always reminds me of Clifton Parker's Damn the Defiant.

I'd go so far as to say it's a clear case of a temp track being followed.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

For many years, in those pre 'info at your fingertips' days, I always assumed that Natale Massara was a woman, when I kept seeing the name on the covers of my Pino Donaggio LP's.
Obviously that came from it being so close to Natalie. I must have figured it was the Italian equivalent of said name.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It's interesting that he always(?) got a cover credit alongside Donaggio on virtually all of the albums I can remember (Composed By Pino Donaggio...Conducted By Natale Massara).
Was that contractual, or some kind of loyalty/friendship from Donaggio?

Also interesting...from the samples I've played, if I was asked to Guess The Composer, I would have gone for Pino Donaggio on a few of them!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

The main title always reminds me of Clifton Parker's Damn the Defiant.

Good to hear this comparison. Parker's theme is one I've always enjoyed.


I hear a smidgen of Budd's Kidnapped.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I have just had a perusal of the film info on IMDb. Some wrote that the film was was tracked, in places, with guess what- Kidnapped and Damn the Defiant.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2022 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   eda-88   (Member)

Natale Massara few days ago has told me about this release when I've asked him about other music never released

"Ciao Eda, che piacere vedere che hai scaricato “Il generale Dalla Chiesa”ti informo anche che Quartet Records in questi giorni ha pubblicato il CD Soundtrack di Treasure Island, il mio primo film da compositore e ne sono molto onorato.First realise dopo 50 anni.Un caro saluto.??Natale

Molto dipende dalle Edizioni Musicali.Ma ora qualcuno incomincia a chiedermi le autorizzazioni.Aspettiamo sviluppi!!!

Ok Eda ho ascoltato sul computer ,molto bello.Sono due temi che io amo molto ma sono di proprieta' RAI e sara' difficile la licenza come per tanti altri film TV.Io spero sempre...ma la burocrazia Editoriale eì molto complessa perche' gestita da incapaci che non sanno niente di Musica.Vedremo in futuro,comunque io spero sempre"

 
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