Two very beautiful soundtracks from Ennio Morricone – back to back in one massively overstuffed package! La Monaca Di Monza is a masterpiece in slow strings and moody sounds – a work that's almost as tense as some of Morricone's horror scores, but which also has this flowing, redemptive quality in the strings – almost a precursor of the sounds that he's bring to his global successes of the 80s – but at a richer, more personal level here in the early setting. Titles include the great "La Monica Di Monza" theme, in a few variations – plus "Quel Giorno", "Dopo La Notte", "Canone Per Quattro", "Svegliarsi Pensado", and "Falsa Tranquilita". La Califfa is a really moody little record from Ennio Morricone – spare, subtle, and extreme
ly beautiful – touched with notes of sadness and remorse, but also handled with a strong spirit of redemption! The sound here isn't as cold or atonal as that on some of Morricone's horror work – but it's also not sweet and dreamy either. Instead, there's kind of an economic use of piano, light strings, and odd sonic textures – woven into a tapestry of shorter tunes that convey a real sense of loss, but also a quietly growing beauty. There's a few wordless vocals on the set, but things are mostly instrumental overall – and titles include "La Califfa", "La Pace Interiore", "Fari Nella Notte", "La Cena", "Notturno", "Sotto La Pioggia", and "Sangue Sull'Asfalto". CD features 42 tracks in all – over 76 minutes of music!
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)