An overstuffed collection – one that's filled with famous Nino Rota soundtrack material – for films by Fellini, Visconti, and others! First up is the excellent score for 8 1/
2 – beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back and forth as the mood of the film changes, in a similar mode to the scoring for La
Dolce Vita. Titles include "Cadillac", "Cimitero", "Discesa Ai Fanghi", "La
Passerella D'Addio", "Concertino Alle Terme", and "E Poi". Next is Rocco & His Brothers – a wonderful Nino Rota score – composed around the same time as his better-known work for Fellini, but done for a film directed by Luchino Visconti! There's a great mix of darkness and light in the music – some playful themes mixed with moodier moments – set to instrumentation that includes organ, bandeon, violin, and sax – with occasional larger orchestrations as well, but always with that sense of intimacy that made Rota one of the first fresh composers on the European scene of the postwar years. If you dig Rota's work for Fellini, you'll find plenty here to love – on titles that include "Come Tu Vuoi", "Milano E Nadia", "Terra Lontana", "L'Amore Di Rocco", and "La
Loro Storia". The Leopard is a slightly more straightforward score – done for the famous film with Burt Lancaster in the lead. Boccaccio 70 is a 3-part soundtrack to a 3-part film that features different segments by Fellini, Visconti, and De Sica. The mode is Italian sex comedy – and the styles used here by Trovajoli and Rota are groovy and whimsical – occasionally touched with jazz or jerk/
beat modes, but more in the ornate humoresque mode of early 60s Italian scores. CD also features Rota soundtrack material from the films La
Riffa, Il Lavora, and The Temptation Of Dr Antonio.