The music is sublime! The Good The Bad and The Ugly: Ecstasy of Gold is so moving, my entire being goes into ecstasy - it is the perfect title!! I have several Cello recordings, from Yo-Yo Ma and other wonderful Cellists, and this is my absolute favourite of any recording. It makes me weep with joy, and loneliness, and longing for God... That is how moving it is!
And now for the downside... I originally purchased iTunes, and there were several glitches, where there were holes in the music (I don't know how else to describe it). I decided to buy the CD, and was so looking forward to playing it, but it is exactly the same. Did anyone else have this problem? I didn't think it was possible to have had the same experience from both iTunes AND the CD. I still gave it 5 stars, because how can I say I like something that I absolutely love, and that moves me to Divine rapture? But the little stop-starts in the music DO interrupt the ecstasy, so I feel a bit let down by the recording.
For many years I have been a great fan of both Yo-Yo Ma, and Ennio Morricone, and after reading the reviews, felt I must have this recording, which is truely wonderful! However, for me, the original works stood alone, with no need to reinvent the musical wheel. Having first heard them as soundtracks, and truely loving them as such, I went back to the original soundtrack recordings, all remastered, and felt I much preferred them in their movie soundtracks. How can any musical instrument replace the human voice in the main theme of Once Upon a Time in the West? It was the human voice that brought home the true sadness of the human behavior of the movie. Playing Love, from The Legend of 1900 was all about the piano, and 1900's only way to express himself, he wasn't a cellist. Maybe I would feel differently, had I not seen most all of the movies with Morricone soundtracks dozens of times, mostly for the soundtracks, always washed away by the emotion of the music. I always bought both the DVD, and the soundtrack CD. I give this 5 stars for the music, and 5 stars for the cello performance, both outstanding. I was just fine with the original, and don't see myself referring to these variations of the original.
Although no one reveals the nuances and subtleties of Morricone's beguiling and compelling work better than Morricone himself when he directs ensembles playing his own compositions, his input into Ma's interpretation of the works has produced a wonderful collaboration. The only recording that is more enjoyable than Morricone 60 is this one of Yo-Yo Ma's interpretation of Morricone's works with Morricone's input of course.
I previously had this CD. Loaned it to a son who seems to think he does not have it so had to buy it again. For anyone not familiar with the musical compositions of Ennio Morricone, this is a treat, especially with Yo-Yo Ma interpreting the scores of Morricone. The sound track music composed by Morricone cover such a wide spectrum that it is like a dinner with many courses. From the scores for the spaghetti westerns to the haunting score for "The Mission" and "Cinema Paradiso" it is possible to be transported into another time and space dimension. One of the theme songs from "The Mission" , "Gabriel's Oboe" has become a well known vocal song for Il Divo as "Nella Fantasia". The sound track score transports the listener to a time of floating in music. At an age of over 80 yrs, Morroconi is still composing and conducting. It is possible to see the influence of the Italian sensibility in his music-it might be difficult to see how his music relates to Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti western movies, but Eastwood also composes music so he would also reflect the moods of transporting to another time and place in his music--possibly he was also influenced by Morriconi.
Absolutely stunning collaboration! These are a collection of Morricone's most haunting and memorable movie melodies. But each has been reworked and feature the flawless playing of Yo-Yo Ma. Adding the lush and throaty cello tone makes these themes grow in majesty and emotion. But Yo-Yo Ma's prowess is also featured as he gingerly sings out high harmonic lines, as if floating above the orchestra.
This is a beautiful compilation sure to transport you momentarily into another world, to allow you to revisit classic movies in your mind, and to escape the hurried pace of life - as you sit back and crank up your stereo!
This music is absolutely heavenly. Takes my breathe away to listen to this CD. I loved the movies Cinema Paradiso and The Mission, which both had scores from this master composer and his equally talented collaborator, Yo-Yo Ma.
This CD is wonderful. Yo Yo Ma (as usual) has done a masterful job on Ennio Morricone. A lot of people don't realize that Morricone wrote other music besides "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". It is truly beautiful.
All Items in box were carefully packed, protected and showed up on time. The music of Yo-Yo Ma allows the healing my body knows how to do to take place. This is a welcomed relief of sounds. My sister who just lost her husband recommended I send away for this CD.
Morricone's music is so good that it sometimes makes movies look bad (and I could name a few). In some instances, there is a perfect convergence, such as in Cinema Paradiso. Morricone's music is of the movie, in the movie, and at the same time outside of it, more so than just another actor or director's assistant. I wish more directors would have understood this challenge :). Great adaptation and rendition by Yo-Yo Ma of something that I would consider worthy of Italian lyrical tradition.
Before I bought this terrific album as an unusual gift for a musician friend, I had never heard of Ennio Morricone, who composes both well-known movie themes and also background music for films. You'll recognize many of these pieces as soon as you hear them. Yo-Yo Ma plays beautifully, of course, as he always does, and he treats these pieces with the seriousness of purpose that they deserve. If you're looking for a real musical treat that's a little bit off the beaten path, then congratulations, you've found it!