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.
I never thought Yo-Yo Ma would do Gabriel's Oboe (Track 1) from THE MISSION justice, but I was wrong. There's a pureness to this version that makes it easier casual listening than the version(s) on the soundtrack CD itself. So no matter how much I love the theatrical "largeness" of the Original Soundtrack (not to mention the full choir), this is the version I grab for the CD player/iPod/whatever.
My two other recommendations are Main Theme from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Track 11) and Ecstasy of Gold from THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (Track 12). I suggest playing these consecutively as a single medley. Track 11 *WILL* bring tears to the manliest among us --particularly if you remember in the movie where Sergio Leone pulls the camera up to reveal the town rising.
I get the feeling "hardcore" classical fans would dismiss movie scores as commercial work. I truly believe Ennio Morricone transcends that. Even moreso than, say, John Williams, and on a different plane than a Danny Elfman. And I can't say more about the emotion Yo-Yo Ma brings to the table than what's already been discussed.
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.
I'm so glad that I found this album. It is possibly the most beautiful musical work that I have in my collection. Perfect for easy, quiet listening enjoyment and equally perfect as background, ambient music.
The music is wonderful. The track editing (I purchased the mp3) are divided horribly. Some of the tracks... particularly track 2... cut off the start of the music. 5 Stars to Yo-yo and Ennio. 1 Star to whoever or whatever divided these tracks.
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!
Brilliant performance. Interesting idea to play the "Gabriel's Oboe" melody of "The Mission" on a cello instead of an oboe. I have also heard it played on a trumpet, which, too, was outstanding. Yo-Yo Ma and Morricone are nothing short of fabulous, A great addition to my CD collection.