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The most current "greatest hits" collection in sixty years of genius
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
With more than sixty CDs of Morricone's music in my collection, including rare stuff and several anthologies, this comes as the most current 'Greatest Hits" as it includes two tracks from 'The Hateful Eight' (2015). Yes, from 60 years of masterful film music.
The main plus, I find, is the quality of the sound, state-of-the-art Decca. And even though this is not the 'Rolls-Royce' Czech Philharmonic, the Czech National SO plays like Czechs do, marvelously. However, some gaps pertaining information (not unusual in film anthologies of Morricone, I am afraid!) remain. "Recorded Prague, Dublin, London, Cologne, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Wroclaw" is really vague. in addition to no recording dates. Would I assume correctly that the Kodaly Choir is from Hungary? But they did not record there!(?) Also notice, Morricone does not conduct and the two conductors are mentioned in very generalized credits.
So this is, of course, great for the music, which flows almost from one track into another, nicely. But for those of us, serious about collecting this, the whole production is still not optimal. No matter: like the other giant of film scoring, John Williams, Ennio Morricone is probably approaching the end of his creative life; as well he should: he'll 90 this year (11/2018)! This collection gathers some of his best themes in the last sixty years of this genius' musical contribution to film.