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 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I have just read a couple of reports that the wonderful Composer Luis Bacalov (1933-2017) has passed away today in Rome. May Luis rest in peace.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I was only listening to his marvellous score to A Bullet For The General yesterday. Thanks for all the music Luis.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Very sorry to hear this. RIP Luis Bacalov.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Extremely sad news.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   stalemate12   (Member)

Sad news. RIP Luis.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)


Luis plays the piano:

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

My favorite of his is City of Women in which Bacalov triumphed with a magical score for Fellini - Fellini's first without Nino Rota.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have bits and pieces of Bacalov, but I've never really sat down to explore his work beyond the obvious titles.

Is there any representative compilation out there? Now's a convenient time to explore this gentleman's work.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

...and his Oscar winning score to IL POSTINO. Grazie for all that music starting with me buying THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW LP on the Mainstream label in 1966.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   purplemonkeydishwasher   (Member)

A wonderful composer, who could deliver in any number of styles. Probably in the top 3, certainly in the top 5 of my list of Italian favorites.

Is there any representative compilation out there? Now's a convenient time to explore this gentleman's work.

Here's a couple of Bacalov comps that I've enjoyed:

Luis Bacalov In Lounge - VeritaNote VQCD-10025

Fantastico Bacalov! - Avanz SP/CR-00013

Unfortunately both these comps are out of print, but are well worth tracking down. They focus mostly on the 1960s/70s groovy/loungey/shake sound, so I don’t think they’re necessarily wide-ranging enough to be "representative" of all the many styles Bacalov could create, but they are a great listen.

I also second the recommendation for City Of Women, another very solid soundtrack.

* Rest in peace, sir, and thank you for the music. *

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)


 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Indeed very sad news. As someone said, he was a true gentleman. I've always thought his music to be very classy. As a homage, I'm playing right now the superb A CIASCUNO IL SUO and will put on a few others.

Regarding compilations, this great composer deserves much more than the few existing ones. Let's hope for a 3 or 4 CD career box. Claudio, do you hear me?
There's one more that appeared on EMI France, MES FILMS FRANCAIS, where you can find excerpts from 5 different scores, including the masterpiece UN AMOUR INTERDIT.

I've been told by specialists of his production that several of the thrillers he scored in the 70's are still unreleased. So let's hope for more albums from the regular labels in Italy, Spain and France.

May he rest in piece.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2017 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

One of his very best scores:
Cuori Solitari (1969)

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Spirit of Django has gone to heaven.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

As a tribute I am playing 'A Ciascuno il Suo/La Policia e' al Servizio del Cittadino?'. Wonderful melodic scores. He will be sadly missed. I also picked up 'Summertime Killer', 'Che fare?' and 'Luis Bacalov plays Nino Rota' today. Somehow missed these releases and I thought it appropriate to remember the maestro in this way today. R.I.P.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

A tragic loss for Italian film music. Rest in peace Maestro.
Luckily, I had personally met Bacalov at the Lavagnino festival in Alessandria in 2010 where he signed my LP copy of LA MASCHERA from 1989 which for me is still one of his most beautiful (and underrated) scores ever.
If only one of our specialty CD labels (Quartet?) would release his brilliant symphonic score for the Russian Sergei Bondarchuk epic QUIET FLOWS THE DON from 2006, but probably there are too many licensing problems which may prevent this.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

My favorite Bacalov score is Coup de Foudre. It has a bit of source music in there but that theme sold me immediately upon hearing the samples. It was released by Quartet Records.


 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

A wonderful composer, one of my favorites. R.I.P.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

That leaves only one survivor of the old GM Music label. From left to right, Morricone, Trovaioli died at 95, Piccioni at 82, Bacalov at 84,

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2017 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

R.I.P. Maestro....and thank you for your wonderful music.

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