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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Anyone who can listen attentively to this entire 64-minute score in one sitting is superhuman. I started losing it after five minutes but managed to hold on for almost fifty before I had to call a time-out. I love the occasional groovy bits with the Dies Irae, but the overlapping choral loops are downright cuckoo-inducing after thirty seconds or so, yet they go on and on and on and on and on. And on. And. On.

Next time, perhaps, I'll try to reach the finish line, at the risk of losing what little sanity I have left.

Recommended to those with a taste for the macabre and an adventurous ear with lots and lots of stamina.









CD: http://www.beatrecords.it/shop.asp?idprodotto=CDCR84&lingua=e

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


What a lightweight you are...

wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 3:43 AM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

I would love to see footage of Morricone (or Nicolai) conducting some of their wilder stuff during its recording. You know, getting the musicians to understand the effect they were after and driving them to produce it. Must have been fascinating sessions. Or coaxing Edda's orgasmic stuff. Donna Summer had nothing on her.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I admit it's not one of his scores I play very often ... but I did upgrade from the 6 track release (coupled with Dalle Ardenne All'Inferno) to this 16 track release ...

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Anyone who can listen attentively to this entire 64-minute score in one sitting is superhuman. I started losing it after five minutes but managed to hold on for almost fifty before I had to call a time-out. I love the occasional groovy bits with the Dies Irae, but the overlapping choral loops are downright cuckoo-inducing after thirty seconds or so, yet they go on and on and on and on and on. And on. And. On.

Next time, perhaps, I'll try to reach the finish line, at the risk of losing what little sanity I have left.

Recommended to those with a taste for the macabre and an adventurous ear with lots and lots of stamina.


Actually listened to this album complete at least two times, perhaps thrice (but I don't feel like any superhuman smile ).

I had the additional benefit of being acquainted with the modern and avant-garde music of Italian composers prior to hearing IL SORRISO DEL GRANDE TENTATORE, such as Luciano Berio's vocal experiments, Luigi Nono's operas, & Bruno Maderna's Hyperion, for example.
These composer's works can also serve as ideal preparations for Ennio Morricone's experimental facet.

[by the way, all of the above were born in the 1920s and began writing serious music in earnest during the 1950s - this was their scene and familiarization with such aids greatly in the 'turning of the key' to 'get' Morricone's avant-garde tendencies]

I have between 75 and 80 soundtracks by Ennio Morricone, and I'd position THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN at around 30th place in my personal rankings of Ennio's scores.
So I consider this as a better-than-average Morricone album.

As for which avant-garde Morricone titles I like most, they're A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY ('68), COLD EYES OF FEAR ('71) & AUTOPSY ('74/'75).

Bruno Maderna's DEATH LAID AN EGG is another example of a soundtrack album which can severely tax a listener's patience and endurance! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   Zeno Cosini   (Member)

So these are delicious tracks that show Morricones ability to write wonderful pieces of music...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To each one's own of course, some love it, some don't, some are down the middle. But i find, Josh, when you come upon a score that is starting to bore you in parts, do something else while you are listening to it. Mopped the floor go through some papers of yours, Wash the dishes, but don't give up on it. This way you won't miss out on good parts that might come up[sometimes sublime parts] in the score.This score is not one of my favorites, but ENNIO THE MASTER, knew what he was doing.I never forgot years ago in New York, a cable service called WHT[New Yorker's remember that service ?]was showing My diner with Andre-81- i was not that interested in watching the film, i left it on and started to write out my bills. As i was listening to the film i got more and more interested in it, Today it is one of my favorite films.Another suggestion give it a second listen, it might have been the mood you were in the first time. Maybe yes, maybe no.But you never know unless you try.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

I would love to see footage of Morricone (or Nicolai) conducting some of their wilder stuff during its recording. You know, getting the musicians to understand the effect they were after and driving them to produce it. Must have been fascinating sessions. Or coaxing Edda's orgasmic stuff. Donna Summer had nothing on her.


Same here! I love all those Morricone scores with EDDA. I would have loved to
have been in the studio during the performance of Edda going into orgasmic bliss
on the IL GATTO score. I wonder what she was doing during those sessions. embarrassment

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

This is one of my favorite Morricone scores, and I find the album just terrific. I think the choral work is quite engrossing, and I find the cyclical material rather involving. Certainly a long way from his lyrical works, or his anthemic material - and even his giallo scores (I don't recall "Bluebeard" being quite so avant-garde in parts), but it's always a score that struck me.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I can't help but wonder if Philip Glass heard this way back when.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

To each one's own of course, some love it, some don't, some are down the middle. But i find, Josh, when you come upon a score that is starting to bore you in parts, do something else while you are listening to it. Mopped the floor go through some papers of yours, Wash the dishes, but don't give up on it. This way you won't miss out on good parts that might come up[sometimes sublime parts] in the score.This score is not one of my favorites, but ENNIO THE MASTER, knew what he was doing.


I've listened to this CD several times since it's release, and bore me it most certainly does not. Quite the opposite, in fact. The manic parts are just so overwhelming (or so it seemed last night) that it can be difficult to ingest in one large dose. I might listen to it again next week in a different frame of mind and break out the pom poms and disco ball. Don't worry, I won't post any pix.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2012 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

What a lightweight you are...


Tell that to my scale.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

It's the way ye tell 'em! big grin

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)




CD: http://www.beatrecords.it/shop.asp?idprodotto=CDCR84&lingua=e


It's not exactly a "me" type of sound, but I LOVE IT!!!!

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Ester   (Member)

Anyone who can listen attentively to this entire 64-minute score in one sitting is superhuman. Next time, perhaps, I'll try to reach the finish line, at the risk of losing what little sanity I have left.

If you really want to lose sanity you have left, think BIG and try this one :




Even my five goldfish committed suicide when I listened to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Anyone who can listen attentively to this entire 64-minute score in one sitting is superhuman. Next time, perhaps, I'll try to reach the finish line, at the risk of losing what little sanity I have left.

If you really want to lose sanity you have left, think BIG and try this one :




Even my five goldfish committed suicide when I listened to it.


smile I'm inclined to agree ... albeit I don't have goldfish!

It's the one CD in my collection which I've found sounds better on my car stereo than on the hi-fi (where its clarity becomes a little intrusive). The limited car stereo ambience makes the sound picture (I can't call it music smile) more acceptable.

Possibly my least played CD as I don't like playing CDs in the car!

Mitch

 
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