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 Posted:   Jul 29, 2014 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Alhambra Records in Germany is proud to present on this CD the world premiere release of Angelo Francesco Lavagnino’s complete score for the 1961 historical adventure movie I BRIGANTI ITALIANI. This wonderful CD project - the fifth CD in our Lavagnino series - has only been possible thanks to the generous support of the three daughters of the composer - Bianca, Iudica and Alessandra Lavagnino -, who still had open reel tape copies of the original mastertapes in stereo in their personal archive.
Directed by Mario Camerini in parts like a Western with ironic overtones, I BRIGANTI ITALIANI starred an international cast of well known actors: Ernest Borgnine plays the brigand Sante Carbone, Katy Jurado his wife Assunta Pescatore and Vittorio Gassman the corporal Vincenzino. Among the supporting actors were Rosanna Schiaffino, Bernard Blier, Micheline Presle and Philippe Leroy..
The story of the film takes place in Campania in 1861, just after the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies had been conquered by the KIngdom of Sardinia. The country is in the hands of the Piedmontese troops, while a band of armed bandits led by the outlaw Sante Carbone infests the place and launches attacks against the Italian authorities. Vincenzino, the young corporal from the defeated Bourbon army who is much more interested in love affairs than in warfare or politcial matters, gets captured by Sante, but manages to escape again some time later. Through a series of mix-ups and delightful coincidences Vincenzino meets Sante again and they suddenly become friends. When Sante gets defeated in a battle of annihilation by the Piedmontese troops, he decides to surrender, but he can’t realize his intention anymore: In the middle of the piazza of Stagliano he is shot down from the back by one of the land barons who had originally hired him.
In 1961 Lavagnino was one of the busiest Italian film composers and scored more than a dozen films throughout that year, most of them historical epics or costume pictures which almost always demanded quite an amount of music. Despite this frenetic activity his melodic inspiration almost never ceased, and the score for I BRIGANTI ITALIANI is no exception to this rule.
The “Main Title” immediately grabs the listener’s attention with an ear-catching brisk and stirring theme for full orchestra and mixed chorus. This music exudes a fabulous spirit of adventure and would also be suited for a Western story. Although the theme mainly represents Sante’s fight for liberty and the rides of his band along the rugged Campanian countryside, it is highly adaptable and can be used in manifold ways to describe different moods and various situations. The braggart and ladies’ man Vincenzino, who during the first half of the movie is always surrounded by his own small troupe of bandits, gets his own sly musical theme which is best heard in “Viva l’Italia” when they start their ramblings through the country in an almost Don Quixotian-like manner.
During the second half the movie changes its tone and strikes a more tragic note. The fierce battle scenes are scored with propulsive and exciting action music not unlike the ones used by Lavagnino for his peplum scores. After the defeat, the longest musical sequence in the film appears (“Vincenzino and Sante”) where we get to hear a new pastoral and nostalgic theme which is mainly intoned by solo oboe and then extended until in the end an almost religious atmosphere is achieved.
As a bonus track at the end of the CD we have also included a short interview with Lavagnino from 1986 where he talks about his collaboration with director Mario Camerini.
We hope that many fans of the composer and of classic Italian film music can now enjoy for the first time ever on CD the splendid beauty of this exciting symphonic film score.
Our CD edition with a 12-page booklet will be limited to 400 copies.
You can already listen to a 5-minute suite from the score on the website of the German Soundtrack Club where the CD is available:
http://www.soundtrack-club.net/content/product_info.php?products_id=6390
Of course the CD can also be ordered at SAE during the next few days where there will also be some audio samples.

Here is the cover:

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2014 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

This looks very exciting! It's great that the Lavagnino estate still helps to make these releases happen.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2014 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Now available for pre-order at SAE with tracklisting and audio clips:
http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27694/I-BRIGANTI-ITALIANI-400-EDITION/

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2014 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

What amazingly good news! Nothing better to brighten the Summer than a new Lavagnino project like this! If it's only half as good as your previous ones, what a joy this release shall be! How can anyone listen to those sound samples and not marvel at the composer's incredible gift of melody and orchestration? "Battle" would have been right at home in GORGO! Can't wait to purchase this one!

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

stefan,

Does the alhambra web site no longer work or has the address changed?
The last few of these(AFL) I have bought direct and was going to do the same but no luck!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2014 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Yes, at the moment the old Alhambra website doesn't work anymore. It gets reorganized which may still take a few weeks. In the end it will probably have a similar look as the website of the German Caldera label:
http://caldera-records.com/

But you can also write to the contact address on the Caldera website as both labels are owned by John Elborg. This should be no problem.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2014 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Yes, at the moment the old Alhambra website doesn't work anymore. It gets reorganized which may still take a few weeks. In the end it will probably have a similar look as the website of the German Caldera label:
http://caldera-records.com/

But you can also write to the contact address on the Caldera website as both labels are owned by John Elborg. This should be no problem.



thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2014 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Another terrific release, but every time I hear the start of the score on CD, I am immediately reminded of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. And that's not a bad thing!

I'm also enjoying Lavagnino's IL DELITTO DEL DIAVOLO (LE REGINE) from Digitmovies, but it's an entirely different listening experience. I still have the LP that was a pretty bizarre and unenjoyable smorgasbord, and while this CD is all over the board in certain areas, there is enough interesting music in many different styles to keep it a fun experience. I'm certainly happy I purchased it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2016 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Since Alhambra are about to release a new Lavagnino score in their series I thought I would bump up this post on one of their earlier releases from 2014. As mentioned in previous posts I BRIGANTI ITALIANI is a delightfully melodic score and the 2 main themes stay long in the memory. Lavagnino proves himself again to be a master of orchestration, so that the main theme can appear first in a rousing full blooded version for chorus, then later in a typically beautiful romantic arrangement for viola. The delightful theme for Vincenzino is first heard in a rolling piano version, then later in a gorgeous orchestral arrangement in Viva L'Italia while the wonderful piece Vincenzino and Sante is the highlight of the score for me with a new and wonderful theme for oboe, so haunting and so memorable. The battle themes are powerful and brassy.
The presentation of the CD is superb and Sfefan Schlegel's notes as informative as usual, don't hesitate to pick this up if you enjoyed any of the previous scores in the series as Lavagnino's masterful style is there for all to see! With only 400 or so copies made this should have sold out along time ago, forget that this might be a forgotten movie, the quality of the music is what matters.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2016 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Since Alhambra are about to release a new Lavagnino score in their series I thought I would bump up this post on one of their earlier releases from 2014. As mentioned in previous posts I BRIGANTI ITALIANI is a delightfully melodic score and the 2 main themes stay long in the memory. Lavagnino proves himself again to be a master of orchestration, so that the main theme can appear first in a rousing full blooded version for chorus, then later in a typically beautiful romantic arrangement for viola. The delightful theme for Vincenzino is first heard in a rolling piano version, then later in a gorgeous orchestral arrangement in Viva L'Italia while the wonderful piece Vincenzino and Sante is the highlight of the score for me with a new and wonderful theme for oboe, so haunting and so memorable. The battle themes are powerful and brassy.
The presentation of the CD is superb and Sfefan Schlegel's notes as informative as usual, don't hesitate to pick this up if you enjoyed any of the previous scores in the series as Lavagnino's masterful style is there for all to see! With only 400 or so copies made this should have sold out along time ago, forget that this might be a forgotten movie, the quality of the music is what matters.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2016 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

This is an incredibly good score. Highly recommended

 
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