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Album Review

A nicely evocative score album that doesn't resort to the clichés of horror film scoring — far fewer loud stings and far more thematic development than might be expected. Pino Donaggio has well earned his place amongst the best composers for film, and was an inspired choice for this particular effort. The one area in which the score is somewhat lacking is in the songs themselves: Katie Irving's vocals are far too weak for the music. Otherwise, subtlety is the order of the day — gentle melody counterbalanced against terrible horror. Ryko's Enhanced CD includes the film's spectacular trailer.


Born: 1941 in Burano, Italy

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Composer Pino Donaggio teamed with filmmaker Brian DePalma to forge one of the most memorable collaborations in cinema history, writing a series of suspenseful, hauntingly atmospheric scores evoking Bernard Herrmann's landmark work for Alfred Hitchcock. Born Giuseppe Donaggio in Venice, Italy, on October 24, 1941, he was the product of a family of musicians, and began studying violin at the age of ten. In the midst of classical training at Milan's Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, he made his professional...
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