Once Upon a Time... (The Essential Ennio Morricone Film Music Collection)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Crouch End Festival Chorus
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Ennio Morricone's vast film music canon spans 500 productions, three continents and countless record labels great, small and defunct. Some purists may still balk at the notion of re-recordings, but this 1999 release by the City of Prague Philharmonic does a credible job of recreating much of il Maestro's enticing music, if not always its original sonic landscape. It's intended as an introductory overview, one that covers often familiar territory via large swaths of Morricone's legendary collaborations with Sergio Leone and more emotionally evocative fare from Cinema Paradiso and The Mission. But it also shrewdly mixes in a generous selection of otherwise out-of-print or hard-to-find music that includes his first Oscar-nominated score for Terence Malick's Days of Heaven, disparate cues for the later Eastwood films Two Mules for Sister Sara and In the Line of Fire, and a dizzying array of international productions that span The Red Tent and Bertolucci's 1900, the '70s-savory, Eurocentric charms of The Sicilian Clan and ""Chi Mai"" and the chilling, modernist horror of John Carpenter's The Thing.."
Cheap quality re-recordings
This is a greatest hits type compilation of film composer Ennio Morricone's work, as re-recorded by the usually very good City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. However the quality of production is lacking on this recording, perhaps because of the difficulty in translating Morricone’s dynamic instrumentation to a standard orchestra environment. The performances seem lackluster and badly orchestrated, making for an overall cheap sound.
Very lackluster album. Couldn't quite figure this out from the soundbites, but the recordings are not good, oftentimes terrible. First album bought on iTunes that I had to delete after an hour of listening.
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s