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Nino Rota: Music for Fellini, Part 1 1952 to 1958

  • 1. sceicco bianco, Lo (The White Sheik): Lo sceicco bianco - Nino Rota
    2. vitelloni, I (The Big Loafers): I vitelloni - suite - Nino Rota
    3. Strada, La (The Road): Tema della strada - Nino Rota
    4. Strada, La (The Road): E' arrivato Zampan - Nino Rota
    5. Strada, La (The Road): Gelsomina - Nino Rota
    6. Strada, La (The Road): La trattoria - Nino Rota
    7. Strada, La (The Road): Il bambino malato - Nino Rota
    8. Strada, La (The Road): Io mie ne vado! - Nino Rota
    9. Strada, La (The Road): I tre suonatori - Le processione - Nino Rota
    10. Strada, La (The Road): Il matto sul filo - Nino Rota
    11. Strada, La (The Road): Il viaggio continua - Nino Rota
    12. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Il bidone - Nino Rota
    13. bidone, Il (The Swindle): La moglie del bidonista - Nino Rota
    14. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Il tesoro nascosto - Nino Rota
    15. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Coimbra - Nino Rota
    16. bidone, Il (The Swindle): In viaggio per un bidone - Nino Rota
    17. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Al cinema - Nino Rota
    18. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Cara bambina - Nino Rota
    19. bidone, Il (The Swindle): Ballerina night - Nino Rota
    20. Il bidone, Le (The Swindle): L'ultimo bidone - Nino Rota
    21. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): Le notti di Cabiria - Nino Rota
    22. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): Donne di vita (Mambo di Cabiria) - Nino Rota
    23. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): Via Veneto - Il divo - Nino Rota
    24. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): Il pellegrinaggio - Nino Rota
    25. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): Pic-nic al Davino Amore - Nino Rota
    26. notti di Cabiria, Le (The Nights of Cabiria): L'illusionista - Nino Rota
    27. Fortunella (Happy-go-lucky Girl): Buongiorno, Fortunella - Nino Rota
    28. Fortunella (Happy-go-lucky Girl): Signore e signore, comprate da Fortunella - Nino Rota
    29. Fortunella (Happy-go-lucky Girl): Melodia per Fortunella - Nino Rota
    30. Fortunella (Happy-go-lucky Girl): Nella villa - Nino Rota
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 192

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    The films of Federico Fellini, with their grim carnival atmosphere leavened by sentiment, seem almost indivisible from the music by Nino Rota that accompanies them, and indeed the claim of annotator Gilbert Salachas here (the notes are in English only) that one could just as easily call Fellini "Rota's director" as Rota "Fellini's musician" has some credibility. The pair collaborated for more than 30 years, but the basic patterns of their partnership were set during the 1950s, in the six films whose scores are excerpted here. Beginning with The White Sheik (1952), these films were consecutive, and they are generally regarded as the ones in which the filmmaker's distinctive style took shape. Rota was already an experienced classical composer by then, but he took on the challenge of developing a musical language to go with Fellini's cinematic one. A program like the one chosen here -- for which nobody claims credit -- offers a fascinating insight into the development of the partnership, a kind of dance in which each artist alternately took the lead. Rota was a natural font of the garish popular-style tunes Fellini used to illustrate the Italian street, and he came up with them from the beginning. As time went by he developed a broader sentimental language as a foil for this, taking strides forward in Fellini's lesser-known films: Il Bidone (The Swindle, 1955) and Fortunella (The Happy-Go-Lucky Girl, 1958). The latter will be especially interesting for U.S. listeners, for it is the source of the melody that later became the Godfather Theme (hear "Buongiorno, Fortunella," track 27). This relationship, when it came to light, cost Rota his Oscar for the Godfather score (which mandated original compositions), but in the words of director Lina Wertmller, "Nino was an adorable, absent-minded, and free-spirited musician who recycled everything possible." The moods of the two passages are quite different, and the entire episode gives an insight into Rota's ability to manipulate very simple material. This release from Britain's Cherry Red Records label will be of great interest to fans of Fellini, Rota, or soundtrack music in general.

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  • Genre: Rock
  • Label: Cherry Red 192
  • Distributor: Phd
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: TODO
  • UPC: 5013929319233
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