When you think of film music, the first name that instantly comes to mind is Ennio Morricone. The Italian composer who died in July 2020 wrote some of the most beautiful cinematic soundtracks. From his iconic scores of westerns – with, among others, his childhood friend Sergio Leone – to classic and romantic flights illustrating great lyrical epics, passing through lighter comedies and even obscure B series, the “maestro Morricone” has signed more than 500 music for cinema and television.
A monumental work that the collection Listen to the movies! tries to compile and synthesize through the most ambitious discographic project ever dedicated to Ennio Morricone.
After a first box set of 18 CDs released in 2019, here is the second volume, designed on the same principle: a selection divided into 14 thematic CDs (western, French cinema, war stories, comedy, American cinema, television series, etc.) .
Released January 7, 2022, Ennio Morricone – Film Soundtracks 1964-2015 Volume II offers a varied range of the entire palette of the composer: from the classics (My name is Nobody, La Cage aux Folles, The Harvests of Heaven), rarities (the TV movie soundtrack purple and black, never released on CD), absolutely unreleased tracks (the film version credits of the Clan of the Sicilians), many original soundtracks never reissued (In the line of sight, Hamlet, U Turn).
And finally a complete CD around songs and covers (Kyle Eastwood, Demis Roussos, Andrea Bocelli), including an original rereading ofOnce Upon a Revolution by Chassol and Love affair by Christian Gaubert.
To complete the whole, Clint Eastwood wrote the preface of the box. Who else but the “Man with No Name” from the you dollar trilogy could better evoke Ennio Morricone, the musician who accompanied many of his rides and duels that have remained legendary in the history of cinema?
The actor-director sums up the talent of the composer in a few words: “Image and music work together so well that when you see one you hear the other and vice versa.”
The true beauty of Ennio’s music lies in the eye of the beholder.Clint Eastwood
about Ennio Morricone
In this preface, Clint Eastwood recalls the good times spent with Morricone, as well as the fact of having welcomed him on stage for his Oscar of honor. And the taciturn cowboy confides: “We didn’t share as much time as I would have liked…but what I took away from our conversations was that he really was a good, smart man.”
The booklet offers the opportunity to John Boorman, Oliver Stone, Philippe Labro and Francis Girod to also tell their relationship with Morricone, through interviews collected by Stéphane Lerouge, designer of the collection. Listen to the movies!
Already during his lifetime, we sensed the imprint he would leave in the history of cinema with a capital HPhilippe Labro
about Ennio Morricone
This major composer, whose musical richness and artistic inventiveness are still being (re)discovered today, has always stood out for his innovative way at the time of mixing classical orchestras and instruments from pop culture and rock. But also by its sound effects and other immediately recognizable gimmicks.
This new box allows you to appreciate the essential references and at the same time to discover new works. In 2022, Ennio Morricone still remains unmistakably modern.
Ennio Morricone – Film Soundtracks 1964-2015 Volume II was released on January 7, 2022 (Universal)