I recently got a copy of Ennio Morricone's score for Cinema Paradiso. However, I was a bit reluctant about getting it, as I had listened to some sample tracks and thought it was very boring fluff. Yet being normally curious, I came here and was surprised to find people commenting on it with phrases like "masterpiece!", "most beautiful and incredible music I've ever heard" or "internationally beloved." I was surprised as none of these words popped into my head when I listened to the few snippets that I heard. But you don't read such stunning, positive reviews everyday. At first, I had to force myself to listen all the way through. Yes, it was very melodic and orchestrated very well, but I just kept thinking how it seemed like stuff I'd heard a thousand times before. Then as I payed more attention to it, it hit me. Joe Hisaishi! It sounded almost exactly like the hyptonic melodies (the utterly simple and attractive melodies only great composers...
The soundtrack of Cinema Paradiso was practically a co-star in the wonderful film. Listening to the music brings back every frame of the film. I believe it is essential to own the soundtrack. There are times when I am viewing my video of the film, and I just want to enjoy the music. With this CD, I can do that. It is incredibly beautiful, unique, uplifting and heart-breaking music by the genius Ennio Morricone.
Ennio Morricone touches everyone's soul with this beautiful music he composed to go with the masterpiece of Italian director, Giuseppe Tornatore, Cinema Paradiso. The music goes with the story perfectly as a result of the scheme Tornatore and Morricone follow with the soundtracks to Tornatore's movies: the composer becomes involved very early in the process, almost as the script is being taken into the screenplay process, so as to make the music of the movie an integral component of it. And Cinema Paradiso is no exception to this: you can almost follow the story throughout the soundtrack... The love, the sadness, the desperation. It's one of those musical pieces that will last forever.
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