Nino Rota: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Marzio Conti / Nino Rota

Nino Rota: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

June 30, 2009

Symphony

Best known for his scores for the Godfather trilogy and films by Federico Fellini, the composer's two numbered symphonies were virtually unknown until perhaps the turn of the century. They were written in the 1930s, when Rota was studying in Philadelphia on a scholarship. With performances by the Filarmonica '900 del Teatro Regio di Torino under Marzio Conti, both reflect the French neo-classic trends that flourished in the U.S. between the wars.

- James Manheim

Eliminator

ZZ Top

Eliminator

1983

Album Rock

Machine-driven blues rock made by unshaven dum dums sounded like the worst idea ever in 1983 and it still sounds that way 50 years later. Still, ZZ Top made it work because the songs were genius-level stupid, sneakily underplayed and catchier than beard lice.

- Tim Sendra