Piero Picconi

Cronaca di una Morte Annunicata

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Piero Piccioni's score for the 1987 Gabriel Garcia Marquez adaptation Cronaca di una Morte Annunicata (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) abandons the large-scale dramatics of the composer's most familiar work in favor of a more nuanced lyricism that wonderfully evokes the profound humanity of the source novel. Picconi's intimate melodies and atmospheric arrangements capture an emotional depth missing from his more dynamic scores -- it's a pleasure to experience the composer working against type and succeeding so completely. Saimel's superb CD reissue boasts a wealth of unreleased material, roughly doubling the running time of the original soundtrack.