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The Essential Nino Rota Film Music Collection

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The Essential Nino Rota Film Music Collection Review

by William Ruhlmann

Reynold da Silva's Silva Records specializes in re-recordings of film music employing the (presumably low-cost) Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The label has released several albums dominated by the music of Italian composer Nino Rota -- The Godfather Trilogy 30th Anniversary 1, 2 & 3, Romeo & Juliet, Fellini Rota -- and this compilation draws from those earlier discs in an attempt to survey Rota's work across two CDs. The first one is devoted to Rota's more Hollywood-oriented writing, including music from The Taming of the Shrew, The Glass Mountain, Romeo & Juliet, Death on the Nile, The Godfather, and The Godfather II. This is some of Rota's best-known work, with his love themes from Romeo & Juliet and The Godfather, as well as his "Waltz" from The Godfather, among the most readily recognizable of film music from the 1970s. Rota's work here is lush, melodic, and often stately. His Romeo & Juliet music, for example, has a real Renaissance feel without being strictly authentic. The second disc draws from Rota's extensive partnership with Italian director Federico Fellini, and it is far more varied, with comic, jazz, and even circus elements to accompany everything from the humorous reminiscence of Italian youth that is I Vitelloni to the phantasmagoric Fellini Satyricon. A large chunk of Rota's work is found here, though there are also omissions, notably War and Peace and The Leopard, scores that did not fit into the concepts for the albums from which this compilation was assembled.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Taming of the Shrew, film score
1 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 04:22 SpotifyAmazon
The Glass Mountain, film score
2 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Mario Klemens 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
Romeo and Juliet, film score
3 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 05:31 Amazon
4 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 02:07 Amazon
5 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 01:59 SpotifyAmazon
6 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
7 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Nic Raine 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
Death on the Nile, film score
8 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Mario Klemens 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
The Godfather, film score
9 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 03:43
10 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 02:43
The Godfather, Part 2, film score
11 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 04:18
12 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Paul Bateman 04:14 Amazon
Giulietta degli Spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits), film score
13 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 07:20 SpotifyAmazon
La Dolce Vita, film score
14 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 07:22

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Histoires Extraordinaires: Toby Dammit, film score
1 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Mario Klemens 03:38
Lo Sceicco Bianco, film score
2 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 02:48
8 1/2, film score
3 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 05:14
I Vitelloni, film score
4 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 03:03
Il Bidone (The Swindle), film score
5 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 04:50
Le Notte di Cabiria, film score
6 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 06:11
Boccaccio '70, part of film score
7 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 01:28
Fellini's Satyricon, film score
8 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 03:05
The Clowns, film score
9 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 04:23
Roma, film score
10 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 03:52
Amarcord, film score
11 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 05:12
Casanova, film score
12 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 03:27
Prova d'orchestra, film score
13 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 04:03
La Strada (The Road), film score
14 Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feat: Derek Wadsworth 06:39
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