The cover to the Morricone Concert Program on eBay until 2/20.
(Above) An amateur hand-held video of "The Ecstasy of Gold" from the Radio City concert. (Below) A professional live video of the same song from Munich in 2005.
Pushing 80, it seems Morricone would rather be appreciated for the classical music he has been composing for over 50 years than his over 400 TV and film soundtracks. His themes have become legendary signatures used by a variety of international directors with no end in sight (he has just signed on to Brian DePalma’s new Untouchables sequel), so perhaps his other compositions will be appreciated as much in the future.
Meanwhile, a new Morricone tribute album will be released this month with music by such diverse artists as Metallica, Yo Yo Ma and Celine Dion on a CD entitled “We All Love Ennio Morricone.” Click on the cover image for more information and to pre-order this future classic!
Also in New York, the Film Forum is running a Morricone Film Festival until February 22nd. Morricone also receives an long-deserved award at the Oscar ceremonies this year.
And of course, there is a Diabolikal Super-Kriminal konnection with Morricone: Besides both having Italian origins, Morricone co-composed and recorded a pop tune called “Saïda” for director Lucio Fulci’s film I due della legione straniera (1962) with Rosario Borelli, who went on to direct all of the Sadistik photo novels.
Check out all of Morricone's film contributions at imdb.com
Here's the set list for the Radio City Show:
ORCHESTRA Roma Sinfonietta
SOPRANO Susanna Rigacci
CHORUS The Canticum Novum Singers
PIANO Gilda Buttà
OBOE Carlo Romano
LA VITA E LA LEGGENDA
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
Deborah’s Theme – Poverty – Once Upon a Time in America
The Legend of ‘900
NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO
THE MODERNITY OF MYTH IN SERGIO LEONE’S CINEMA
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – THE ECSTASY OF GOLD
VITTIME DI GUERRA
ABOLISSON from QUEMADA
IL CLAN DEI SICILIANI
METTI UNA SERA A CENA
UNO CHE GRIDA AMORE
ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN