An outstanding career for over 50 years and almost 400 scores would be quite enough to size up the unfathomable greatness of an artist such as Ennio Morricone. Numbers are just details, nothing can be compared with the quality of his stunning work and the intense feelings given to his audience through recordings, performances and films.
When in December 2006, Sid Ganis, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced that the Maestro would be given the Oscar for the career achievement, it was just the final missing patch to the status of being acknowledged as a living legend.
Cinedelic Records in Italy surprises us now with an outstanding book, including a CD, Morricone Awards, about the musical life of Ennio Morricone.
Over 60 pages of this hard cover book are filled with the complete discography of Ennio Morricone and many original record jackets, film posters and photos from the movies for which he has written the music. It's a real pleasure to see all those welknown, and sometimes unknown, records sleeves, posters, lobby cards and movie stills.
The companying CD is a mix of his scores from throughout his career. To name a few: La Califfa, Barbableu, the theme of The Mission, of course the theme melodies of C'era Una Volta Il West and Céra Una Volta In America. Other famous music that can be found on the CD: Queimada, Cinema Paradiso, Il Prato and Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore.