Album: The Legend Of 1900: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Legend Of 1900: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Artist: Ennio Morricone
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Label: Sony

Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore billed The Legend of 1900 not as a film, but rather a fable. But crucially, it’s also that rare film whose musical score essentially involves one of its lead characters. Here, the great composer Ennio Morricone has concocted a score that’s as magical as Cinema Paradiso, the team’s previous musical watershed, yet gratifyingly disparate. Though Morricone takes many of his thematic cues from the rich, raucous music of the jazz age (including rags by Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin), he seamlessly fuses them with…

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Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore billed The Legend of 1900 not as a film, but rather a fable. But crucially, it’s also that rare film whose musical score essentially involves one of its lead characters. Here, the great composer Ennio Morricone has concocted a score that’s as magical as Cinema Paradiso, the team’s previous musical watershed, yet gratifyingly disparate. Though Morricone takes many of his thematic cues from the rich, raucous music of the jazz age (including rags by Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin), he seamlessly fuses them with his own pastoral neoclassicism and distinctly modern sensibilities. The result is a score whose philosophical kinship with The Mission is as alike as their music is wholly different—a masterful fusion of dissimilar elements in a compelling, new whole. While jazz purists may balk, Morricone devotees will be enraptured. Though his career has spanned 40 years and some 400 films, Il Maestro’s invention and playful exuberance once again seem both ageless and exhilarating. And if the closing song, “Lost Boys Calling” (with lyrics and vocals by Roger Waters and underwrought guitar solos by Eddie Van Halen), seems something of a loopy, last-minute record-company gambit, simply consider it an early entry for Canto Morricone, Vol. 5. —Jerry McCulley

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From Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the Academy Award-winning Cinema Paradiso, comes this magical fable of an extraordinary man who lives a remarkable life without setting foot on land. Abandoned atop a piano and raised by a lowly crew member in the bowels of a luxurious cruise ship, the boy is dubbed 1900 for the year he was born. As he grows up, he is drawn to the piano and discovers he has an amazing gift for creating music. The prodigy dazzles the passengers, and his reputation spreads around the world, with record producers clamoring to capture his magic. But he refuses to leave the ship to pursue promised fame and fortune. Only when he spots a beautiful girl on board does he become determined to join the outside world and live a normal life. But is that the life he really wants?

With a beautiful score by Academy Award nominee Ennio Morricone (Days of Heaven, The Untouchables) and heartfelt…[more]

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