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Baarìa by Ennio Morricone (Review)

posted Sep 13, 2010, 9:33 AM by Kaya Savas

In my eyes (and ears) Ennio Morricone is the best film composer to have ever lived. Every single score he does is a brilliant masterpiece and showcase of what humans are capable of creating out of thin air. The way he uses music to tell stories is second to none. No other composer has a body of work like Morricone either. He is iconic in every sense of the word and has defined genres in ways most people don't even realize. What surprises me most is that 82 he is still as busy as ever. Every time I listen to a score by him I see it as an honor because it's truly remarkable.
With Baarìa Morricone embodies everything that is his style and crafts a subtle overture of emotions to tell the story of Giuseppe Tornatore's autobiographical story. This is also a continuing collaboration between the director and Morricone including past films such as The Legend Of 1900, Cinema Paradiso and Malèna.

This score doesn't go over the top yet still commands such a presence and elegance. The track "Ribellione" is pure Morricone and is actually a reincarnation of a track he composed many many years ago. If anyone is familiar with Allonsanfan and the track "Rabbia E Tarantella" then they should enjoy what Morricone is doing here. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then I urge you to look up the two tracks and listen. In fact Tarantino used "Rabbia E Tarantella" as his end credits music for Inglorious Basterds. Anyway, the rest of the score transports us right to Italy with its arrangements and lush use of strings. The track "Un Gioco Sereno" is probably one of my favorite Morricone cues ever. It's almost an Italian waltz if that makes any sense. The score has some grand tracks but in the end comes to gentle and emotional close.

From starting his career with Sergio Leone and composing some of the best scores of all time to being able to still compose with that intensity is something special. Another brilliant thing is that Morricone composes his scores with a pencil and paper. He doesn't fool around with instruments and play out tunes. He writes it and that in turn becomes the music you hear. This score was released last year in Italy and Silva Screen is just now releasing it here in the states. So, if you held off from importing the score because of the price now is your chance to experience it.