|Deluxe 2-disc box set remastered in Dolby Surround. Limited edition imported from Italy!
CAM's two CD collection, 'Tutto Fellini', is an utter treat for all fans of Italian film music and particularly fans of Nino Rota who worked with Federico Fellini for more than 25 years. One of the greatest Italian film directors ever, Federico Fellini is probably best know internationally for La Dolce Vita, La Strada and Armacord. This beautifully produced and digitally remastered two CD collection is based on CAM's previous issue, but is still one of the most fitting tributes to both Rota and Fellini.
The first CD is almost exclusively Nino Rota scores, but opens with Felice Lattuada's crazy, comic music from Luci Del Varieta. The first of the thirteen Nino Rota themes on the first disc, Lo Sceicco Bianco, incorporates many of his signature effects, rip-roaring trumpets, sweeping violins and virtuoso piano. The light airy theme with a touch of jazz from I Vitelloni is also by Nino Rota. The light Bossa Nova - style theme for L'Amore In Citta, by Mario Nascimbene is untypical of the composer's work, but great fun. The remaining cues on Disc One demonstrate Nino Rota's versatility and complexity, often many time in the same cue. Music for La Strada demonstrates deep compassion and comedy, while I Clowns graphically portrays the slapstick nature of circus life and La Dolce Vita shows how a quirky theme can be woven in lots of different moods. Among the other brilliant themes included in this selection are Il Bidone, Boccaccio '70, Fellini Satyricon, Giuliette Delgli Spiriti and Roma. All are thoroughly entertaining and include many romantic and poignant themes along with some spectacular Italian gad-about music.
The second CD contains three further cues from Nini Rota including the wonderfully cheery Armacord and the emotional, romantic and at times bizarre Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini. The third magnificent score is from Prova D'Orchestra and really gives the orchestra a hard work-out. The beautiful jazz score from La Citta' Delle Donne is from Luis Bacalov and is a real pleasure with some wonderful piano work. Gianfranco scored the music for Fellini's film E La Nave Va with a distinctive eastern European flavour enhanced by some manic violin playing, but the track also includes some deep, poignant Brahms style piano. The last three cues are from Nicola Piovani scored films; the dance orientated Astaire and Rogers melodies rolled into the composer's music from Ginger E Fred, the saloon bar piano theme for Intervista and the French café sound of La Voce Della Luna.
The lavish 64-page booklet deserves a mention, with its illustrations of stills posters, paintings and even a postage stamp related to Fellini's films, but is understandably narrated in Italian. Obviously this collection is a superb tribute to Nino Rota, as well as Federico Fellini, but is above all a tribute to Italian film music. These CDs will happily find a place of pride in any collection, but will particularly appeal to these interested in European cinema of the Fifties through to the Eighties.