Una Bara Per Lo Sceriffo

Bar_ per_sceriffo_CDCR95

Out of all the compact discs that BEAT have thus far released in this series of the western scores of Maestro De Masi, I must say I think this is one of the best and probably the one I am most fond of. Why? Well, because it has that undeniable De Masi sound to it. As soon as the disc starts, one knows it is De Masi, and it is also a score which entertains throughout, with simple themes that delight and music which haunts the listener. The central theme in particular is so unforgettable whether this be in its instrumental or vocal versions. De Masi was a master at fusing the styles that we associate with the Hollywood western score with those that are akin to the Spaghetti western soundtrack. He utilized the conventional orchestration which we had become used to within American produced movies and integrated these with the more quirky and slightly more modern sounds that have now become recognized as the standard sound of the Italian western soundtrack. For example track five, begins with a dramatic orchestral stab that leads into a romantic sounding string passage but this leads to an up-tempo galloping version of the main theme. “A Lone and Angry Man”, with strings, carries the composition along briskly, punctuated and accompanied by electric guitar, interspersed with percussion, timpani and brass –all lending themselves to the proceedings effectively. So here we have the romanticism of the Hollywood score combined with the slightly more unconventional components of the Italian western score. It’s a combination which, in the hands of a composer such as De Masi, works wonderfully. This fusing of styles carries on throughout the work and the composer brings into play solo trumpet cues, choir, lazy sounding harmonica renditions of the central theme and solo guitar performances. This is a feast for fans of western soundtracks all over the world, whether they favour the Hollywood style or the Italian method. As I have said, this is one of my favourite De Masi soundtracks and I welcome this release with open arms. Again great sound, eye catching art work and fantastic notes by the composer’s son Filippo. Recommended


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