ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE (Tis, pity she’s a whore)

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Originally issued on a two LP set back in 1971, which also featured Morricone’s score to INCONTRO, this is the first ever CD releases of this near forgotten Morricone score, again it is Digit movies that we have to thank for locating and restoring this soundtrack from the vaults of CAM records in Italy.

ORIGINAL ALBUM ART WORK.
ORIGINAL ALBUM ART WORK.

Poignant, emotional, highly lyrical and totally mesmerizing is the way in which I would like to describe Ennio Morricone’s, gracious and romantically laced score to ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE (Tis, pity she’s a whore). The opening track is certainly a very good example of what we can expect from the remainder of the score, Giovanni and Annabelle is a theme that is filled with all the mixed emotions that one associates with love, happiness, sadness, hurt, tinges of melancholy but above all devotion and tenderness. This is a delicate tone poem performed at the outset by solo woodwind, enhanced and supported by underlying or layered strings as only Morricone can provide, and solo violin that are underscored by harp. The theme gradually builds with the string section becoming stronger as it progresses. The composer also adds subtle flourishes from harpsichord, that further embelish and punctuate the strings and wood wind, the composition then returns to solo woodwind and comes to its conclusion as it began. Track number two FRATE BONAVENTURA is also a fairly low key sounding composition, strings again are used in predominance, along with wood wind and harpsichord, and at first we hear little interludes of chorale backing, which after a while become more pronounced and at times overpower slightly the strings. I must admit that I personally think that this is one of the Maestro,s most lovely sounding scores, its subtle but strong expressive themes being attractive, haunting and highly sensitive. Track number three IL MIO MONDO CON LEI ERA PERFETTO, too features wood wind as its main solo instrument, this time supported by a lightly strummed guitar, which adds depth to the cue. So overall, this is a jewel of a soundtrack, a beautiful and lyrical work that will be welcomed by any real fan of Ennio Morricone, and also a score that once listened to will be returned too on many occasions. Highly recommended.

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