Cabiria e il ragioniere - Fra Giovanni - Sulla Strada
Fra 15 giorni ci sposiamo
Ma La Vita Continua - Finale
Hasty and uncaring release for a special "Centenary Limited Edition" with numerous mistakes in the titles: - Track A3: E' arrivato zampan! - Track A6: Solitudine di gelsomina - Track A9: Zampan e la vedova - Track B7: Zampan abbandona gelsomina - Track B8: Zampan sulla spiaggia - Finale - Track D6: Tra 15 giorni ci cposiamo
Le Chant Du Monde 2020 Release CM74307879 Centenary Limited Edition
The score to Frederico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada was composed by Nino Rota. Its main theme recurs throughout the film being played by the characters, firstly on violin then on trumpet. Fellini initially wanted to use a soundtrack by Arcangelo Corelli which he played on tape whilst filming. Rota wasn’t particularly on board with this idea so wrote his own piece that was rhythmically identical to match the on screen movements. Rota’s final score included parts that were reminiscent to Larghetto from Dvořák's Opus 22 Serenade for Strings in E major.
This is truly lovely. I've been looking to own this version on vinyl for ages. It might sound flat to some, but It truly reminisces the original sound of the films and other original Rota releases. His complex spirit lays sometimes in these messy, warped parts, that's the beauty and human side to this release. Like a real band of raw Fellini characters could be playing. Whereas some modern adaptations of Rota became too clean and cheesy, almost like elevator music. This version keeps the humor and true emotion alive and makes listening to this record always a moving experience. I'm quite convinced they used this release as source material, and maybe chopped it up here and there to fit the wax. https://www.discogs.com/Nino-Rota-La-Strada-Le-Notti-Di-Cabiria/master/1135470
That's the down side of this release, it feels It feels indeed a bit hastily. The back cover is full of grammatical errors. Track A11 just cuts of before finishing, in the middle of C3 the volume just drops, like somebody is switching down the volume, and C6 seems unfinished. There are also some questionable fades clearly added, compared to the original recording.
The cover is sweet, but misses the joyous complexity of the two films, used in some other releases, and it even forgets to mention Nights of Cabiria, which still occupies the mayor part of this release. The back has some random Fellini quote, whatever, nothing to do with the music, Rota or the themes of the films.
Again thrilled to own this on wax. There is no better version of this legendary, and underrated piece of film music. A true pity it was a bit mistreated just like Gelsomina was. So, genius music in my opinion, but if you just want the music, buy the cd.