Released 19/07/10. Maestro Nino Rota is best known for the seventeen film soundtracks he
composed for the great Italian director Federico Fellini.
These date from The White Sheik in 1952 to The Orchestra Rehearsal twenty-seven years later. Along the way the composer and director forged a singular creative partnership, capturing the absurdities and romances of Italian provincial life, of the circus and the street parade, of nightclubs and cafes, complimented by that indefinably nostalgic quality that is so characteristic of Rota¹s work.
To Fellini, Nino Rota contributed scores for such masterpieces of European cinema as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Fellini Roma, Amarcord and Casanova, but his greatest international success came in 1972 with the music he created for Francis Ford Coppola¹s The Godfather.
Rota’s soundtrack for Coppola’s epic would prove to be one of the most enduringly popular in film history, but there was also controversy; Rota's score being removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees when it was discovered that he had used the theme in Eduardo De Filippo's 1958 comedy Fortunella, and therefore the music for The Godfather was deemed ineligible for an Oscar. Curiously, Rota’s music for the sequel, The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Oscar for best original score, although it featured the very same love theme that disqualified the 1972 entry.
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I Lo Sceicco Bianco (The White Sheik) / I Vitelloni (The Big Loafers) / La Strada (The Road) - Tema della strada / "E' arrivato Zampanò!" / Gelsomina / La Trattoria / Il bambino malato / I tre suonatori -Le Processione / Il matto sul filo / Il viaggio continua / IL BIDONE (The Swindle) - Il Bidone / La Moglie del Bidonista / Il Tesoro Nascosto / Coimbra / In Viaggio per un Bidone / Al Cinema / Cara Bambina / Ballerina Night / L'ultimo Bidone / Le Notti Di Cabiria (The Nights of Cabiria) - Le notti di Cabiria / Donne di vita (Mambo di Cabiria) / Via Verneto -Il divo / Il pellegrinaggio / Pic-nic al Davino Amore / L'illusionista / FORTUNELLA - Buongiorno, Fortunella / Signore E Signori, Comprate Da Fortunella / A Letto Quella Non La Voglio / Melodia Per Fortunella / Nella Villa