The Seduction Of Piero Piccioni - Piero Piccioni

The Seduction Of Piero Piccioni
Piero Piccioni was a genuine original, one of Italy’s finest film composers in a golden age. Born in Turin in 1921, the son of Attilo Piccioni, who during the 1950s was Italy’s foreign minister, Piero Piccioni¹s work is characterised by playful arrangements and sumptuous melodies. From a jazzy musical upbringing came the scores to almost 100 often memorable Italian film scores; from a fantasy atmosphere for the fairytale romance “More Than A Miracle” (Cinderella Italian style) starring Omar Sharif and a delicious Sophia Loren (a box office smash in 1967 in America where the soundtrack album actually charted), to the balmy, refined bossa nova of “Escacco Alla Regina” (‘checkmate to the queen’) which features the sensational voice of Edda Dell’oro, to vivacious music from a quartet of spaghetti westerns, to three of the films made with his friend and long-time collaborator, the comedian Alberto Sordi, “An Italian in America”, ‘Il Medico Della Mutua’ (be sick, it¹s free!), a humorous and controversial social satire about Italy¹s disastrous health system, and the renowned “Fumo Di Londra” (‘Smoke Over London’) which alone combines shake, lush ballads and small-group Mediterranean psychedelia to dizzying effect. “Fumo Di Londra” is the epitomy of Italian pop-art. An aspiring John Steed style patrician, Mr Dante Fontana arrives in mid sixties London to indulge in the world of the English gentleman only to find everyone swinging and so embarks on any number of far-out adventures including a discotheque party, a Carnaby Street shopping spree and a scene in Richmond park. Of all Italian film music composers, Piero Piccioni is second only to Ennio Morricone in terms of popularity and with his own superb style and remarkable versatility is regarded by his many disciples as equally important. Inventive, futuristic jazz for science-fiction, moody orchestration and funk for gangster movies and political thrillers and sunny organ and wah-wah groovers for oddball sexcapades; no genre was beyond Piccioni’s range and this compilation, drawn from the vaults of the important Italian labels GDM and Cinevox, invites you to immerse yourself in his genius. Piero Piccioni died of a heart attack in July 2004
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Capriccio / Aspetto Ancora Un Giorno / Sognando La Tua Voce / Tema Del Principe Rodrigo (Alternate Version) / Amore In Fiore / Finale / Mr Dante Fontana / Abigaille / Richmond Bridge / Fortuna / Ebony Ride / Nolan Theme / Main Title / Cantina / Sycamore Trails (Instrumental) / Coming To The Point / Sycamore Trails (Vocal) / Il Dopolotta
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