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Offline john mansell

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« on: September 24, 2011, 11:13:43 pm »
IL CONSIGLIORI
MUSIC BY RIZ ORTOLANI
CHRIS’S SOUNDTRACK CORNER.CSC009.
RUNNING TIME 44 mins 41 secs.
RATING ****
REVIEW BY JOHN MANSELL.

Composer Riz Ortolani has been associated with numerous European/Italian and also American made movies. His style of composition lends itself well particularly to the genre of the romantic variety, but also he has penned a number of films scores that are certainly hard hitting for movies such as THE VALACHI PAPERS, DAY OF ANGER, THE GLORY GUYS, DAYS OF FURY, THE 7TH DAWN, THE Mc KENZIE BREAK,BATTLE FOR ANZIO and THE HUNTING PARTY to name a handful of examples. The composers career began in 1954 with LA VACANZE DEL SOR CLEMENTE but it was not until 1962 that Ortolani was thrust into the limelight with his score and also the haunting and popular theme for MONDO CANE entitled MORE. Ortolani was one of the very few Italian or European composers from the silver age of film music that managed to work outside of his native Italy and become successful.  He was called upon by numerous directors and filmmakers to enhance their films with his beguiling and attractive themes and although at times his scores were a little sparing in quantity the composer made up for this in the quality department. IL CONSIGLIORI (1973) aka COUNSELOR AT CRIME was directed by Alberto de Martino (Blazing Magnum) and starred Heavy weight American actor Martin Balsam  who played a ruthless San Francisco mob boss Don Maggadino and popular Italian actor Tomas Milian who is Maggadino‘s lawyer or Consigliori. The movie is a prime example of Italy’s Poliziotti genre and contains a couple of terrific car chases and some great visuals of San Francisco and also Sicily. Ortolani fashioned a score that works on a number of levels and includes a particularly relaxing and haunting central theme (Tomas Theme) which is in many ways similar to his main theme for THE VALACHI PAPERS, the composer utilising to great effect the string section of the orchestra to create a simple yet enduring and bittersweet sound that has now become associated with the Maestro. The theme can be heard throughout the score, but it surfaces in varying arrangements or as part of another cue creating a continuity to the work. The composer also employs a more laid back lounge or jazz influenced style within the work which for the most part is low key and basically could be used as a background to a dinner party but none the less these interludes are pleasant and also welcomed. Then there is the more dramatic and slightly atonal style that the composer adds to the mix as in Track number 2, THE ADVISOR which begins in an almost sinister style but then launches into an upbeat pop led piece. Again this is a composition that is repeated at various stages of the score. 
One particular cue that I think stands out is track number 11,PUPI SICILIANI, and although it is downbeat and even mournful to a degree it also posses an lilting and near romantic attraction to it. This is an interesting release and one that I know will be welcomed by Euro Score collectors, packaged well with informative notes.  :D

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Re: beat soundtracks licensed to chris's soundtrack corner...
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2011, 09:21:15 am »
Thanks John!

That's great news....

I even wrote before on BEAT forum that i need this on CD, because LP is available, so, it's easily to make CD....

And o wrote thousand times.......... that VALACHI's theme absolutely similar to IL CONSIGLIORI, moreover... there is UNRELEASED TV score for BRIDE OF VIOLENCE/ DONNA D'ONORE - 1991.

Main theme is wonderful and also similar to the VALACHI and TOMAS Themes.........

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 10:06:35 am »
Thanks John!

That's great news....

I even wrote before on BEAT forum that i need this on CD, because LP is available, so, it's easily to make CD....

And o wrote thousand times.......... that VALACHI's theme absolutely similar to IL CONSIGLIORI, moreover... there is UNRELEASED TV score for BRIDE OF VIOLENCE/ DONNA D'ONORE - 1991.

Main theme is wonderful and also similar to the VALACHI and TOMAS Themes.........



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