Ennio Morricone: Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra

Marco Serino, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Andrea Morricone

Ennio Morricone: Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra
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Ennio Morricone: Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra

Marco Serino, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Andrea Morricone

For twenty years Marco Serino was Ennio Morricone’s violinist, the soloist on his film soundtracks and on world tours where they were reworked for the concert hall.

In January 2020, after what proved to be his last public concert, at the Italian Senate in Rome, Morricone finished the transcription of this magnificent and unpublished collection, which recasts the themes of his most famous scores in suites transcribed for violin and orchestra. The work was carried out in close collaboration with Marco Serino and dedicated to him as a fruit of the artistic partnership between the two men.

The collection alternates between pieces already performed in concert and others that are heard in this version for the first time. A year and a half after the composer’s death, this extraordinary document, a testimony to friendship and professional esteem, now becomes a recording project with the collaboration of Andrea Morricone, the composer’s son, who conducts the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento.

Review

Sometimes when you listen to an album you get the feeling the musicians are trying to tell you something. Using the emotional pulls of music, without words to help, musicians send out their message to us. I normally listen through albums at least once without any research to just hear the music, feel the phrasing and, without preconceived ideas, try to understand the music.

As I listened to the orchestral suites on this album, I could feel the musicians were so fully invested in the pieces that occasional slips were occurring. It felt as if they were investing every emotion they had into this music. When I did my research afterwards, I realised why the spirit was so strong. This album was produced only 18 months after Morricone’s death by his long-time collaborator, violinist Marco Serino, and by Morricone’s son, Andrea Morricone. The grief is still there and can be heard through each note.While some of these works have been heard before, all the suites were arranged by Ennio Morricone for Serino, and I think being conducted by Andrea Morricone brings a new frisson to this album that has not been heard before.

Ennio Morricone was a genius of our time and the world will rightfully remember his music for a long time to come.


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