Label: MCA Records - MCAD-10232 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Classical, Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Theme, Score, Classical
The Godfather proved to be a sensational critical success and cash cow for Paramount Studio. That there would be a sequel was a foregone conclusion, and studio executives planned to capitalize quickly. Francis Ford Coppola desired to produce, not direct the film, however Remember Vito Andolini - Nino Rota / Carmine Coppola - The Godfather returned grudgingly to the franchise as director after the studio rejected his selection of Martin Scorsese to replace him as director.
It may be one of the finest sequels ever made; one that most critics believe surpassed its original. Most interesting is the fact that the film serves as both a prequel, and a sequel for The Godfather, and as such it offers parallel story lines: one which picks up the story of Michael Corleone, Don of the Corleone crime family who is determined to protect his business and family in the aftermath of the failed assassination on his life, while the prequel explores the journey of his father Vito Corleone from their ancestral homeland of Sicily, to the re-establishment of the family in New York City.
We bear witness to the truly ugly and sordid nature of organized crime with its assassinations, treachery, and betrayal, juxtaposed to traditional Sicilian cultural traditions of familial love and honor. The film is a modern tragedy where we see that violence begets more violence with the Corleone family ultimately undone not from outside forces, but instead from within. Nino Rota had written a magnificent score for the first film, which suffered the misfortunate of having its Academy Part II Nomination revoked when the Academy discovered that he had interpolated themes from his scores for Daniele Cortis FortunellaThe Clownsand the concert piece Mysterium Catholicum This error would not be repeated in The Godfather II.
His instrument choices from the first film were also carried over to articulate traditional Sicilian auras including the mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Joining the three themes from the first film are three additional themes Rota created for this latest effort.
The first of these is a theme for the ages, one that earns Rota immortality, The Immigrant Theme. But Rota succeeds here, he captures our hearts, and we are powerless to resist. She is held captive, helpless, and powerless to change the fortunes of her family. Rota informs us of this with a line of descending notes, which abound with an unabiding sadness and resignation. The third theme is the Sicilian Theme, a festive identity, which emotes with the sensibility of a traditional Sicilian dance, the Tarentella.
As we pan out for a shot of the faces of his fellow passengers, the Immigrant Theme so full of hope, bursts forth with all is sumptuous glory as they pass by the statue of liberty.
As he is screened on Ellis Island, the Godfather Waltz carries his progress. What a splendid film opening. Rota offers another score highlight where we bear witness to a splendid rendering of her dance-like theme. How Rota transfers articulation of the melody from Remember Vito Andolini - Nino Rota / Carmine Coppola - The Godfather violin, to oboe, to flute, to piano, to longing saxophone, and muted trumpet is masterful.
But a hail of machine gun fire through the windows, a brazen assassination attempt, shatters the idyllic moment. Vito thanks him for being like a father to him and they hug.
Rota offers various woodwind voices emoting the Immigrant Theme, with sumptuous string adornment. When strings take up the theme the music is breath taking.
At we shift darkly to a new rendering of the theme and mandolin and harpsichord. The mobster forces him to aid in a break-in and steal the carpet. Rota introduces the festive Sicilian Bully For You - Cousin Kevin* - Bully For You, with contrapuntal statements of The Immigrant Theme on lush violins.
A comedic statement of the Sicilian Theme by bassoon and tuba offers a most interesting and entertaining juxtaposition. When Don Fanucci Part II him work in his employ, Vito sees opportunity and accepts the offer.
Vito knows that Fanucci believes himself to be untouchable in the community, and so travels unprotected by bodyguards.
Vito breaks into his home, grabs a pistol he has plant ed, and when inside the residence, viciously guns down Don Fanucci in cold blood. Rota scores the aftermath of the murder, which features The Godfather Waltz.
Rota however reveals her true feelings with a tragic statement of her theme, which closes the piece. Coppola supports the return with a festive march abounding in Italian auras. Vito has returned to Corleone to avenge the death of Alive (8 Track Demo) - Oasis - Oasis father, mother and brother Paolo by the now aged and frail Don Ciccio. Rota offers beautiful statements of the Love Theme by solo piccolo, flute and florid strings.
When it joins in a sumptuous communion with the Immigrant Theme we are swept away. He pretends to honor Don Ciccio who asks his paternal family name, when he replies, Andolini, he pulls out a knife and brutally guts him. This marriage of film narrative, acting and music is stunning! We close as we began with the Grandfather Waltz.
I Fat Slut - Tori Amos - American Doll Posse to review the original soundtrack album in my collection, as there are no new or digital re-recordings. It is an AAD version; as such the sound quality does not measure up to current digital recordings. It was however more than good enough to enjoy this exceptional score. Rota builds upon the beauty of his Godfather score, with this new effort, which offers an exceptional listening experience.
This score is in my judgment a masterpiece, fully deserving of its Academy award, and one that is essential Afterlife - Wish For Wings - Afterlife your collection. Music composed by Nino Rota.
Conducted by Carmine Coppola. Orchestrations by Nino Rota. Additional music by Carmine Coppola. Edited by George Brand. Score produced by Nino Rota. You are commenting using Kathleens Favoriet - K3 - Alle Kleuren .En Meer!
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