Sunday, July 8, 2007
Soundtrack #2: Stay As You Are (Ennio Morricone)
Film fans know that when they see, "Music by Ennio Morricone" at the beginning of a film that they are in for something special. So it should come as no surprise that one of the best soundtracks in Nastassja's filmography is Morricone's striking and lovely score for STAY AS YOU ARE.
From the haunting opening strains of the title track to the astonishing trumpet solos by Oscar Valdrambini, Morricone's score compliments STAY AS YOU ARE perfectly.
The eleven track lp is one of Ennio's most romantic works and while vocalist Edda Dell'Orso is sorely missed, the album contains a handful of tracks that would fit very nicely on any Romantic themed Morricone collection. Chief among these are the two versions of A NASTASSIA, which are a bit reminiscent of his astonishing LA DONNA INVISIBLE score from a decade earlier, both featuring the aforementioned trumpet work of Valdrambini.
PRELUDIO D'AMORE and POSTLUDIO D'AMORE are really haunting tracks with their choir vocals, light keyboard work and Trumpet solos. Among the album's strangest tracks are DANCE ON and SPAZIO, which are both soaring and funky discofied tracks that are completely different in tone from the rest of the album. The short closing track, VERSO MADRID, is among my favorite of Morricone's love themes and it is an absolutely beauty to hear.
Morricone's soundtrack to STAY AS YOU ARE, listed under it's original title COSI COME SEI, is not one of his easiest albums to track down. Originally released to coincide with the film in 1978, it re-appeared on a Belgium cd in the nineties and has since slipped out of print. Copies fetch pretty hefty prices on ebay but it is an essential album for fans of Morricone and Nastassja. A download of this lovely and haunting album is available at the astonishing Morricone Lover blog for those who can't locate an original.