LP0396. Fellini's 8 1/2 - Soundtrack to Nino Rota's 1963 Film Score. RCA International black label stereo FSO 6,
(Black label with silver and white print, red circular logo. 'Living Stereo' in silver at bottom). [An excellent, extremely slightly used copy.] Back of jacket very slightly waterstained.
“One of a handful of masterful films Fellini made during the '60s, including LA DOLCE VITA, GIULLIETTA DELGI SPIRITI, and SATYRICON, 1963's ‘8 ½’ is arguably the director's best work and one of the high points of 20th century cinema. Eschewing many traditional narrative devices, Fellini presents his biographical portrait through a prismatic and fantastical series of flashbacks and ‘real time’ scenes, both professional and personal in content. As usual, his longtime musical collaborator, Nino Rota, substantially enhances the dreamy proceedings with a music hall melange of jazz, classical, lounge, and circus music. By way of his usual and seamless stylistic shifts, Rota moves the Sousaesque main title theme through a mix of operatic interludes, cabaret swing, polka romps, and organ combo ditties - often in the space of one number. While done in less dramatic fashion, Rota similarly stretches out the bouncy and self-explanatory ‘Carlotta's Galop’ theme, even pairing it on one piece with Wagner's ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ and a lively, Edith Piaf-inspired vocal. On the same high level of Rota's other popular Fellini soundtracks, ‘8 ½’ works both as an essential soundtrack title and an optimal first-disc choice for newcomers.”
- Stephen Cook, allmusic.com
“Giovanni ‘Nino’ Rota was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola's GODFATHER trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for THE GODFATHER Part II (1974). During his long career Rota was an extraordinarily prolific composer, especially of music for the cinema. He wrote more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979 - an average of three scores each year over a 46-year period, and in his most productive period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s he wrote as many as ten scores every year, and sometimes more, with a remarkable thirteen film scores to his credit in 1954. Alongside this great body of film work, he composed ten operas, five ballets and dozens of other orchestral, choral and chamber works, the best known being his string concerto.”