PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863-1945): Rapsodia Satanica - Complete Film Score, NINO ROTA (1911-1979): Suite from the Film Il Gattopardo.
Catalogue Number: 09R007
Description: Normally film scores go on the back page of this catalogue but Mascagni’s is not a normal film score. It was fitted like a glove to the 1917 film of the same name to such an extent that reshooting was done to fit the movie to the music and contemporary reports tell us that the audience thought that they were hearing a symphonic poem with visual accompaniment rather than watching a movie with live orchestral accompaniment. The 45-minute film is basically Faust but with a female protagonist and Mascagni provided a suitably large-scale, operatically colorful score. Rota’s fabulous music for Visconti’s 1963 film was excerpted into suite form by Riccardo Muti. Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Frank Strobel.