Cinema paradiso

As a change from the Rite of Gran visits York and Li Manshan, I do hope you know Cinema paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988), and its soundtrack. Morricone’s* music comes into its own in the overwhelming final sequence—not merely sentimental but a triumph over prurient censorship. You really have to watch the film all the way through—but hey, here goes:

Even in concert, the Big Tune is irresistible—all the more so with violin playing like this, from a 2011 Prom:

In the right hands, it would sound great on the erhu too.

 

* Actually, it being a father–son collaboration, I should perhaps write Morricones’—hmm.

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