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Soundtrack review: Correspondence (la corespondenza) (Ennio Morricone – 2016)

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“The Correspondence” (La Corespondenza) is an upcoming 2016 English-language Italian romantic film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It stars Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko in lead roles. The story is Focused on the relationship between an astronomer and his lover, who spend their years apart. A Giuseppe Tornatore film means a gift for all soundtrack lovers: a brand new Ennio Morricone score. A third new original score from the Maestro in three months; what joyous times we are living! 87 years old he’s nominated for an Academy Award this year for “The hateful eight” and still going strong.

The first two cues make up 20 minutes; they play like long suites and the first one, “La casa sul lago” seems to incorporate the decades of collaboration between director and composer. I feel nostalgia for Cinema Paradiso and other timeless classics Morricone penned for Tornatore movies. Just these days a trailer surfaced for a documentary about the maestro, directed by Tornatore. That’s how deep their relationship is. This opening cue is nothing but the piano painting a scenery of a calm lake. “The house of the lake” couldn’t be more fitting as a title for how this piece sounds. I just imagine myself sitting on a porch, relaxing and looking at the calm lake.

This was just a prelude to the even more magical second cue “Una stella, milliardi di stele”. I never thought I could hear Morricone write a cue which could sit very well on a Brian Eno or Philip Glass minimalistic album. This is the kind of dreamy, melodic and repetitive suite that I grew up on when I was getting into ambient music. Ennio’s music moves slower these days but it’s oh so wonderful… I could listen to this cue forever. I could fall asleep on it, dream on it, and fantasize on it.

Electric guitar is not something I’m used to hearing on a Morricone score and yet he experiences with this as well. I’m feeling Mike Oldfield vibes now and it’s amazing how this composer can conjure all the instrumental music gods I grew up with. This score sounds like an atmospheric compilation from the 80s and I couldn’t be happier. This score is a time machine and Ennio isn’t afraid to remind us of his earlier works as well. “Stunt” girl makes me think of his best police chase cues. Each piece of music from “The correspondence” is a treasure I am grateful for.

Ennio Morricone is in a state of grace. It’s amazing to me how he can still write such beautiful and meaningful music and we are lucky to have him still so inspired and in love with film music. More importantly he composes in a fresh sound and I marvel at how much I love this score. Please, do yourselves a favor and listen to it. This is film music at its best. This is poetry. Tell a friend who doesn’t usually listen to film music to give this one a try and you’ll make him or her a believer.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 65 / 65

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

La Casa Sul Lago

Una Stella, Miliardi Di Stelle

Improvvisazione In Sol

Stuntgirl

Due Camere In Hotel

La Corrispondenza

Una Storia Nella Storia

Il Ritorno Di Una Stella

L’infinito Spazio

Una Luce Spenta

Parabola Astratta

Calco

Veloce Corsa

Il Cane Simpatico

Invenzione Breve

Disperata Chitarra

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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