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Franco Battiato - Musiche Per Il Film Su Benvenuto Cellini CD (album) cover


Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.29 | 7 ratings

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3 stars Not totally unexpected, the movie soundtrack is a good place for Battiato. His early music was highly imaginative and he is free to put his impressions into the music without having to take care of what his label wants.

The movie is inspired to the life of the jeweller Benvenuto Cellini, lived during the Renaissance and the only one person in the history able to escape from the prison of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, where his cell can still be visited.

Battiato has enough classical background to be able to compose music appropriate enough to comment a Renaissance story. The tracks are very short, as each of them is made just to comment a movie scene, but all together can be listened to as a single suite which sounds mainly as classical music except some short moments more avantgarde.

I have the impression that Battiato wasn't thinking to a release of this soundtrack. The track titles have just the name of the scene they are commenting so the tracklist is like a note on a sheet. In this environment, a track like "La Figlia", even if perfectly included in the suite, deserves a mention as it's more krautrock than classical.

A good instrumental album. It's not essential, but it's here to demonstrate the composing skill of Franco Battiato, totally outside of his pop hits, between his early electronic/avant period and the classical influences already shown with Genesis and ready to come with the big opera Gilgamesh.

3.5 stars

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