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Sostiene Pereira
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Ennio Morricone
Label: Caldera
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 07 December 2020

Caldera Records present Ennio Morricone’s music for Roberto Faenza’s film Sostiene Pereira. When Antonio Tabucchi’s novel Sostiene Pereira was published in 1994, it became an immediate literary sensation. The novel’s leading character is the titular Pereira, a newspaper editor who is responsible for compiling the paper’s cultural pages. However, Pereira is not interested in publishing his political views. If all of Portugal was out on the streets demonstrating against the government, Pereira would quietly sit at home and read a good book. He is not a supporter but an enabler. His political reluctance is challenged when he meets a young man named Rossi. Pereira’s life soon changes radically...

Ennio Morricone delivers another notable score, this time for the 1995 movie Sostiene Pereira. He worked with Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes to record the song 'A brisa do coração', the theme to which appears several times in the film and two vocal versions are available on this soundtrack.

The album contains 12 tracks (45 min, 49 sec). It has plenty of music cue moments, like the percussion introduction to 'Il Simbolo', which might not win many fans. But even these pieces are building to something more interesting further in the score and the slow build makes the payoff worth the wait.

Morricone shifts and changes from track to track, which helps to hold the listener's attention. 'Chitarre', for example, is an interesting duo for Spanish Guitars. And pieces like 'Manifestazioni' manage to wonderfully draw all the score's influences and styles together in a spectacular fashion.

As an added bonus, this re-release contains detailed liner notes by Stephan Eicke which features Christopher Slaski’s precise transcription of the film’s main theme for study purposes.


Darren Rea

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