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"No fate without emotion, no Morricone without that emotion"

Review by Thomas Glorieux:

Its unbelievable the old masters can still make the music count. At the age they proved everything and made everything happen, Ennio Morricone or John Williams still today make their music memorable. No better example then that for Ennio Morricone then Fateless, the Hungarian drama about the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust, and how it affected everything on their path. Ennio Morricone, still at his age took up the baton to write music that soars, but above all music that can silence you and make you still sing with it. Meaning music that silences you because its so full of emotion, and sing with it because its so beautiful. I never have been a fan of Ennio Moricone, at least to the point the fans worshipped him to the ultimate galore. But I knew each composer has still the music inside of him that will be adored by many, if not all. I'm glad it has happened to one of his finest contributions of late. Of course alone the effect the soundtrack has by name immediately asks of you a different meaning, and Fateless demands that from the very first moment. But the wonderful evocative music touches you either from the first try, second, third or last, but it will grab you. Because the wonderful unique touch is present to make you cry with musical words. And the words start from the very first page, 'Fateless' opens softly but the lovely pan flute melody and theme (will make you think of Rain Man alone because of that pan flute) is nonetheless attractive, evocative here because the pan flute wasn't exactly expected, but neither is the theme, which perhaps feels a bit out of place for the genre, but nonetheless fits right in, but I guess that symbolizes Ennio Morricone's sound, mostly you think it doesn't fit with the scenery, but nonetheless it grabs your attention. One of the finest tracks to follow is 'Return to Life', 6 minutes pure of emotion. An organ (fitting?) starts to led the secondary (and most hopeful theme of all) grow with orchestra, light choir and vocal by Lisa Gerrard to the brink the emotion is carrying you towards your inner soul. Music from this level is frankly heard too few these days, and when performed rightly, it still makes all the difference. The pan flute of the first theme ends the track rather gloomy.

The feel changes with a slightly more on edge musical approach, 'The Field', dramatic music and its first musical theme constantly growing before its picked up by solo violin. And the constant shifting of themes is noticed again in 'Home Again', here the secondary theme receives the feel by orchestra. 'The Beginning of the Tragedy' is gloomy and yet the rising strings mark the height of the emotion, before the dulcimer reacts over the gloomy atmosphere for a intriguing effective time. But the moments of Lisa Gerrard are still breathtaking any way you like them, this is a different Gerrard then Gladiator, and her wordless voice just equals the strength of the melody, not makes it. But still its the beauty of her singing that creates 'A Song' and 'A Voice from the Inside', bringing tears to your eyes. 'At the Table' is heightened by a warmer, more hopeful meaning of the themes, while the drums signal much darker facts in 'Psychological Destruction'. 'About Solitude' and especially 'About Solitude II' are the secondary theme's pride and its beauty alone by the orchestra's performance as Morricone's feel is mesmerizing. The dulcimer comes back to get the flow a little towards Hungary in 'To Return and to Remember', but the last tracks show all themes returning, in 12 the wonderful secondary theme (and most hopeful), a third theme's signal (which crops up from time to time during the tracks) in 'Voiceless', which is more dramatic growing music and a rather solemn finish of the flute theme in 'Fateless II'. To not be moved by this music is simply to not hear it. To not like this music is simply to not feel for it. To let the music work, is simply listen and accept. The music of Fateless is a feel, an emotion through words, and Morricone made his words musically. That it transcends to a level most scores can't reach is the fact Morricone put his talent, vision and heart into it, making Fateless a score demanding for praise, requiring more attention and opening more hearts, in other words Fateless is truly Morricone's gifted and emotive score of 2005.


Tracks Single Disc

1. Fateless (3.10)

2. Return To Life (5.57)    Excellent Track

3. The Field (3.27)

4. Home Again (1.50)

5. The Beginning Of The Tragedy (3.58)

6. A Song (1.53)    Excellent Track

7. At The Table (2.43)

8. Psychological Destruction (1.59)

9. About Solitude (1.34)

10. To Return And To Remember (1.54)

11. A Voice From The Inside (3.32)    Excellent Track

12. A Mirror (0.46)

13. About Solitude II (2.42)    Excellent Track

14. Voiceless (1.53)

15. Fateless II (4.38)

Total Length: 42.28


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=== Link to Composer Site: Ennio Morricone ===

Original Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone


Orchestrations by Ennio Morricone

Performed by the Hungarian Radio Orchestra & Choir

Recorded at Hungarian Radio, Studio 22; Hungary

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