Revered Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has signed a new record deal with Decca, at the age of 87. It continues an eventful year in which he won his first Oscar, for the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight. (Photo credit above: Christian Muth)
Plans call for the release in October this year of Morricone 60, a new album curated by the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning musician. It will include updated versions of celebrated film scores such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West as well as excerpts from his soundtracks to other hit movies such as Cinema Paradiso and The Mission. The composer will revisit such works in new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The album title reflects a 60-year professional career of some 600 compositions.
“After the success of The Hateful Eight score,” says Morricone, “I’m delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal – an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year. It’s been a wonderful experience to be able to conduct my scores and to record these with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The quality of their performance of my work is truly outstanding.”
On 23 June, Morricone will conduct a performance of music from his storied career at Blenheim Palace, in the English county of Oxfordshire, as part of Nocturne Live.