Quartet Records and Beat Records presents the first CD release of lyrical Nicola Piovani (La Notte di San Lorenzo, Kaos, Academy Award winner for Life Is Beautiful) score for an Italian teenage romance.
Directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Ennio De Concini, Daniele e Maria (1973) is the tale of a forbidden romance between a rich and reclusive boy and the poor girl whose kindness opens up his formerly sheltered life. As the familiar setup from Romeo and Juliet suggests, the romance can only have a tragic ending as Maria is whisked away from her love and is forced into a loveless marriage organized by the rich family sheltering Daniele…
Daniele e Maria was one of Italian composer Nicola Piovani’s earliest scores. For the film, he had to come up with a very interesting, dramatic score that worked alongside classical pieces. Because classical records are Daniele’s only gateway to a normal life, many famous pieces are peppered throughout the story. Piovani adapts a piece by Dvorak for his score and also adds his own original material, including a beautiful love theme for the tragic love story of Daniele and Maria.
This edition expands upon the original 30-minute LP program with previously unreleased cues and alternates. Mastered by Enrico De Gemini, the richly illustrated booklet features liner notes by Gergely Hubai, who discusses this rarely seen film and shares his insights about the music.