La Dolce Vita (2-CD)

Nino Rota


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To celebrate our 300th release, Quartet Records is proud to present, in collaboration with Gruppo Sugar, a mammoth 2-CD set presenting for the first time ever Nino Rota’s complete original score for Federico Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita.

Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Walter Garrone, La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian drama that follows Marcello Rubini (Mastroianni), a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the “sweet life” of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness.

Fellini once described his film as “a veritable Tower of Babel” because of the many languages spoken in it, and Rota’s score for La Dolce Vita is its own Babel of genre—a grab bag of melancholic orchestral music, jazz, light pop, rollicking rock, circus fanfares, dances, pastiches and cultural references. Nino Rota provides a beautiful underscore, almost phantasmagorical, to illustrate the empty streets of Rome, the solitude of the next morning, the world of luxury, decadence and lust that seems to end.

A 40-minute LP of the soundtrack was released on RCA Victor in 1961 and reissued many times on CD by C.A.M. For this premiere complete edition, we have included the complete 77-minute score on CD 1. On the second disc we have included more than 35 minutes of previously unreleased music with lots of alternates and music written by Rota that was not used in the final print of the movie, as well as the original album. The entire project has been carefully restored and mastered by Chris Malone from the first-generation master tapes—originally recorded in mono—courtesy of Gruppo Sugar. The original album has also been reconstructed by Mr. Malone from the original session tapes and now sounds better than ever.

The package includes a richly illustrated 20-page booklet with liner notes by Tim Greiving, who offers a detailed analysis of the film and score, including quotes from exclusive interviews with film critic A.O. Scott and composer Alexandre Desplat.


DISC ONE. The Complete Film Score

1. Titoli (Film Version) (1:59)

2. La Dolce Vita (Elicotero) (1:09)

3. La Dolce Vita (Club Cinese) (3:04)

4. Ma-Ma (0:58)

5. La Dolce Vita (Via Veneto) (0:42)

6. La Dolce Vita (Piazza del Popolo) (1:42)

7. La Dolce Vita (Cadillac) (1:43)

8. La Dolce Vita (Cadillac canzonetta) (1:41)

9. La Dolce Vita (Da aeroporto a Via Appia) (0:39)

10. La Dolce Vita (Salita San Pietro) (1:50)

11. Arrivederci Roma (2:03)

12. La Dolce Vita (Caracalla) (2:44)

13. La Dolce Vita (Coda Caracalla) (1:01)

14. La Dolce Vita (La Dolce Vita a Caracalla) (3:08)

15. La Dolce Vita (Mamma Sergio) (2:12)

16. La Dolce Vita (Gattino) (1:05)

17. La Dolce Vita (Fontana Trevi) (1:03)

18. La Dolce Vita (Via Veneto #2) (1:04)

19. La Dolce Vita (Chiesa) (1:09)

20. Pity Pity (1:08)

21. La Dolce Vita (Salone Orientale #1) (1:44)

22. La Dolce Vita (Salone Orientale #2) (2:31)

23. Marcia dei Gladiatori (2:05)

24. Lola (Yes Sir That’s My Baby) (2:26)

25. La Dolce Vita (Night Club) (3:12)

26. La Dolce Vita (Patricia / Night Club #2) (2:20)

27. La Dolce Vita (Valzer Stormy Weather) (2:30)

28. La Dolce Vita (Via Veneto dei nobili) (1:47)

29. La Dolce Vita (La dolce vita dei nobili) (5:43)

30. La Dolce Vita (Scena villa) (1:11)

31. La Dolce Vita (Mattutino #1) (1:02)

32. La Dolce Vita (Mattutino #2) (0:32)

33. La Dolce Vita (Orgia) (0:48)

34. Jingle Bells (2:32)

35. La Dolce Vita (Orgia Can-Can) (1:18)

36. Patricia (4:40)

37. La Dolce Vita (Orgia #2) (1:41)

38. La Dolce Vita (Orgia #3 / Why Wait) (3:43)

39. La Dolce Vita (Orgia #4) (2:40)

40. La Dolce Vita (Finale) (0:27)


DISC TWO. The 1960 Soundtrack Album

1. Titoli di testa (5:13)


Notturno II


2. La Dolce Vita (5:46)


La Bersaguera

3. La Dolce Vita (1:38)

In Via Veneto

4. La Dolce Vita (3:48)



Marcia dei gladiatori

Valzer (Parlame di me)

5. Lola (Yes Sir That’s My Baby) (4:29)

Valzer (Parlame di me)

Stormy Weather

6. Via Veneto e i nobili (1:27)

7. Blues / La dolce vita dei nobili (5:43)

8. Notturno e mattutino (1:35)

9. La Dolce Vita / La bella malinconica (3:08)

10. La dolce vita nella villa di Fregene (6:29)

Can Can

Jingle Bells

Blues (La Dolce Vita)

Why Wait

11. La Dolce Vita (Finale) (3:03)

Alternates & Bonus Tracks

12. Titoli (Alternate #1) (2:12)

13. La Dolce Vita (Cadillac / Canzonetta) (Alternate) (1:46)

14. La Dolce Vita (Piazza del Popolo) (Alternate) (1:53)

15. Titoli (Alternate #2) (2:01)

16. La Dolce Vita (Gattino) (Alternate #1) (0:53)

17. La Dolce Vita (Gattino) (Alternate #2) (1:01)

18. La Dolce Vita (Salone Orientale #1) (Alternate) (2:13)

19. Arrivederci Roma (Alternate) (2:04)

20. La Dolce Vita (Fontana di Trevi) (Alternate #1) (0:47)

21. La Dolce Vita (Fontana di Trevi) (Alternate #2) (1:05)

22. La Dolce Vita (Danza al Club Cinese) (0:59)

23. La Dolce Vita (Fisa) (0:20)

24. La Dolce Vita (La dolce vita dei nobili) (Alternate) (5:45)

25. La Dolce Vita (Orgia #3 / Why Wait) (Alternate) (3:44)

26. La Dolce Vita (Notturno) (0:45)

27. Titoli (Alternate #3) (2:02)

28. La Dolce Vita (Chiesa) (Alternate) (0:50)

29. Parlame di me (Vocal) (2:48)

30. La Dolce Vita (Vocal) (3:00)