by Fabrizio Ciccarelli
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The intense voice of Mafalda Minnozzi in a tribute to Italian cinema: soundtracks of absolute beauty in their selection, in their thoughtfully constructed passages and in the evident expertise and knowledge of Italy’s cinematographic repertoire. To be honest one of the most important works in quality of content and in musical point of view with Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Rustichelli, revisited by the vocalist.
What strikes me most about the five-star track list is that she incorporates the songs autobiographically in their original approach such as “La Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini, the sarcastic and hilarious comedy “Amici Miei” by Mario Monicelli, the famous “Amapola”, recurring theme from the masterpiece”Once Upon a Time in America” by Sergio Leone, from the unforgettable “E La Chiamano Estate” by Bruno Martino and Franco Califano to the popular elegiac “Arrivederci Roma” by Renato Rascel and the lunar and lyrical “Deborah’s Theme”, from “Once Upon a Time in America” with Morricone’s splendid score, a must for one of the most rightly appreciated soundtracks in international cinema.
In Minnozzi’s jazzy thinking, her sudden and smooth lightness, her range of vocal colors, naturalness of interpretation, alternation of passages and phrasing that reveal her romantic and versatile character in the luminosity of bossa and in the soft hued intimacy, in the molded and melodic instrumental divisions especially by Dave Liebman, Graham Haynes and Luca Acquino, a complete and articulate realization of an album that is smooth, constructed and warm.