Known almost exclusively
for his compositions for Italian films and maybe the occasional low budget
American film, composer Pino Domaggio brings forth a respectable effort for
the dramatic film, Up at the Villa.
reprising her role from The English Patient, Kristen Scott Thomas is
given a superior musical backdrop by Domaggio to work her acting
magic. The main title is a beautiful, romantic piece performed crisply
by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Following the lead of the main titles,
many of the proceeding tracks flourish like the rolling hills of
Tuscany. Strongly classical in there construction, Domaggio carves out
a style of his own that is sweet, simple, and very easy to listen to.
addition to the orchestral tracks there are a number of period pieces. Party
at Peppino's (4), Florence Two Step (11), and Martini (17) each convey the
spirit of the jazz and big band sound of the era with apt style and elegance
and make for welcome musical respites.
Pino Domaggio may
not be a household name for film music enthusiasts, but it is likely with
his effort for Up at the Villa, more offers for major US released pictures
will find their way to him. Up at the Villa is a simple,
romantic score that sits waiting for the perfect Sunday, Spring afternoon,
where one has a moment to pause and enjoy the breeze of the day.