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Up at the Villa by Pino Domaggio

Composed and  Produced by Pino Domaggio
Conducted by Gianfranco Plenizio
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Executive Producer: Robert Townson
Released by Varese Sarabande April 2000


Q-Review

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.

Nearly 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.

 

 



In 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.

The Bottom Line

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.

 Category

Score

Rating: 7/10

 Originality

6/10

 Composition 8/10

 CD Length

7/10

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