"Amazing Morricone concert delights London"
by David Franchi for remotegoat on 17/02/16

Morricone strongly applauded received the Bafta during its 60th year career tour.

The concert of Ennio Morricone was amazing. The gig was part of the “My Life in Music – World Tour 2016” with which Morricone is celebrating its 60th year of career.
Morricone was strongly acclaimed during the entire concert and he was brought back on stage for the encores by an over four minutes long round of applause. He also received in his hands the Bafta prize won last Sunday.
Differently from last year, this tour presents a new programme. Morricone directed the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Kodály Choir and the Csokonai National Theatre Choir. Morricone performed with great ability and pathos, amazingly for an 88 years old person.
All the elements of the choir and symphonic orchestra had great expertise. The public started to strongly applaud even at the entrance on stage of the orchestra and choir.
Organized in thematic medleys, the concert was in two sets, but also with few encores the strongly requested by the public.
The first set opened with Homage to Giuseppe Tornatore, followed by Scattered Sheets. It ended up with the immediately applauded The Modernity of the Myth in Sergio Leone’s Cinema, the renowned western film music, with soprano Susanna Rigacci long-lasting working partner of Morricone. There was a standing ovation of the public at the end of the first set.
While the first set finished, Sam Jackson, from Classic Fm Radio, gave a speech reminding Morricone won the Bafta Award, last 14th February, for the soundtrack of The Hateful Eight, by Quentin Tarantino. Morricone was unable to participate to the ceremony because working in Dublin. Therefore, on this occasion Jackson gave to Maestro Morricone the award, which was hailed by the public with an explosive round of applause.
Also organised on thematic medley, the second set, opened with the soundtrack of The Hateful Eight, followed by 3 Adagi, A Homage to Mauro Bolognini and The Red Tent. The final medley was the unmissable soundtrack of the film The Mission.
In standing ovation, the public shouted bravo and called back on stage Maestro Morricone with a more than 4 minutes long applause. He performed Abolisson from Queimada, then went out.
The public insisted with other two and half minutes of applause. The second encore was The Ecstasy of Gold (from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), with soprano Rigacci.
Not enough, the standing ovation of the audience called back Morricone giving another round of applause of over two minutes for a third encore, that was ‘On earth as it is in heaven’, from The Mission which ended the concert.

Maestro Morricone is the Italian best seller on the international music market. Internationally renowned, Morricone received many awards. He is the only music composer ever who won the prestigious Honorary Oscar award (2007). He was also nominated for a further five Oscars throughout his career, and has won: two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, seven David di Donatello Award, eight Nastro d'Argento Awards as well as the Polar Music Prize. By the President of the Italian Republic, he has been conferred the titles of Order of Merit for Culture and Art (2000), Commander (1995) and Grand Officer (2005) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2009 the President of France bestowed him with the Legion d’Honneur.
In his career Maestro Morricone composed over 500 film soundtracks and collaborated with the most important directors. In Italy the word ‘Maestro’ is used for those people who are revered master (e.g. Leonardo Da Vinci, Pavarotti.)
Proving he is internationally renowned, this tour celebrates Morricone’s national and worldwide fame.

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