World-renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone signed last week to Decca Records in a major new record deal celebrating his professional career which spans 60 years.
With over 600 compositions under his belt, Ennio Morricone is one of only two film composers in history to have received the honorary Academy Award for his Lifetime Achievement.
‘Morricone 60’ will be the new release by Ennio later this year in October, just ahead of his 88th birthday. ‘Morricone 60’ is the first album of Ennio Morricone’s greatest hits conducted, recorded and curated by Morricone himself and aims to create a legacy for his fans to enjoy.
It sees the celebrated Maestro performing some of his greatest film music from ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (which actually holds the number two position in the Top 200 ranking of best film soundtracks ever composed) to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ (released earlier this year on Decca). The album also marks Ennio Morricone’s 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he’s collaborated on major international movie scores.
Upon signing the recording contract with Decca, Ennio Morricone commented “After the success of The Hateful Eight score, I’m delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal – an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year. It’s been a wonderful experience to be able to conduct my scores and to record these with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The quality of their performance of my work is truly outstanding.”
Rebecca Allen, Managing Director of Decca Records, said “It is a great honour to be signing Ennio Morricone, whose iconic scores have inspired artists, film-makers and music-lovers around the world for generations. We have waited over 60 years to sign this legendary artist and are thrilled to welcome him to Decca Records – also 87 years strong!”
The new album and record deal coincides with Morricone’s ‘60 Years of Music World Tour’, which sees the Maestro performing across the globe in a new programme, with over 200 musicians and singers on stage. His next UK concert is at Blenheim Palace’s Great Court on 23rd June as part of ‘Nocturne Live’ – his first ever UK show outside of London.
‘Morricone 60’ can now be pre-ordered here http://po.st/Ennio60PRAmz