What’s on TV: Josh Groban and Renee Fleming Star in ‘La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema’ on PBS’ Great Performances

by Sandi Berg
Photo by Chris Lee

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Dawning in the dark aftermath of World War II, the fertile mid-century decades of Italian cinema delighted international movie audiences with an eclectic mix of movie classics from groundbreaking directors including Frederico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone and many more. A major component of Italian cinema’s enduring popularity continues to be a lush selection of sweeping film scores by composers like Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone.  
The program features suites and famous songs, many newly arranged and orchestrated by music consultant William Ross, from Academy Award–winning films, including Federico Fellini’s  and La Dolce Vita; Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West; and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.
Sugarmusic made available its catalog of more than 2,000 Italian film sound tracks for this production.

 


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