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Nino Rota's Il Gattopardo
7-May-2018 - Quartet Records and Gruppo Sugar proudly present a 2-CD set featuring for the first time the complete original score by Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita, Otto e Mezzo, Amarcord, The Abdication) for Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece Il Gattopardo(The Leopard), starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and a young Terence Hill. At Visconti’s request, Rota based much of his Leopard score on a symphony he had composed in the ’40s but which wasn’t premiered or published until the ’70s. The music is boldly dramatic and romantic in tone, sometimes calling to mind the spirit of Tchaikovsky. A previously undiscovered waltz by Giuseppe Verdi also figures prominently in the score—in a ball scene where it is surrounded by original Rota dances very much in the style of the period.