Le Streghe


Digitmovies present Piero Piccioni's complete original soundtrack in mono and in full stereo for the episodes "La Strega Bruciata Viva" ("The Witch Scorched Alive") by Luchino Visconti and "Una Sera Come Le Altre" ("A Night Like Any Other") by Vittorio De Sica for the 1967 movie Le Streghe (aka The Witches) produced by Dino de Laurentiis. The film, which was released on February 22, 1967, is divided into five episodes starring the fascinating Diva Silvana Mangano. The Mauro Bolognini and Franco Rossi episodes have virtually no music -- except very brief fragments of atonal strings (possibly library music) in the Rossi episode and just a reprise of the "main theme" written by Piero Piccioni for the Visconti episode at the end of the Bolognini episode. This CD focuses only on the music of Piero Piccioni for this film. The tapes were kept in the private archives of Piccioni and they have been found with the big help of Jason Piccioni, the son of the composer. Two ¼ reel tapes, one in stereo and one in mono, which have been preserved until today in very good conditions. For "The Witch Scorched Alive" Piero Piccioni wrote a refined dancefloor theme, a shake for piano, organ, drums, guitars and brass, which we might call "The Witches Shake", reprised with different instrumentations and which is the background dance of Gloria in the hotel lounge room. This dancefloor music is alternated with a romantic, rarefied, and haunting love theme that, without doubt, is one of the most beautiful love themes of the whole career of Piero Piccioni: a jazzy, slow, suspended, almost sacred theme for harp, vibraphone, guitar, celesta, flute, and bass. The score was brilliantly conducted by Bruno Nicolai and Piero Piccioni himself. Please note also that in this soundtrack and almost in all his soundtracks, Piccioni performs solo piano and organ. CD version includes two bonus tracks, for historical and artistic purposes: the very rare mono version of the shake theme as featured in the opening titles -- with some sound effect found in the mono master tape of the final film music/effects mix -- and a long stereo suite re-recorded by Piccioni.