Press Release from Beat:
Beat Records presents for the first absolute time on CD the complete edition of the soundtrack by Piero Piccioni for “L’Italia vista dal cielo”, a series of fourteen documentaries directed by Folco Quilici from 1966 to 1978, all commissioned, sponsored and produced by Italian Esso with the aim of portraying the scenic, artistic and architectural beauties of each region of Italy with aerial shots taken by helicopter. The most prestigious theaters were chosen in the capitals of the interested regions, such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Argentina in Rome, the Teatro Nuovo in Milan, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari and the Municipal Theater in Bologna, screened in the presence of political, civil, cultural and religious representatives. The films were also shown in schools and universities and in the main cities of each region, eventually also disseminated abroad with English, French, German and Spanish versions. Numerous screenings were organized together with the Italian embassies and institutes of culture through an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The films were put on display at fairs, Italian festivals and other events. We release for the first absolute time on CD the beautiful scores by Piero Piccioni for the “L’Italia vista dal cielo” episodes “Emilia,” “Marche” and “Sicilia” in their entirety, assembled from the stereo master tapes of the original recording sessions. Previously, only one mono track called “Primavera” (here Tr.1) was issued on a C.A.M. library LP (CML 0013). For the regions “Emilia” and “Marche,” Piccioni composed a score that is a true hymn to the joy of living. The Main Titles theme (“Primavera”) provides the background for the aerial shots of colorful balloons flying in the background of a blue sky with green landscapes below, a perfect marriage of music and image. The pleasing motif is performed by a symphonic orchestra with beat arrangements. Piero Piccioni reprises this main theme with many wonderful versions, including Latin American, Beat, sacred, cheerful, sad, slow, fast, etc., each allowing the listener to realize the greatness of this musician. For the “Sicily” region, Piero Piccioni wrote pastoral passages of rare beauty with sparse instrumentation including organ, guitar, flute and oboe. This CD represents another wonderful addition to the ever-growing discography of Maestro Piccioni, whom we all love immensely.