Nino Rota was an extraordinarily prolific Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti’s films.
He also composed the soundtrack for two Shakespeare’s film adaptations by Franco Zeffirelli, and for Francis Ford Coppola’s first two films: “The Godfather” trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II (1974).
During his long career, he wrote more than 150 film scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979. Nino Rota’s dowry is the simplicity of set to music at a very high easiness of listening, which is derived first of all from the immediacy of the mood, inserted in traditional perspectives and supported by extraordinary creativity.
Gianluca Petrella’s concert presents an exclusive selection of tracks, performed in an exemplary manner; he worked many months recovering a lot of material, often even very rare. It holds both the masterpieces and some wonderful rarities from the Federico Fellini film’s soundtracks.