When I decided to record this album, I immediately thought of two aspects. First of all, I was inspired by the evocative power and emotional impact that Morricone's and Einaudi's music has today all over the world. In fact, there is not a corner of our planet that does not know and does not appreciate the music of these two composers: one creator of memorable soundtracks, capable of intercepting and expressing our hopes and emotions, the other one poet of essentiality, singer of a timeless contemplative beauty thanks to a poetic music without frills dictated only by the heart.
The second aspect that fascinated me was then to imagine a new guitar look, completely different from the original one, to compositions born on the piano and inside a symphonic orchestra, with the aim of enhancing the delicacy of these melodies with the strings of a guitar. To make this journey the finest possible, I have chosen six pieces by Ludovico Einaudi that contain a precious part of his creative path: Le onde, Divenire, Nuvole bianche, Primavera, Una mattina and Elegy for the Arctic. His music gives us a sense of peace and amazement, which accompanies us freely, without indicating a precise direction. The titles are descriptive, but what matters is once again the emotion we experience and perceive at the sight of the landscapes that surround us: the dream we live beyond our eyes.
Morricone, on the other hand, simply gave a musical form to beauty. His music has been able to mark the human and spiritual growth of entire generations. Morricone explored all musical boundaries, finding his most accomplished expressive horizon in film composition. His music moves, opens the heart to nostalgia and hope, reveals mysteries, shows wonders, transforms, shapes the images of films, almost as if to urge us to find ourselves the best soundtrack of our life, in order to change and improve it. Among the many possibilities to express Morricone's music on the guitar, I chose the music of some of the iconic films of the last forty years: Cinema Paradiso, The legend of 1900, Once upon a time in America , Once upon a time in the West, A Fistful of Dynamite, The Mission.
Sometimes it's nice to stop and simply enjoy the pure emotion of music. I invite you to take this pure pleasure break with me.
Giulio Tampalini has been hailed internationally as one of the most popular and charismatic classical guitarists, and as such he performs regularly and extensively in Italy and abroad. Winner of the Arts and Culture Prize (Milan, Italy 2014), he is a Warner Classics Artist, has recorded over 40 CDs and he has played more than 2000 concerts all over the world. He has won prizes at major international guitar competitions such as the “Narciso Yepes” Competition in Sanremo (chairman: Narciso Yepes); the International Rome Competition in 1996 and 2000; “De Bonis” International Competition in Cosenza; “Pittaluga” International Competition in Alessandria; “Fernando Sor” International Competiton in Rome and the “Andrés Segovia” International Competiton in Granada. His musical collaborations include the Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2003 his double CD “Francisco Tarrega: Complete Works for Guitar” was awarded the Golden Guitar at the International Guitar Meeting in Alessandria as “Best CD of the year”. Among his other CDs are: the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo for guitar and orchestra, recorded with the Orchestra “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”; all the major guitar works by Angelo Gilardino; the complete Six Rossinianas by Mauro Giuliani; the Concerto no. 1 op. 99, the Quintet Op. 143 and the Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, recorded with the Haydn Symphony Orchestra; the complete works for guitar by Miguel Llobet; and a DVD containing the complete solo guitar works by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Giulio Tampalini is a guitar professor at the Foundation International Academy in Imola and at the Adria State Conservatory of Music (Italy) and he is regularly invited to give masterclasses and concerts all over the world.