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Stelvio Cipriani - Femina Ridens
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Stelvio Cipriani

Femina Ridens

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Among the constellation of original soundtracks from Italian films released in the 60s and 70s golden era, some scores in particular have an undeniable cult vibe. The music composed by Stelvio Cipriani in 1969 for supreme cult pop art film Piero Schivazappa has every merit to a place in this category of indefinable, fascinating records. Under its sensual and arty sleeve, sixties fantasy incarnate, lies one of the most beautiful Italian cinema B scores of the end of the decade. A psychedelic whirlwind in perfect harmony with the steamily perverted and erotic role-play - playing off an icy Philippe Leroy with the fascinating Dagmar Lassander. Other than the sophistication of the arrangements and orchestrations embracing mostly organs, psychedelic guitars, percussion and baroque strings, it’s the boundless ambition of Cipriani’s melodies that command respect. Mixing codes and styles, he happily delves into jazz, kinetic pop and classical music to give form to the moving waves of his music. From flashes of pop, heady waltzes and Bach style bop minuets, to hallucinogenic experiments and Morriconien western themes, each seems to have its place in this sumptuous kaleidoscope. To top it all, the celestial tones of the great Edda Dell’Orso have never had a more fitting home. Oscillating between the perverse, the sensual and the nostalgic, she’s in perfect harmony with Cipriani’s wise structures, each on a par with the most dazzling of Morricone or Piccioni’s works.

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