Recorded at shows in Verona, Naples and Rome, this is as close to a Morricone live album as we'll get (given he's in his late seventies). The maestro conducts a 90-piece orchestra and 100 vocalists through a dozen selections from his (over) 400 scores. It's as gorgeous as you'd expect. Beginning with, to this reviewer's ears, his finest work—Once Upon A Time In America—it lopes, veers and swoops through themes and purple passages from, among others, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso and Once Upon A Time In The West.

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Ennio Morricone: Arena Concerto – East West

Recorded at shows in Verona, Naples and Rome, this is as close to a Morricone live album as we’ll get (given he’s in his late seventies). The maestro conducts a 90-piece orchestra and 100 vocalists through a dozen selections from his (over) 400 scores. It’s as gorgeous as you’d expect. Beginning with, to this reviewer’s ears, his finest work?Once Upon A Time In America?it lopes, veers and swoops through themes and purple passages from, among others, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso and Once Upon A Time In The West.