Dagored just released, for the first time in decades (on vinyl), Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Sergio Corbucci’s thrilling 1968 Spaghetti Western  Il Grande Silenzio (starring J-L Trintignant and Klaus Kinski) in a limited edition of 500 copies with the original poster painting by artist Sandro Simeoni, a specialist of Italian film posters, as the cover. Sadly the liner note is almost nonexistent with this release.

A beautiful and melancholic score, Starting with a ballad for the titles theme,  Il Grande Silenzio rapidly takes a sombre tone to embody the deadly snowy landscapes which are the theater of some grotesque violence Corbucci’s style. Morricone follows with some chilling trumpet solos, one of the great piece the maestro wrote for this instrument.

With no surprise, the soundtrack also features the voices of the eternal choir of Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni which played such a great role in the popularity of these Euro-Westerns scores. Their addition, if this time not as prominent as in other landmark western scores by the maestro, is nonetheless beautiful and effective as ever.

The ensemble score, very ambient at times, under direction of the late Bruno Nicolai, offers your iconic electric bass,  12 strings guitar and of course the distinct Whistling of legendary Alessandro Alessandroni. You add detuned flutes and even keyboards, sitar and tabla and you get Morricone at his finest.

It’s apparently one of his personal favorites. An Aficionados pick.