Midnight express soundtrack (album di Giorgio Moroder del 1978)

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS SOUNDTRACK è l’album musicale partorito dall’omonimo film diretto da Alan Parker. Inizialmente affidata al grande Vangelis, l’incarico fu poi passato al debuttante Giorgio Moroder per mere ragioni economiche.

Il compositore italiano diede il meglio di sé componendo otto tracce per poco meno di 45′ di musica aperti da Chase, il brano di punta della scaletta dotato di un notevole sintetizzatore ed una linea di basso prodotta da un minimoog, in uno stile poi definito hi-nrg che proliferò negli anni Ottanta. Love’s theme esalta il sentimento più grande mettendo in evidenza un’atmosfera dolce ma straziante, con piano e sintetizzatore teneramente in simbiosi. (Theme from) Midnight express prosegue nella sua atmosfera surreale come a richiamare suoni ed echi figli delle emozioni. Istanbul blues è un passaggio di rottura giacché vanta uno stile che richiama il suo titolo e una voce, quella di David Castle, che suona anche un clavicordo. The wheel è il pezzo inquietante del disco: in poco meno di 2′-30″ rende al meglio la messa in scena della crudeltà carceraria turca narrata dal film, con l’eloquente l’uso dei tasti per creare un tormento cerebrale mentre il suono vibrante degli strumenti a corda intonano Istanbul opening. Cacaphoney riprende il tema inquietante di The wheel nella sua coda dopo aver prodotto un gelido suono disturbante, infine la dolce voce di Chris Bennett riporta al centro dell’ascolto (Theme from) Midnight express in una ballata di grande impatto emotivo.

Moroder compose e produsse il disco, mentre per gli arrangiamenti fu coadiuvato da David Castle. Inoltre furono utilizzate diverse sale di incisione tra Hollywood, Los Angeles e Monaco di Baviera. Oliver Stone, assieme a William Hayes, autore del libro cui si ispira il film, ed a David Castle scrisse la canzone Istanbul blues che nel film viene accennata dall’attore Randy Quaid. Ciliegina sulla torta, la colonna sonora di Moroder vinse l’Oscar la sera del 9 aprile 1979 prevalendo benché esordiente su grandi compositori quali John Williams (SUPERMAN), Dave Grusin (IL PARADISO PUÒ ATTENDERE), Jerry Goldsmith (I RAGAZZI VENUTI DAL BRASILE) ed Ennio Morricone (I GIORNI DEL CIELO)

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