Luis Enriquez Bacalov

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Born: March 30, 1933; Spain  
From the 1960s into the 2000s, Bacalov's fertile imagination has supplied scores for well over 112 films. He is also a noted piano virtuoso. Bacalov began his concert activity in South America, then traveled to Spain and Paris to further his technique while working as a nightclub pianist. Settling in Rome, Italy, he played piano for RCA film orchestras, and got his first break when Giovanni Fusco asked him to arrange a song for Chico Marselli's Read more La ragazza con la valigia (The Girl With the Luggage); the song became a hit. When Damiano Damiani needed a song for his film La noia, Bacalov proposed that he write the entire score, and "so I made my name into the cinema."

From 1959 until 1963, he composed under the pseudonym Luis Enríquez. His notable '60s soundtracks include Pasolini's The Second Gospel of Matthew (1965); M. Fondato's I protagonisti (1968), a strongly rhythmic soundtrack in a modern style; and Damiani's Quién sabe? (1966). This last film was supposedly done under the "supervision" of Ennio Morricone, but in fact, Morricone never heard the music; the producers simply wanted his name in the credits. When Bacalov's name was replaced by Morricone's in Spain, Bacalov could not sue because the company had ceased to exist.

The 1970s saw the creation of music for C. Lizzani's Roma Bene (1971), known for its irony; F. Di Leo's Milano calibro 9 (1972), another highly rhythmic score with imitation responses between the instruments; Giraldi's La rosa rossa (1973, The Red Rose) with quotes from various symphonies by Gustav Mahler; the 1979 TV miniseries Le rose di Danzica (directed by Bevilacqua); and F. Giraldi's La giacca verde (1979, The Green Jacket). When famed composer Nino Rota passed away in 1978, director Federico Fellini needed a composer for La città delle donne (1980, The City of Women). Rota had previously introduced Bacalov to Fellini during the sound recording for Fellini's Il Casanova (1976) and had praised his musical abilities, so Bacalov was hired. Other significant scores in the 1980s included D. Kurys Coup de foudre (1983) and F. Infascelli's La maschera (1988, The Mask) with Bacalov's fine imitation of Baroque music styles and even a miniature "opera caricatura."

The unique timbres of Bacalov's score for Greco's Una storia semplice (1991, A Simple Story) are especially interesting. But, aside from the work for Fellini, Bacalov is best-known for his Oscar-winning score for Il postino (1995, The Postman). Director Michael Radford was said to be "a difficult man with composers," but he was eventually pleased with Bacalov's tango-inflected Spanish/Latin American score that features the complex accordion called the bandoneon. "If I had written a much better score for a less important film, I would never had an Oscar. In a way, the Oscar was for the Italian film." Bacalov's other work includes scores for several TV films (Don Milano -- Il priore di barbiana, L'avvocato delle donne) and American and French films (It Had to Be You, The Love Letter, Les enfants du siècle). Read less
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  • 1.
    Actitud Tanguera / Bacalov
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 16010 Release Date: 03/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignacio Cervantes,  Isaac Albeniz,  Vicente Greco,  Carlos Gardel  ... 
    Performer:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov
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    Dieci minuti all'alba / Monarda
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 37043 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giorgio Gaslini,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  Jeffrey Levine,  Gilberto Bosco  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Monarda
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    Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano Festival 2015
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555572 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Ferdinand Ries  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich
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    Summertime Killer
    Label: Beatball   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov
    Conductor:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov
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    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067280 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  Maria Jimenez,  Jorge Avendano Luhrs
    Performer:  Olivia Gorra,  Gianni Iorio,  Aida Cuevas,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov  ... 
    Conductor:  Jan Chalupecky
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    Final Cut / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10723 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Django Reinhardt,  Gustavo Santaolalla,  Elliot Goldenthal,  Brian Adams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
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    Cinema Concertante / Herkenhoff, Zacher, Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 785 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elmer Bernstein,  Gabriel Yared,  Ennio Morricone,  Yann Tiersen  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Herkenhoff
    Conductor:  Frank Zacher
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    At Home with Friends / Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752716 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Ravi Shankar,  Diane Warren,  Antonio Carlos Jobim  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Anoushka Shankar,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiempo Libre
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    The Soul Of Tango - Bakalov, Piazzolla / Ben-dor, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3345 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Juan Jose Mosalini,  Virginia Tola,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov
    Conductor:  Gisčle Ben-Dor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Barbara Symphony
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    Cinema Serenade / Perlman, Williams, Pittsburgh So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63005 Release Date: 07/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  Ennio Morricone,  John Williams,  Luiz Bonfá  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Palace Of The Winds - Piano At The Movies / Michael Chertock
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80477 Release Date: 07/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Cootie Williams,  Clint Eastwood,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
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    John Williams Plays The Movies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63000 Release Date: 04/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bob Telson,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  John Williams,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Brendan Power,  John Williams,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nicole Tibbels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Fontaine,  Nick Ingman,  Christopher Gunning,  Steve Gray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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