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Kiss this!
by Michael Collins

Sonic Death Monkey puts down their Rickenbacker guitars and picks up a lute as we check out the soundtrack to Casanova.

Filling the home with chamber music creates a strong mood. There is something about the sensibilities of this type of music that makes everything feel nice and homey. It adds to a feeling of contentment that we all like to have in our homes. This notion has reached such levels that it is almost standard practice to have some chamber music when real estate agents do an open house to display the ideal home.

Even away from the home, playing chamber sends a strong message. My local dry cleaner has chamber music playing in her store. It sends a strong image of what kind of person she is and what kind of business she runs.

So if you want to join in with all this cultured shenanigans (or at least fool someone into thinking that you want to) you could do worse than picking up a copy of the Casanova soundtrack.

The soundtrack strongly evokes the manners of the time and the musical mood. A time for polite bows and curtsies, carefully selected kerchief cleverly matched to the elaborate clothes made especially for the ball

The soundtrack features pieces from various well-known composers mostly from Italy. The pieces all have their original classifications and numbers, but they are given titles based on the scenes that they are associated with in the film.

Thatís a nice little link to the film, but really the soundtrack doesnít evoke many scenes of the film. The music is wonderful, but it really is off on its own tangent. You enjoy the music and the mood it creates, but you are not thinking much of the film

Slowly and gently we begin with Roman. With just the lute caressing a melody and then a section of warm strings greeting us. And then itís gone to be replaced by a Rameau piece that teases us playfully.

The true chamber music style shines through with a cello concerto from Rameau. Vivaldi continues the playfulness with one of his concertos. Vivaldi is of course keeping things nicely stringy. His distinctive style shines through like the belle of the ball.

The lute led pieces particularly provoke the image of the times such as Albinoiís Concerto A No. 5.

This CD is a great little thing to set the mood. Itís very Sunday morning kind of stuff. It does little to remind you of the film, but you will not care as you enjoy the music.

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