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Huffington Post Q&A with Ennio Morricone

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World-renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone released his first new album on Decca Records the other day - November 11, the day after his 88th birthday.  Entitled ‘Morricone 60', it celebrates his prolific career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions. The deluxe version is accompanied by a DVD called ‘MORRICONE & TARANTINO at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS', which documents the composer and director collaborating on The Hateful Eight. ‘Morricone 60' is the first album of Ennio Morricone's greatest hits conducted, recorded and curated by Morricone himself – and aims to create a legacy for his fans to enjoy.  It sees the celebrated Maestro performing some of his greatest film music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (also released on Decca).  The album marks Ennio Morricone's 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he's collaborated on major international movie scores.

Upon signing the recording contract with Decca, Ennio Morricone commented: "After the success of The Hateful Eightscore, I'm delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal – an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year. It's been a wonderful experience to be able to conduct my scores and to record these with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The quality of their performance of my work is truly outstanding."

Morricone discussed the new album with Mike Ragogna from the Huffington Post. READ THE Q&A