Soundtrack Review: Maria Di Nazaret

Soundtrack Review: Maria Di Nazaret

Maria Di Nazaret Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Maria Di Nazaret by Guy Farley.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 98.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 47.13
Album Excellence: 87%

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Maria Di Nazaret is a two-part 2012 television miniseries directed by Giacomo Campiotti and starring Alissa Jung, Paz Vega and Andreas Pietschmann. It tells the story of Jesus’ mother Maria and tells the famous story about Jesus and his death on the cross from her point of view. The score is composed by Guy Farley.

There has been many movies (and scores) about the subject Maria and Jesus. I can’t remember that I have heard a bad one yet, so I have high hopes for this. Farley opens with ‘Maria’s Theme’ a beautiful soaring and epic romantic cue with more than just a hint of maestro Ennio Morricone. Well, it is an Italian miniseries after all, so why not. There’s something about it though. I get goose bumps when listening to it. It sounds “old”, and it sounds really perfect for Maria. Top notch! What a great start. ‘Maria Titles’ has a woman singing, and there is certainly precedence for choirs and voices on religious sounding scores. It’s dark though. Right after she is done singing, there’s a much darker feel to the music. The music doesn’t sound western, but more Middle East. Love it. There’s a new female voice on ‘The Serpent’ that gives me goose bumps all over again. I am getting really emotional here. This is phenomenal music. I’m guessing Tanja Tzarovska was featured on ‘Maria Titles’ and ‘Lucy Johnson’ was featured on ‘The Serpent’.

It can’t all be romantic beauty though with such a story. In ‘The Game’ there’s evil afoot with much darker tones for the first half. It’s almost scary. The second half opens it up a bit, giving it some light with, but it doesn’t last. This is overall a dark cue and it’s good. ‘39 Lashes’ is brutal sounding, dark and powerful, something with screaming choirs sometimes subtle. I do like some darkness, but I can’t help it. I have fallen in love with the gorgeous lyrical side of Farley as he sweeps me away in such a way, I am in no position to counteract. ‘Elizabeth’s Dance’ is another example of everything that’s right about this score and film music in general. When something like this comes along, I don’t care where you are in life, you have to appreciate it. Oh come on, just when I thought it couldn’t get better, Farley brings in the flutes that reminds me of the Scottish Highlands for some reason in ‘Maria At Prayer’. I melt when I hear that. I literally sink deep down in the chair I am sitting absolutely stunned by the beauty of this music. It speaks to me, it sings to me, and I am all ears. There’s no place I’d rather be, there’s nothing I’d rather do than sit here and listen to this music. There’s nothing quite like Italian romantic scoring. There’s just something special about it. Out of western composers, perhaps John Barry touched upon it a few times, but really, this is sounding like something Morricone could come up with for Cinema Paradiso at times. Romantic excellence, that is what it is and I can’t think of higher praise than comparing it to Morricone and Barry’s best romantic work.

On the short interview included on this release he mentions Madre Teresa which was used as temp music for this film so seek out that one once you’re done with this. He also mentioned War In The Mountains which sadly doesn’t seem to have a release just yet. Maybe Caldera Records will be so kind to release that. I am showering this score with 6 star cues, but I feel powerless, because every one of those cues marked with a “*” makes me feel amazing, goose bumps, even sinking feeling in my stomach. Wow it makes me feel happy and alive, I even shivered when I heard ‘Birth’. It’s just that kind of score that was made specially for me. I know it wasn’t, but if I wanted a score written for me, this could be the one. Maybe in 20–30 years from now I can compare it to other great works such as Cinema Paradiso, I really believe this score has such staying power and in time could become a real classic. This is a score not to be missed at any cost. It should be cherished and universally loved. It’s the type of score that I thought was just a part of the past, but turns out there’s hope for our younger generations too if more scores like this is allowed to be released. Needless to say, this is a stunning score that ticks all the right boxes. Buy this CD and a box of tissues and you’ll be a happy camper.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Maria’s Theme *
2. Maria Titles
3. The Serpent *
4. Mary’s Journey
5. Shepherds *
7. Elizabeth’s Dance *
8. Maria At Prayer *
9. Anger & Apparition *
10. A Place To Stay
11. Israel *
12. Birth *
13. The Census *
14. Magi *
15. Premonition *
16. My Son *
17. Lost And Found *
18. Denial
20. The Cross
21. Calvary *
22. He Will Live
23. Memories *
24. End Title – Maria’s Theme *

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: Maria Di Nazaret, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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