Caldera Records is proud to present Ennio Morricone’s music for Roberto Faenza’s film “Sostiene Pereira”.
When Antonio Tabucchi’s novel “Sostiene Pereira – Pereira Maintains” in the English language – was published
in 1994, it became an immediate literary sensation. The novel’s leading character is the titular Pereira,
a newspaper editor who is responsible for compiling the paper’s cultural pages. However, Pereira is not
interested in publishing his political views. If all of Portugal was out on the streets demonstrating against the
government, Pereira would quietly sit at home and read a good book. He is not a supporter but an enabler.
His political reluctance is challenged when he meets a young man named Rossi. Pereira’s life soon changes
Screenwriter and director Roberto Faenza was a perfect choice to turn the novel into a feature film. The
Italian film maker had for decades depicted revolts against tyrannical governments. Here, he cast Marcello
Mastroianni as the overweight editor who suffers from a heart problem. Popular French actor Daniel Auteil
played Pereira’s doctor, Nicoletta Braschi (“Life is Beautiful”) and Marthe Keller (“Marathon Man”) were
splendidly cast in minor roles.
The director had tasked Ennio Morricone with writing music for his feature debut “Escalation” in 1967,
and they had worked together ever since. By 1995, their collaboration spanned seven films, eight including
“Sostiene Pereira.” The latter is one of Morricone’s most ingenious works for a Faenza film. It is intricate and
subversive, subtle and stimulating. For the first time, the composer worked with Portugese singer Dulce
Pontes when they recorded the song “A brisa do coração” which makes its appearance several times in the
film and is presented here both in its original form and in a shorter, edited version. His score subtly features
Fado, a Portugese style of music in which a woman as the singer is accompanied by one or two guitars.
Morricone’s score consists of several themes and motifs the composer cleverly weaves together. “Sostiene
Pereira” starts with a rhythmic pattern for wood blocks, one that recurs throughout the score and serves
as its backbone before several instrumental groups consecutively join in with various motifs. The score is
intricately developed in that Morricone uses all these various separate elements in other cues but in different
arrangements and constellations.
Ennio Morricone’s rich and vibrant score was released on CD in 1995. In collaboration with Sony Music
Germany, we are proud to re-release it with detailed liner notes by Stephan Eicke, featuring Christopher
Slaski’s precise transcription of the film’s main theme for study purposes. The 40th CD-release of Caldera
Records also features elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and
1. A brisa do coração (La Brezza Del Cuore) (6:51)*
2. Il Simbolo (6:31)
3. Vendetta (1:18)
4. Chitarre (4:52)
5. Sostiene Pereira (3:35)
6. Valori Ritrovati (3:55)
7. Assassinato (2:49)
8. Manifestazioni (1:57)
9. Sostiene Pereira (Edit Version) (3:25)
10. Rotativa (4:12)
11. A brisa do coração (Edit Version) (6:27)*
*sung by Dulce Pontes