Ennio Morricone signs record deal with Decca aged 87
Italian composer follows recent Oscar win with deal for compilation album Morricone 60, to be performed with Czech National Symphony Orchestra
At 87 years old, most musicians might be thinking of putting their feet up and taking stock of their career … but not Ennio Morricone. The Italian composer, famous for his film scores, has just announced a new deal with Decca Records, celebrating six decades of music making. The deal comes off the back of Morricone’s first ever Oscar win, which he won in February for his soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight.
Morricone will curate a greatest hits album, entitled Morricone 60, later this year. It will span his entire career, from spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West to other hits such as The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. The album will feature new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
In a statement, Morricone said: “After the success of The Hateful Eight score, 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 is also due to play his first ever UK show outside of London this month, appearing at Blenheim Palace on 23 June as part of Nocturne Live.