December 21, 2006 11:47 ET

DRG Records to Release New Live CD by Legendary Soundtrack Composer Ennio Morricone

"Arena Concerto" Will Be Released on January 30th 2007; Live Companion DVD, "Arena Concerto," to Follow on February 13th, 2007

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 21, 2006 -- DRG Records is proud to announce the release of "Arena Concerto," a brand new, 2-disc CD recorded live in Verona, Naples and Rome, Italy by legendary soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone. The release features 20 of Morricone's incredible compositions recorded live with a 150-piece symphony orchestra and 100-member chorus. "Arena Concerto" is Ennio Morricone's first live recording CD ever.

Following this release, DRG Records will also release a live DVD on February 13th, 2007. Titled "Arena Concerto" as well, the DVD was recorded entirely in Verona, Italy and features a 90-minute bonus interview with Morricone, plus other features. This is the first live Ennio Morricone DVD release

Morricone will be awarded an honorary Oscar® at the 2007 Academy Awards for his incredible and prolific film scores of the last 5 decades.

He will also play in the U.S. for the first time ever at a rare concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York on February 3rd.

Although Morricone is famous for his memorable scores to "Spaghetti Westerns," many helmed by the great director Sergio Leone, including "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West," Morricone has composed the score for more than 500 films and TV series to date, including "Cinema Paradiso," "The Untouchables" and "The Mission."

The tracklisting for "Arena Concerto" is

Disc One
1.      The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Main Title)
2.      Once Upon a Time in the West
3.      A Fistful of Dynamite
4.      The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (The Ecstasy of Gold)
5.      The Working Class Goes to Heaven
6.      Casualties of War
7.      The Desert of the Tartars
8.      Richard III
9.      The Desert of the Tartars (reprise)
10.     Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)
11.     The Mission
12.     In Earth As It Is In Heaven (from The Mission)

Disc Two
1.      Deborah's Theme (from Once Upon a Time In America)
2.      Cinema Paradiso
3.      The Master and Margaret
4.      Canone Inverso - Making Love
5.      Rampage
6.      Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
7.      Battle of Algiers
8.      Love Theme from 1900
Also available on DRG Records are other Morricone titles, including "Cinema Paradiso," "Ennio Morricone: The Gangster Collection," "Ennio Morricone: Main Titles Vol. 3," "An Ennio Morricone Anthology," "Ennio Morricone: Main Titles Vol. 1," "An Ennio Morricone & Dario Argento Trilogy," "Ennio Morricone Anthology," "Ennio Morricone: Spaghetti Westerns Volume One," "Volume Two," "Volume Three," "The Stendhal Syndrome," "The Phantom of the Opera" (directed by Dario Argento) and more!

About DRG Records:

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, DRG Records has been a leader in Broadway cast recordings, film soundtracks, jazz and legendary cabaret performers. Recently, DRG has taken on a large-scale venture in releasing long-out-of-print & first-time-on-CD releases. The label has received numerous Grammy Awards and nominations for its cast recordings and vocalists. DRG is a division of KOCH Records and KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. For more information on the labels and roster of artists, please visit

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