Today, international superstar cellist HAUSER debuts “Theme for Ennio,” a touching tribute to his dear friend and renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone, performed with and composed by Ennio’s son, acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist, Andrea Morricone – listen here. Andrea, who will soon embark on the Ennio Morricone – The Official Concert Celebration world tour, pays homage to his father, the late Maestro Ennio Morricone with this delicate and heartfelt performance. A special music video is available today, featuring the duo of Andrea Morricone at the piano and HAUSER with his cello, alongside footage of Ennio Morricone throughout the intimate showcase – watch here.
Over many years, Andrea Morricone has become well known for his work in both the conducting and composition fields. Amongst his many compositions his most famous perhaps is “The Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso, on which he collaborated together with his father and for which they won a BAFTA Award.
“My father composed countless themes for the characters in films and I felt that the best way to honour him was to write a theme that captures his soul and personality. The result is the Theme for Ennio,” says Andrea. “I was following HAUSER for quite a while as he caught my attention not only because of his formidable performance on the cello, but also because of his playful and modern approach to contemporary music. When I learned that he loved my father’s work and that he recorded a number of Ennio’s compositions in 2020, I was convinced that he was the right artist to record the Theme for Ennio. I am delighted and honoured that he has accepted my invitation to record this composition together, which holds huge emotional value for me and my family and I hope that audiences will enjoy the release on Sony Masterworks and during my concerts. I consider this the start of a new chapter, adding to the long history of my father’s legacy.”
Meanwhile HAUSER, fresh off the release of his Billboard chart-topping new full-length album THE PLAYER, which is out now via Sony Music Masterworks (listen here), shares Andrea’s sentiment in the gift of appreciation for the late musical icon.
“To me, it is a deep honour to collaborate with Andrea on this beautiful tribute song,” says HAUSER. “Ennio Morricone is, of course, a legend who has inspired so many with his music, myself included. I hope that “Theme for Ennio’’ creates a moment of reflection and comfort to all of Ennio’s friends and fans.”