Dick Contino, prodige de l’accordéon, a brisé sa carrière à cause de son service militaire. La peur panique l’a fait déserter, condamner avant d’y être expédié puis réhabilité à son retour par le Président. Mais il porte la marque de lâche. …
"Barenboim continues to favour a forceful, big-scale reading with often deliberate speeds for the slower numbers, a musically accomplished, thought-through account of the crucial finales to Acts 2 and 4, lively treatment of the recitative, finely-honed playing of the wind, alert rhythms and an avoidance for the most part of appoggiaturas…John Tomlinson is much better suited by Figaro than he was by Alfonso, but still wants in tonal focus…but he does at all times create a lively personality, a force to be reckoned with…" (Gramophone)
Contino, is an eclectic roots music band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of Pete Contino on accordion, Billy Truitt on keyboards, Al Ek on guitar and harmonica, Jim Lovgren on drums and Rob Edwards on upright bass. Their lively and distinctive mixture of blues, Americana, rockabilly, and zydeco have been earning them an ever-growing fan base both in North America and Europe. Back Porch Dogma is their Blind Pig label debut, features a guest appearance by singer Maria Muldaur.
A superbly atmospheric John Barry score effectively conveyed the mood of swinging London for this 1965 film by Richard Lester. Usually playing around with variations of the haunting main theme, Barry used vivacious horns, melancholic strings, and above all a groovy jazz organ (played by Alan Haven). A couple of the tracks don't work well in isolation: the vaudevillian "Something's Up!," and the vocal version of the main theme (not used in the film) by mediocre singer Johnny De Little. But overall, it's got a consistently captivating groove, rating as one of Barry's best scores.