The first official compilation by the acclaimed flamenco fusion/jazz/soul vocalist from Palma de Mallorca, En Mi Piel: The Best of Buika collects highlights from the four excellent albums she recorded between 2005 and 2009. This CD set concentrates on her projects with producer Javier Limon, and while it does not feature , it includes many tracks not available on her original albums. Her two superb contributions to Pedro Almodovar's 2011 film La Piel Que Habito ( "Por el Amor de Amar" and "Se Me Hizo Facil" ); and two previously unreleased tracks, "Sueno con Ella" and "Como Era."
Intouchables is the official soundtrack to the Oliver Nakache/Eric Toledano-directed comedy-drama based on the true-story relationship between rich quadraplegic Philippe (François Cluzet) and his ex-prisoner hired help Driss (Omar Sy). Its 15 tracks contain snippets of dialogue from the film alongside several instrumentals from Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi ("Fly," "Writing Poems," "Una Mattina"), Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins/String Orchestra Op. 3, No. 8, and classic songs from George Benson ("The Ghetto"), Nina Simone ("Feeling Good"), and Terry Callier ("You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman") that are featured prominently in the Tokyo International Film Festival award winner.
The film was a sensation and audiences all over the world were entranced. It was hugely influential and ushered in a whole era of Comedy, Italian Style. Aiding and abetting the mischievous fun was the wonderful score by Carlo Rustichelli. Rustichelli, born in 1916, had begun working in film in 1939 and by 1962 had become a hugely popular composer for Italian films. His first film for Pietro Germi was Lost Youth in 1948 and thus began one of the longest and most fruitful director/composer collaborations ever, with Rustichelli composing scores for all but the first of Germi’s films – eighteen in total. He also worked with other directors such as Billy Wilder, Mario Bava, Gillo Pontecorvo, Luigi Comencini, and provided scores for countless sword and sandal films, spaghetti westerns, crime films, and just about every genre imaginable. He was a superb melodist, and Divorce, Italian Style is rife with great themes, which all serve the film perfectly. In fact, the film would be unthinkable without Rustichelli’s wonderful and tuneful score.
Over a period of five years, Swiss directors Norbert Wiedmer and Peter Guyer documented the activity of legendary producer Manfred Eicher, the founder and driving force behind ECM Records, whose advocacy of progressive jazz and of classical composers like Arvo Pärt, Meredith Monk, Valentin Silvestrov, and György Kurtág changed the landscape of contemporary music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The film Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher was released in 2009 and this 2011 soundtrack album is made up largely of tracks taken from previously released ECM albums that Eicher produced, some from as early as 1980. Most of the pieces are low-key and understated and feature chamber ensembles, although there are several piano tracks and several featuring orchestra or chorus. The album has a mix of selections from ECM's classical and jazz repertoire, and from the label's specialty, the many pieces that lie somewhere in between the two.