Kronos Records was established in 2008 by GODWIN BORG with the aim to bring to light the works of illustrious and other less famous composers from various eras of film music. Film music is an often unfortunately underestimated and under-appreciated art form that we care very much to promote and will always put all our efforts fo keep on promoting this noble art form in all ways possible. KRONOS RECORDS is a label for film music lovers and ran by film music lovers.
Our First title CONTATTO CON L'ORIENTE : OMAGGIO AL MAESTRO AKIRA IFUKUBE was released on the 9th June 2009 as a limited edition of 500 individually hand-numbered copies. This CD was originally published in 1988 by SLC Records Japan and sold out the same year. Iconic figure Prof. Roberto Zamori of Hexacord Records remastered this cult recording for us One of the most sought for cd's by IFUKUBE fans was finally brought back to light, many beautiful performances, including a spectacular piece by Legendary singer Edda Dell'Orso, accompanied by her husband Maestro Giacomo Dell'Orso! Some copies still are available for ordering.
Our Second release, the soundtrack for the film ANITA : UNA VITA PER GARIBALDI, a beautiful, melancholic score for the film about Anita and Giuseppe Garibaldi composed by MARCO WERBA was released on the 13th October 2009. Less than 100 copies left!
Our third release, ARAGOSTA A COLAZIONE was published for the first time ever on CD in 2010 by yours truly. The soundtrack by Italian Jazz swing icon late Maestro PIERO UMILIANI Previously released only as LP in a limited edition of 200 copies in 1979 on UMILIANI's own label SOUNDWORKSHOP and it was never commercially available. Now for the first time in over 30 years this recording is available for the first time to the public for a very limited amount of time, some copies still available.
Our fourth work which unfortunately was never available for sale is another work by MARCO WERBA, his grand score for Horror Maestro DARIO ARGENTO's GIALLO. The cd was made into a promotional relaease for the composer. I would like to thank everyone who showed interest in this release, actually an immense interest howeveruntil this very moment it is still not possible to produce this cd for the general public.
November 2010 saw our 5th public release LETHE & TAGE WIE JAHREN (Days Like Years) two film scores on one CD by rising German composer CHRISTOPH ZIRNGIBL
For our 5th release we also stayed on German ground with composer ANDRE MATTHIAS and his superb score for Kyrgyz film THE LIGHT THIEF (Svet-Ake) .
JULY 2011 KRONCD006 TEMPTATION + LA FIGLIA DEL CAPITANO Music by PIERO PICCIONI
Kronos Records is proud to present for the first time ever on CD two musical gems from the late Maestro Piero Piccioni; TEMPTATION (1968) and LA FIGLIA DEL CAPITANO (1965).
The music on TEMPTATION is beautiful, chilled and sensual. The ensemble plays a lovely blend of jazz and lounge with hints of bossa that make this a very recognizable Piccioni work, an easy listening, chill score for the 1968 film directed by Lamberto Benvenuti and starring Mark Damon and Stefania Careddu.
LA FIGLIA DEL CAPITANO (The Captain’s Daughter) was a TV adaptation of Puskin’s “Kapitanskaya Dochka”, directed by Leonardo Cortese and starring Amedeo Nazzari, Umberto Orsini and Lucilla Morlacchi shows us a more dramatic facade to Piccioni’s ample composing skills. This score for orchestra is solemn, romantic and very evocative of the high period of classic Italian drama.
NOVEMBER 2011 KRONCD007 AFRICA TO-DAY Music by PIERO UMILIANI
Kronos Records is proud to present for the first time ever on CD a library music collection of tracks by legendary Maestro PIERO UMILIANI.
The tracks present on this compact disc were previously issued between 1971 and 1975 on three privately issued vinyl LP's on UMILIANI's own label LIUTO and OMICRON : AFRICA (1971), POLINESIA (1972) and CONTINENTE NERO (1975) and recorded at SoundWorkShop Studios in Rome. The pieces of this collection blend jazz, funk, world music and progressive rock with percussive breaks, marimba solos, piano riffs and moog licks in a state of the art performance by Piero and his orchestra.
Piero Umiliani was a great traveler and has done so with the eyes and ears of the musician. Listening to Africa-Day is not just a musical experience, it is a journey into the infinite world of
Piero, a journey through his love for music and life.
FEBRUARY 2012 KRONCD008 EROE VAGABONDO Music by FRANCESCO De MASI
Kronos Records is proud to present for the first time ever on any format the soundtrack to Walter Santesso's (Paparazzo from Fellini's La Dolce Vita) Italo-Spanish film from 1966 EROE VAGABONDO. Music by the iconic Roman composer FRANCESCO De MASI (1930-2005)
The soundtrack of Eroe Vagabondo boasts a number of truly outstanding performers: the guitars are played by none less than ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI, the Maestro’s assistant and close friend, who's guitar playing we know in innumerable films and Dino Asciolla; impeccable soloist who has performed on hundreds of works by the Roman composer, plays the viola. Maestro De Masi conducts the Orchestra da Camera di Roma in this heart wrenthing gem, available to the public for the first time ever.
While listening to the 18 tracks on this CD, we can let ourselves be carried to the post World War II period. The main theme of Santesso’s Eroe Vagabondo, which we find in many different arrangements in other tracks, presents a poignant and catchy melody, that is able to find a place in your mind since the first listen. But there are also great moments of love (L'Amore di Noč) and rural Iberian flavoured atmospheres (“Terra di Spagna” and “Il Circo”). Moreover, having been born in 1930, the master knew very well that certain feelings were part of his life-luggage and knew how to express them in music with the same effectiveness.
JUNE 2012 KRONCD009 MAD DOG Music by FRANCESCO De MASI
Kronos Records is proud to present for the first time ever on CD format the soundtrack to Fabrizio De Angelis 1984 action film MAD DOG. starring JOHN ETHAN WAYNE, HENRY SILVA and ERNEST BORGNINE. Music by the legendary Roman composer FRANCESCO De MASI (1930-2005)
The solo trumpet is that of NELLO SALSA, a student of Maestro De MASI at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome where the latter was Professor of Orchestral Practice. The young musician, many years later performer of Benigni’s Oscar winning Life is Beautiful (1997) started out with this soundtrack. The harmonica is played by none less than the world's most famous harmonica player (at least among us lovers of the genre) FRANCO De GEMINI.
The soundtrack existed up to now only as 33 rpm LP released by Beat Records (publisher of the OST) and has become quite rare and coveted by collectors. This CD release so much wanted by Godwin is the fair recognition to one of Maestro Francesco De Masi’s most successful works of the 80’s, that truly deserved to be rediscovered in digital audio format. Whoever does not get this in his collection would truly be commiting an unforgivable mistake!