Jeremy Abbott’s Life Is Beautiful

Review by Vladislav Luchianov

Today I would like to tell a little about the music which Jeremy Abbott presents in this season in his free skate program. Composer Nicola Piovani was up to the task, producing a score rich with Mediterranean sensibilities that managed to extend its appeal beyond the usual Southern European market for the plethora of similar music for Italian cinema.

Piovani had already been active in that industry for two decades, writing music that was sometimes mistakenly assumed to be that of Ennio Morricone (under a pseudonym). Until Life is Beautiful, however, he was little known in America, and there was speculation after the score won the Oscar for 1998 that he could launch a successful international career.

That win, however, sat about as well with film music collectors and some industry insiders as Luis Bacalov’s Oscar for Il Postino in 1995. Both small-scale, arthouse Italian scores beat far superior competition in their respective years, most notably stealing gold statues from James Horner and John Williams.

Cup of Russia – Final Standings (top five):


1 Miki ANDO JPN 174.47
2 Akiko SUZUKI JPN 172.74 
3 Ashley WAGNER USA 167.02 
4 Agnes ZAWADZKI USA 153.78 
5 Valentina MARCHEI ITA 153.71 


1 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 182.70
2 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRAN JPN 165.47 
3 Amanda EVORA / Mark LADWIG USA 162.85 
4 Katarina GERBOLDT / Alexander ENBERT RUS 160.42 
5 Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS CAN 154.67 


1 Tomas VERNER CZE 230.31
2 Patrick CHAN CAN 227.21 
3 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 217.21 
4 Samuel CONTESTI ITA 207.30 
5 Alban PREAUBERT FRA 204.68 

Ice Dance:

1 Ekaterina BOBROVA / Dmitri SOLOVIEV RUS 154.33 
2 Nora HOFFMANN / Maxim ZAVOZIN HUN 142.09 
3 Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOV RUS 134.79 
4 Kristina GORSHKOVA / Vitali BUTIKOV RUS 127.47 
5 Lucie MYSLIVECKOVA / Matej NOVAK CZE 123.70 

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