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Franco Leprino


Progressive Electronic

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5 stars The cultured forms of art in Europe and in the West in general manifested since the year One Thousand for the most with music which certainly could reach all easier. How to forget the magic of Classical Music, its power to harmonize thoughts and the being? How many excellent Classical artists have laid the foundations for all music inspiring almost all Progressive Rock? Many. I think the evolution of Classical Music could be Electronic Music, and one thing that associates these two genres is the attention and the passion needs to appreciate them. But talking about Electronic music, is inevitable links it to Progressive Music, an inseparable binomial especially for its explosion in which they walked hand in hand. So Electronic Prog could be considered a pure form of intellectual experimentation? Absolutely yes! We can appreciate many examples, also if in most varied forms, originate from Germany where often they melt with Krautrock until confusing them, but in general there are of them from all over the World. Some timid examples (fortunately) appears also in Italy. The pioneer at the beginning was Franco Battiato with his first four albums. But this is another story. Here we're talking about another multifaceted Franco always come from Sicily and lover of Electronic Music.

Franco Leprino is a musician, musicologist, composer, writer of theatrical and multimedia shows, he studied guitar composition and Electronic Music, graduated in International Legal Disciplines in 1977 and in DAMS (faculty of the performing arts) in 1986; He is Professor of music and Visual Arts, and we can continue for many other activities. After played in many rock bands (which I can't find traces) he starts is solo career experimenting new electronic sonorities. The result is INTEGRATI...DISINTEGRATI (integrate... disintegrate) in 1977. He released in 2009 another work "Franco Leprino 1977-1978.

The album is a real masterpiece as for Electronic Music as for Progressive Rock. Is a Work made with care for particular never boring, with a wonderful Classical aptitude but never abandoning the experimentation. The real innovative meaning is the strong presence of acoustic guitar (Franco Leprino) that dictate the main themes, with the support of electronic architectures, piano (Arnaldo Ciato) some classical instrument sometimes like oboe. It's a Work mature and proud but at the same time an intimate and reflective, which is proposed with 2 long epic tracks. It alternates romantic arpeggios interrupted by silent pauses and then lulled by increasing organ and synths (Franco Lazzaro) waves on a background classical motive. All seems created as if by magic, as if the music had its own life, created to transfer the listener in a parallel dimension looking the World flying over it. After this flight touches down to a ground adventurous, where born a baby and his crying light on the electronic soul of this album. Remembering Franco Battiato beginnings a galloping synth piece gives us Leprino's skills and then a Classical piano with flute (Alfio Squaiella) and oboe bring us back to another dimension, different from previous, but still load of passion. Some harmonics and then another beautiful arpeggio with oboe goes to conclude this first unbelievable "Part 01", so, without a particular name, letting free the imagination.

"Part 02" starts with an electronic theme similar to the first part beginning, but like an Opera divided in two movements with several variations. The rhythm change became psychedelic with a dissonant organ and a synth and then come back the baby's crying that let these moments of the piece gloomy. Echo-harmonics lets the scene to let play the main theme with many variations and electronic effects. After a flashback to an adventurous Floydian atmosphere in Echoes style, starts another arpeggio with a beautiful flute in RPI style remembering "Era Di Acquario". Continue the variations where alternates guitar and organ going toward the end of the piece, from here remembering the RPI. The album ends with an increasing mix of Classical Music "electronized" reprising the main theme with beautiful flute variations.

An unbelievable composition able to deeply move letting free your imagination. An excellent orchestra of electronic sonorities enriched by a Classical knowledge and an adventurous essence for experimentation. An Opera to getting know better, by jealously guarding.

5 Stars - Art...

Utnapishtim | 5/5 |


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