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CONCERTO

Angelo Branduardi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.16 | 6 ratings

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clarke2001
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3 stars A huge live recording that is making a great dissection of Angelo Branduardi's career (up to 'Gulliver').

This lengthy live record is a bit of an oddity: for a folk or progressive rock or italian music enthusiast it could be considered a gem. The biggest flaw - in my opinion - is actually the same characteristic that could be applied to the entirey Branduardi's catalogue - it's a bit soft , even from a folk point of view I think it's often missing the 'beef'. But don't let that discourage you, it's not 'new agey', and it's not to poppy neither. Musicianship is great - and if you enjoy RENAISSANCE for their technical side, you will enjoy this one too, it's only less 'hollow'.

It's a good dissection of Branduardi's work, varying from the calming folk lamentations to the toe-tapping pavanas, often stepping deeper into prog rock territory, with sudden changes of pace and mood. Some of the songs were sung in English (Old Men And Butterflies; The Song Of Eternal Numbers...) , there's a version of PENTANGLE's 'The Trees They Do Grow High', called 'Gli Alberi Sono Alti' (and it fits nicely signor Branduardi's voice), there's a fair amount of songs from each of his albums, and my two favourites are enchanting melody in 'Cogli La Prima Mela' and a great prog folk 'Il signore di Baux'. There's also a great usage of clarintets, oboas and ethnic percussions that realy made epic porg folk masterpiece - this live record contains a few more gems up its sleeve, but you should find it yourself.

My complaint, as usual, is a about the length of the record. Unlike many live records of the erea, this one is too long - while the material is very good, it's not always outstandingly excellent - which is not a bad thing per se, but at the end of the day, it does drag a bit. There's a moment when he's announcing every band member on stage..including the lighting technician. However, there's a lot to be appreciated, but it might require a while to get into and show itself in its full perspective: a huge, lengthy recording, varying from excellent to average folk. However, I recommend it.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |

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