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Notturno Concertante


Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 22 ratings

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4 stars NOTTURNO CONCERTANTE are back with mesmerizing compositions and a really elegant flow throughout. What a nice show! Lucio Lazzaruolo and Raffaele Villanova are building the band's inspirational and musical core since 1990, the year when they had released their debut 'The Hiding Place'. Well, after all it took eight years to offer something new to the prog scene, but the wait was worth it. 'Let Them Say' is different to what we know from this band so far. It has become a profound eclectic album with a mix of symphonic, classical, jazz, and traditional folk traces. The recordings see them also intensively collaborating with drummer Francesco Margherita, hence consequently he's listed as a regular band member on this occasion.

Furthermore they have invited several guest musicians. A good move in general, if one is intending to serve something really colourful, provided with diversified impressions. Some of them already have appeared on prior albums. Though not Japanese citizen Seto Nobuyuki, for what I know. He contributes extraordinary soothing as well as slightly weird clarinet portions, exemplarily on Fellow Travellers and Handful Of Hopes. A real attraction. I mean, I'm still detecting new impressions. It's a relaxed and charming experience predominantly. Bearing a jazzy touch the drumming totally fits, no question, comes to the point.

You will hear wonderful violin and cello all around, plus ethereal female voices on Dei Miei Sospiri for example. Delicate Sabbath transfers a special rhythmic elegance with Latin/Samba touch. Acoustic guitars all over, and nice piano solo excursions on Darkness I Became. So Far Out even really rocks with driving electric guitar and bass. So there's a plenty to discover. Now Let Them Say (the band) ... ''an instrumental album which essentially consists of a sort of crossover of various influences, from ethnic to electronic music, to jazz and rock influences' ... Yep, a proper conclusion, nothing more to add. 4.5 stars.

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