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3 stars EKSEPTION was an underrated band. The pieces they played were traditional gems of classical music in rock (and sometimes jazz) tempo, with not extremely complex arrangements and without innovation, but plenty of beauty.

There are few own compositions in some albums, but not here. This compilation is entirely instrumental and, of course, if you see the track-listing, you'll know that chosen themes are masterpieces of classical music. The lower points are some simplicity and the weak percussion section, but -in the other hand- Rick van der Linden is the keyboardist: even if this kind of music isn't your favorite, you MUST hear mister Rick playing. He is an absolute genious, a wizard. Just his performance justifies the album purchase.

EKSEPTION respected the original classical pieces and didn't recreate them in the CANARIOS ("Ciclos") or IL ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA ("Contaminazione") vein. This Dutch band wasn't so refined and didn't take a lot of compositive risks, but his stuff well worth a listen, and this album is an excellent place to start.

Recommended, specially for those who love classical music beside progressive rock. 3 1/2 stars

Marcelo | 3/5 |


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