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PIERROT LUNAIRE

Pierrot Lunaire

 

Prog Folk

3.54 | 73 ratings

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geezer
4 stars ****1/2

The debut album of this group offers a blend of symphonic, folk rock and classical. There are also touches off avant-garde that would greatly evolve in the next album. The overall sound is rather pastoral, though not as pastoral as with a group like Celeste, and with some renaissance/baroque feel as well. Pierrot Lunaire had a great keyboardist Arturo Stalteri and this album truly offers some of the tastiest piano lines in progressive music. He is a classically trained pianist and it shows, as his playing resembles the style of the great composers. There are a few songs also that are more acoustic guitar driven. The guitarist Vincenzo Caporaletti provides also some nice flute lines. It is however notable that all the best tracks in this album are composed by the third member Gaio Chiocchio who plays various instruments, mainly percussions. Fans of classical and pastoral sound should appreciate this great album.

The album starts with "Ouverture XV", a great instrumental piece and showing the classical influence of keyboardist Arturo Stalteri. Other highlights include "Lady Ligeia", "Il re di Raipure", "Sotto i Ponti", "Arlecchinata" (my favourite) and "La Saga della Primavera".

One should notice that the follow-up album Gudrun is totally different to this debut album. It is very avant-garde and so much that it is hard to believe it is the same group. It is much more an acquired taste but fantastic nevertheless.

Conclusion: This can be considered a classic.

geezer | 4/5 |

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