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Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Contaminazione CD (album) cover


Il Rovescio Della Medaglia


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.18 | 287 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars I've always loved baroque and classical music.did you really think I could ever have rated such an Opus differently?

Contaminazione is what its name represents! A tangle of different arrangements, instruments and moods all based on a conceptual idea: Johann Sebastian Bach's life and works (1685 - 1750). Life and career of this great composer and musician were curiously confined to a very limited geographical space, in the then various german states, whilst his OPERA are famous and known in all the world and were very important for the development of classical music that came after. In my opinion, whith Vivaldi, Bach is the apex of Music!

Why Il Rovescio della Medaglia, after releasing two so called "mediocre" prog-albums (La Bibbia and Io Come Io - "Me Like Me") , decided to test theirselves withg this "monstrum" of classical music? Maybe times were mature for the band and for its progressive temper! By the way they were helped and supported by the argentine composer Luis Enriquez Bacalov, who had already worked with New Trolls for their Concerto Grosso. The most impressive tracks here are Cella 503 and the shivery closer La Grande Fuga. this is Prog at its best!!

The complete title of the album is " Contaminazione, about certain ideas of certain preludes and fugas from the Well Tempered Harpsichord of J. S. Bach".

Try to imagine all that instrumental variety and that sublime marriage between 70s' keyboards, synths and strong Martin Barre-looking-like electric guitar with all those baroque orchestral instruments like harpsichord, piano, strings, classic guitar, trumpet, flute et cetera...

Lyrics are not to be remembered, though, having only a marginal and secondary role! This is an important thing to underline, because usually lyrics have a great importance in all italian scenario. Here lyrics are important only for some precious informations about Bach's life. For example the complete lyrics of the seventh song Johann are: " Johann, Johann Sebastian Bach had 21 sons, 20 he raised up, 1 he Scotland".

1973 was THE year and so, through RDM, flew all the classicism that influenced so much, in particular, all italians' culture and, in general, all the 70s' progressive musical movement!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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