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AUTUMN SYMPHONY

Hostsonaten

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.92 | 92 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars When I first heard the opener of this album I said: WOW!

Hostsonaten meets MILES DAVIS! I could not believe that! What kind of RPI or italian symphonic prog is it? The way Zuffanti & co. have painted the fall season is simple and effective: they decided to use jazz patterns, irregular drums and trumpet... I knew it was about falling leaves... it's hard to judge which (and how many) will fall next... so the music.

A similar choice they made for the excellent "As the Night Gives Birth to the Morning"... a duet of trumpet and bagpipes. Then trumpet again in a slow (Shhh-Peaceful) pressing crescendo.

These two numbers are the gems of the record. Unfortunately you can't find anything else like them (the second half of "Out of Water" apart). Just imagine the typical folk (acoustic guitar) and pastoral (flute) side of the band, the symphonic extended atmospheres (the mighty mellotron, graceful grand piano, violin, viola, cello and oboe as in "Out of Water"), the dreamy electric guitars (sometimes a la GENESIS-Wind and Wuthering as in "Leaves in the Well"), the fascinating minimoog' solos, even eastern koto's gentle touches and... the said bagpipes.

"Elegy" is a classical-based aria full of melancholy, sung (no lyrics) by Simona Angioloni (singer in ARIES), I think the one and only sung-track in all the Hostonaten's Four Seasons.

I can't decide if i like this one or Winterthrough more. For sure Autumnsymphony is more eclectic. Way better than the highly acclaimed Summereve, their last effort.

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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