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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.75 | 235 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars ".to die, to sleep, maybe to dream." (William Shakespeare - Hamlet - a. III, sc. I).

These are the most important (English) words on which this magnus opus is based on!

It was 1971 when New Trolls chose to open with a crescendo of baroque strings their Concerto Grosso, composed and orchestrated by the incomparable Luis Enriquez Bacalov, who also worked later (in 1973) on Il Rovescio della Medaglia's Contaminazione. The memorable Vivaldi's compositions are their inspiration here most than Bach ones, in my honest opinion!

Concerto Grosso is an ambitious work that rapidly became one of the most important and influential masterpiece in all the Italian progrock scene! The album title comes from a baroque musical entertainment form, popular around the end of the 18th century. A Concerto Grosso, in particular, was made by three movements and a song: here there's "Allegro", "Adagio", "Andante con Moto" and "Shadows", a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The whole second side (20.30 minutes long) features, literally, an "empty room improvisation", rich of musical contents and ideas, including an interesting drum solo. Baroque music, hard rock "a la Jethro Tull", a jazzy feel and haunting melodies. A dramatic mix and a theatrical strong structure.

It was already written: I had to immediately fallen in love with this 1971 album! All that delightful equilibrium and memorable performance of the band, all that powerful it would be possible for me to dislikes it?

Essential: a must have album in my opinion, a classic work objectively!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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