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The Nice


Symphonic Prog

3.29 | 114 ratings

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1967/ 1976
4 stars I'll be honest: "Ars Longa Vita Brevis" is not a masterpiece but it is probably the first true Prog Rock album in history. The Rock arrangement of Sibelius' "intermezzo from Karelia Suite" caused a scandal at the time, but today it still sounds like a piece innovative, fresh and magic. Although it was not the first example of such a mix (classic Music and Rock). Also good is the long suites in 6 parts that is the last track of the original album that contain the version of rearranged 3rd movement of "Brandenburg Concerto". But today this suite sound not so good as in 1968. For the rest "Ars Longa Vita Brevis" remain a good album but too typical of late 60's mentality in music.

Remain the fact that "Ars LOnga Vita Brevis" is a good example of early Prog and Symphonic Prog, also if in an embrional phase. But, sure, a good album.

1967/ 1976 | 4/5 |


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