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NELLA PIETRA E NEL VENTO

Aldo Tagliapietra

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andrea
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4 stars Aldo Tagliapietra is the historic vocalist and bassist of Le Orme, a band that he contributed to found in 1966. In 2009 he went solo and, after a double unplugged live album, in 2012 he self released an interesting studio work with the help of some members of The Former Life, a very promising young prog band from Vittorio Veneto. On this album, titled "Nella pietra e nel vento" (In the stone and in the wind), the line up features, along with Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, bass), Aligi Pasqualetto (piano, Minimoog, keyboards), Andrea De Nardi (electric and acoustic guitar), Matteo Ballarin (organ, keyboards) and Manuel Smaniotto (drums, percussion). There are no long, complex suites here but just ten beautiful ballads with a mild progressive rock vein that in some way recall the atmospheres and the melodic passages of some albums by Le Orme such as "Elementi" or "L'infinito" while the art work by Paul Whitehead adds a touch of charm and mystery.

The opener title track is a melancholic piece about time passing by. It was inspired by some words in Latin carved in an ancient sundial, Felicibus brevis miseris hora longa. Time can cover with a magic veil memories and nostalgia even if it is too slow for those who have to wait, too fast for those who are scared, too long for those who feel pain, too short for those who are happy.

The following "Silenzi" (Silences) brings a gust of optimism and the atmosphere is brighter. What will remain of us after our time will come to an end? Nothing can last forever except our souls and a smile which will shine in the silence of immensity.

"Il santo" (The saint) was inspired by the character of the Dalai Lama. It tells about a meeting with a smiling man born from a dream, with no home nor land but with a border-less love in his eyes.

The delicate, sweet "La cosa più bella" (The most beautiful thing) is dedicated to Aldo Tagliapietra's grand-son Francesco Ian while the following "Un grande giardino" (A wide garden) is for all the children of an ancient mother called Life, flowers of light in a wide garden who need all our love to grow up.

"Sette passi" (Seven steps) is full of spirituality and was inspired by the character of Siddharta. It evokes the morning wind and a peaceful, almost magic sense of freedom where flowers shine in the infinite.

"C'è una vita" (There's a life) invites you to open your mind, look beyond appearances and search for the life that flows inside your heart... "There's no light without dark / There's no night without day / There's no sound without quiet / There's no peace without war / Inside every pain there's a hidden love / In every morning there's the evening...".

"Tra il bene e il male" (Between good and evil) features on bass the guest Claudio Galieti who was a member of Le Orme in the sixties. It's another track that draws some reflections about the meaning of life in a world divided between silence and noise. We have to walk on a tightrope hanging on the void, between joy and pain in the never ending game between good and evil.

"Dio lo sa" (God knows it) is full of positive energy, almost an ode to a merciful God who is aware of our weakness. For Him we're just angels living between dream and reality who keep on rolling down from a steep hill like stones, lost in the dark and looking for an ephemeral freedom that we can't find.

The conclusive "Il sutra del cuore" (The sutra of the heart) in some way is linked with the title track and closes the circle. It invites you to open your mind to love without hypocrisy nor fear. You have to forget the evil ways and look for love without any compromise, you have to carve in the stone all the positive things and remember all the love you have received from the others. As for the bad memories, let the wind blow them away and keep on searching for the light of love, beyond the immensity.

All in all a very nice album!

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Send comments to andrea (BETA) | Report this review (#923074)
Posted Monday, March 04, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars Believe me, not only because Aldo Tagliapietra was the lead vocalist of Le Orme for many many years was the reason I listened to this album. I like and love Aldo's voice, he's a great person as well. When I knew about the album Nella pietra e nel vento, I was expecting something relax, very alike the italian folk prog; I wasn't wrong, a very good album indeed. It contains a lot of elements of italian prog music; however, the album focuses more on Aldo's singing and playing the guitar and the compositions are quite good. Do not expect exactly the same to Le Orme, but the album is really recommendable. When you hear an album for the first time and there's something that catches your attention, definitely it will be a good album, that happened to me with Nella Pietra e Nel Vento.

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4 stars The sovereign and robust voice of ALDO TAGLIAPIETRA of LE ORME fame forms the focal point of a collection of lushly romantic rock ballads. Its style is not unlike the more recent LE ORME albums of which Aldo was part, or the de facto mellow second track of many earlier albums. Apart from the vocals, the instrumental backing positions the album as on the fringe of progressive rock. But is it good? Yes it is a delight to the ears with more than enough solid instrumentation, imaginative arrangements, and vocals that don't so much stack up against the best in the business, as set the bar themselves.

The album manages to be consistent without sounding samey, as a variety of moods are presented. Wistfulness is a high priority but several more breezy and energetic pieces lift the heavy heart. If Italian lyrics are not understandable, Andrea's review can help, but Aldo's craft is in the musical equivalent of emotional intelligence. Sometimes prog connects with the mind so deeply that the heart can only follow, but this is pure heart and soul. Enjoy without guilt, that's an order!

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Posted Saturday, August 10, 2013 | Review Permalink
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3 stars One of the most unique voices and gifted composers in the history of Italian Rock, Aldo Tagliapietra was born in 1945 in Murano and was a founder member and 40-year long leader of Le Orme, with whom he produced some of the finest Italian Prog during the 70's.He released his first solo album in 1984 during Le Orme's first break, while in mid-90's, at the time when his group was back for good, he met Budhaditya Mukherje and starts his studies on sitar.This would lead him to compose the work ''Il viaggio'' in 1998, released only some 10 years later along with an autobiographical book on his own writings.After a tour in Canada Tagliapietra decided to leave Le Orme in one of the most shocking departures in Italian Prog and two years later he records a 2-CD work with the greatest songs from his old band's repertoire.2012 finds him putting out his new work ''Nella pietra e nel vento'', where Tagliapietra sings and plays bass next to guitarist Andrea De Nardi, keyboardist Matteo Ballarin, drummer Manuel Smaniotto (all members of Former Life) and keyboardist Aligi Pasqualetto.

You can't go wrong with a Tagliapietra album, that is surely a fact, even if his old progressive days are a thing of the past.In this album the former Le Orme leader focuses on creating well-crafted and elaborate melodies in a modern Singer/Songwriter style, although his beautiful voice recalls his period with LE ORME.With two keyboardist around the sound is dominated by sensitive piano themes, light organ washes and intense moog synthesizers, always supported by the trippy vocals of Tagliapietra.His past form has not abandoned this monumental figure of Italian Prog, not in a simple second.Romantic soundscapes and mellow symphonic flourishes are still in the menu with melodic keyboard runs, while the music becomes even nicer in the electrified moments, hailed by De Andri's nice guitar solos.There are no weak tracks in here despite the lack of progressive development, ''Nella pietra e nel vento'' is a collection of Italian-flavored songs with a poetic atmosphere, where an impressive melody or a retro-styled keyboard theme is followed by Tagliapietra's ability to come up with emotional and thrilling singing moods.

Essential release for all fans of the softer side of LE ORME and lovers of sensational melodies.Tagliapietra still belongs among the most important figures of Italian Rock and this album is the purest proof.Warmly recommended...3.5 stars.

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