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Le Orme

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1
1. Florian (6:40)
2. Jaffa (3:05)
3. Il mago (3:00)
4. Pietro il pescatore (3:20)

Side 2
5. Calipso (3:40)
6. Fine di un viaggio (4:40)
7. El gran senser (7:10)

Total Time: 31:35

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Line-up / Musicians

- Aldo Tagliapietra / cello, classic guitar, vocals
- Antonio Pagliuca / piano, harpsichord, harmonium
- Giuseppe (Michi) Dei Rossi / vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion
- Germano Serafin / violin, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, mandolin

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LP Philips (6323 086) 1979

CD Philips 842 508-2 (1990)

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LE ORME Florian ratings distribution


3.72
(91 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
18%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by loserboy
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5 stars For those who do not know the music of Le ORME you are missing out for sure. In my opinion this is one of the greatest true essays in sound surrounded by the lush music of Le ORME. During the early 80's Le ORME changed their approach to music and began to explore as they did on "Florian" some non-traditional instruments and song arrangements. I have heard this album put down for far too long and can not accept the thoughts/opinions of many of my prog peers out there in prog land. This album is great with the lights down low and the ol headphones on. "Florian" is full of grandeur and very much progressive influences. In many ways this is my favorite Le ORME record and always seems to have a magnetism for my ears. This is another essential recording... so place your orders today!

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Posted Sunday, March 14, 2004

Review by lor68
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3 stars Well this album is absolutely underrated and often unknown as well. It deserves another half star at least,as it's an unplugged tasteful album with a Medieval mood, but also with symphonic breaks through, absolutely inspiring. Besides this is another hidden gem, which seems perfect to be performed in a theater (along with "Contrappunti")... even though for instance another fine album such as "Contrappunti", unlike this "Florian", is closer to some albums by ELP and completely different in comparison to it. But anyway both albums represent something strange and not complying with their standard, except on the commercial (a few ones) pop songs of that èpoque, above all within the present "Florian", but it never minds.In fact for example another underrated work, "Di Terra" by "BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO", was totally out of contest,especially by regarding of their usual mood...it was an imprinting by Di Giacomo & company, and some critics considered this issue as a failed attempt to innovate their style: actually the real state of things was different and this is the same destiny which coupled BANCO to Le ORME.At the end I'm not surprised about such change of direction!! Recommended!

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Posted Saturday, April 03, 2004

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars I always felt something special for Italian prog' not only because they developed a clear symphonic style but also by the addition of something special and unique, their national and artistic identity.

Le Orme is a band that can change from strong and bombastic ELP or Genesis oriented music to a precious and delicate Renaissance or Classical sound, as if we were not before a rock band but in front of a small Orchestra.

It's a hard album to review because of the variety of instruments they use and for my limitations in Italian, but I'll try to do my best.

"Florian" is a Renaissance and classical oriented album extremely beautiful, maybe a bit boring for those who expect something as complex and powerful as "Felona e Sorona", but not less rewarding for the progressive fan that only wants to listen great music despite the orientation of the band.

The first track "Florian" deserves the masterpiece qualification as no other song before, the soft orchestra delights with their precision, the violin and clavicembalo give the exact atmosphere, followed by piano and small orchestra, is simply perfect.

"Jaffa" is a more Renaissance oriented track where the violin, piano and vocals blend in a perfect way, the Italian phonetic helps very much to achieve the perfect atmosphere.

The violin piccicato with which starts "Il Mago" (The Magician), gives a perfect idea of how this song will develop, more rhythmic than the previous creates an atmosphere of a medieval juggler with his mandolin who he tells the story of a magician that can fight against evil with great powers exceeding the ones that Circe (The Odyssey) had.

"Pietro Il Pescatore" (Peter the Fisherman) has a clear relation to Saint Peter "Quando una nuova alba il gallo annuncerà le chiavi perderai" (When one new dawn the rooster announces the keys you will lose) in clear allusion to his denial and the keys of Heaven, a simpler song for violin, piano and vocals, maybe the weaker of the album not being bad.

"Calipso" is another beautiful song with acoustic guitar and piano, also very simple but not always complex is better, the violin solo is so melancholic that almost brings tears to my eyes. The song is almost an ode to the inspiration represented by Calipso.

"Fine di un Viaggo" (End of a Trip") is a happier song despite the nostalgic title, good mixture of violin, piano, mandolin and vocals, not only about a journey that ends but about a new one that starts.

"El Gran Senser" is the perfect closer, a great instrumental where violin and percussion take the lead role at the start, followed by piano and the rest of the small orchestra grows in strength and power until the middle were is soft but with some suspense as to prepare for the explosive ending.

A real unplugged album recorded long before MTV had the idea of doing something similar but without the great quality and imagination, a must have for any progressive or even classical fan, because both will enjoy it the same.

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Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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4 stars This was my first introduction to the music of LE ORME, and I liked it much! Here the light classical chamber music meets artistic folk rock, and there are also some hints of the non-chaotic works of ZAPPA included. The first album of UZVA also resembles this album a bit. If I should introduce some progressive rock music to a person who is interested only in classical music, I would start with this. Highly recommended!

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "Silent is the sea... it wouldn't give its treasures nevermore. What have you done, my old Peter, during this long winter?"

Florian could seems a Le Orme's unplugged album, but it represents all the efforts of the band toward new musical directions. Florian is the famous and ancient coffee-bar in St. Mark Square, Venice. For those who came there (nearby my home), as tourists, it'll easy to remember, in that unique square and in front of the Basilica and the Bell Tower (fallen down in 1900, then rapidly re-built), an ancient coffee-bar with always classical music played live by a trio or quartet band. So did Le Orme with their 1979 album. It's a homage to that ancient tradition of their town: cello, classic guitar, piano, harpsichord, armonium, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, violin, buzuki, acoustic guitar, mandola and percussions are the ingredients for a more relaxed and intimistic release from one of the most important Italian bands. And so we can hear to such a delicate and delightful soft classical music rich of poetry because of the good lyrics inspired part by New Testament (Peter The Fisherman) part by myth (Calipso and Il Mago with references with Homerus' Odissey).

Le Orme's trade mark is definitively gone. Prog was then in great decline.which was the better way to make music for the mind? Le Orme answered with this interesting piece of art.

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Posted Saturday, October 29, 2005

Review by andrea
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5 stars By 1979 progressive rock was a kind of music on the wane. While some bands tried to survive turning to pop or even to disco music, Le Orme went against the tide and released an amazing album with a strong classical flavour, "Florian". All the tracks were completely played with classical instruments and this work sounds like a kind of "ante-litteram unplugged" blending classical chamber music and progressive rock forms. The line up here features Aldo Tagliapietra (violoncello, classical guitar and vocals), Antonio Pagliuca (piano harpsichord and harmonium), Michi Dei Rossi (vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel and percussion) and Germano Serafin (violin, acoustic guitar, bouzouki and mandola). In studio they were helped by their historic producer Gian Piero Reverberi and the result is excellent.

The opener title track is a beautiful long and complex instrumental. Well, Florian is the name of an ancient, famous and typical Café located in the main square of Venice, Piazza San Marco, where you can usually listen to classical music while sipping a drink and this piece tries to evoke a timeless and dreamy atmosphere. Violin, piano, vibraphones and percussion perfectly interact drawing magnificent musical landscapes where lights and shadows chase each other. From Venice in the past the ships of the merchants set off on the routes leading to the Middle East. On this album from Venice we can set off on a musical journey through the Mediterranean Sea as well...

Our next destination is "Jaffa", an ancient port on the coast of Israel. Music is delicate and dreamy while lyrics contain some references to the Holy Bible. "Long time ago Moses struck a rock with his staff / And the coolest water sprung out from nothing / The sun hid itself, bread came down from the sky / And peace came back...". It's just a way to make you reflect on the present... Today they dig a dream on the hot sand and a river of sweat waters new roots while a new paradise comes into view and the desert smells of orange flowers. Well, Israel is one of the main producers of orange fruits and it's a paradox that they have to destroy large amounts of oranges just to keep high the market price while nearby so many people are starving... "In my country the old olive trees are praying / They hold necklaces of black pearls / The golden fruits that the sun gives you like dew are seeding rage, sacrificed in the ditches...".

The lively and sarcastic "Il mago" (The wizard) warns you against false promises and charlatans... "I met a wizard who can cure any ill / He can save you from evil spells and drive envy away / He spies the planets in the sky and manages your future...". According to an old interview with the band the character of the wizard was inspired by the then president of the U.S.A. Jimmy Carter and by his ephemeral recipes for peace, "good like peanuts!". Music has a strong Mediterranean flavour and in the lyrics you can even find some references to the Odyssey... "Pick up the omen Circe, your spells are outdated... Follow the new charm / Peace rules all over the world / What a magic power has a charming smile...". It's a fact that peace in the Middle East is still a very difficult goal but who can tell what kind of surprises the future will reserve to us?

"Pietro il pescatore" (Peter the fisherman) was inspired by the character of St. Peter. Music is quiet and dark... "The sea is silent in the mystery / It doesn't give you its treasures anymore / What have you done my dear old Peter during this long winter? Maybe your nets are corroded by time...". Here the character of St. Peter is a metaphor to describe a difficult moment for the Catholic Church that seemed incapable to understand the needs of the new generations... "Listen to these voices coming from afar / Now they're crossing sacred mountains and large rivers / You stand still on the cliff to contemplate another sunset / While the echo frees new truths in the evening songs...".

"Calipso" (Calypso) is another committed track dedicated to the United States of America. Calipso was a nymph in Greek mythology who lived on the island of Ogygia where she kept Odysseus for many years. According to the band, here Calipso is a metaphor of the U.S.A. keeping Italy in a golden captivity through their politics. But Italy is by now a country which follows the way lighted by the immense statue of Calipso, the statue of Liberty... "Set your beloved hero free / You welcomed and fed him / Now he's very sad / He want his country back / Even if the night was so warm under the starred flag... Set your beloved hero free / He's a friend of your dreams / Now he's awake, you know / He can't wait for the day / Even if the night was so warm under your starred flag...". There is no rage, the music is sweet and melodic. The band express their love for some American ideals and dreams but you can also find in this track the pride for their Italian roots leading to the quest for a new freedom...

"Fine di un viaggio" (End of a journey) is a fine track about the end a musical journey. A delicate classical guitar arpeggio and soaring vocals set the atmosphere... "Here the long journey you made came to an end / Now you have to wake up from your sleep / I leave you to your destiny / I'm not following you anymore / My ship has reversed its course / Stop to dream, my friend...". Well, in 1979 the magic ship of prog could seem just as a wreck, as an useless shadow to forget and it was high time to change musical direction, to drop out the drums and to go out looking for new sounds...

We are now back in Venice for the last track of the album, the long instrumental "El gran senser". In the dialect of Veneice the "senser" is a matchmaker, one who arranges or tries to arrange marriages... In this track the band manage to blend the classical legacy of Antonio Vivaldi with more experimental forms. Just close your eyes and imagine to walk through "calli", "ponti" and "campielli", the streets, the bridges and squares of Venice while breathing the magic of time. When you're tired you can sit in a café in Piazza San Marco and listen to this album again...

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars On this 1979 release LE ORME play relaxing, acoustic music. Everything is restrained almost like an "unplugged" release. Understand an all-acoustic album is not my favourite style of music, but I can really appreciate the absolute beauty of it. Violin, piano, acoustic guitar and vibraphone are the main instruments used here, while the vocals are gentle and fragile. The closest song to being catchy is "Fine di un Viaggio".

They would get back to more passionate music in the future but I have a hard time with this one. I know those who really like this record but a low 3 stars is the best I can do.

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Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This is a special album in "Le Orme" discography.

Forget their flamboyant style, forget about the lush and bombastic keyboards. What you get here is some classical music, vaguely tinted with progressive elements as well as some folk influences. I am not much into these musical genres. Be it performed by "Le Orme".

There are of course some good songs like "Il Mago" which features again great and subtle vocals from Aldo Tagliapietra. Emotional as always. Still, the musical background music with these cello and Latin American sounds is not what I was expecting from this band after the very good "Storia O Leggenda" album released two years prior to this one.

I am not at all in-line with my fellow reviewers but I can't help. I just don't like this (extremely short) album too much. Some beautiful vocal harmonies are saving this album ("Pietro il Pescatore" and "Fine Di Un Viaggio") but this is not enough to my taste.

The tranquil and closing "El Gran Senser" doesn't speak to me either. Too much classical to my taste. But again, all tastes are in nature. I have to admit that I have never liked the mix between rock and classical music (the exception being the early "ELO" albums) and I am not very enthusiast about such essays.

Two stars.

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Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars LE ORME was clearly becoming a more overtly commercial enterprise as the 70s wore on, culminating with two excellent albums in that style: "Verita Nascoste" and "Storia del Leggenda", and, with the decade drawing to a close, one might have expected that trend to continue. but the group's first 10 years had been full of surprises, and "Florian" would be one of the biggest and boldest, simply by virtue of its unplugged nature and move to a more classical romanticism.

For the more adventurous prog listener who doesn't insist on a minimal rock quotient, the opening and closing cuts are the most interesting as well as being the longest. Both instrumental, they employ orchestral instrumentation in a partially unstructured manner. However, they lack the emotional impact and concise expressions of the remaining tunes, which fit loosely into an acoustic soft rock vein analagous to the MOODY BLUES or AMAZING BLONDEL, to a point. In particular, "Calipso" is a gem, with a delicate yet robust melody in which the acoustic guitar and piano back Tagliapietra's soft and sensitive vocal. The man even plays a poignant violincello here, while Germano Serafin takes on the more familiar violin. This combination of lighthearted and baroque warmth permeates "Jaffa" and "Il Mago" as well, while "Fine Di un Viaggio" is closest to singles territory thanks to a more rousing chorus.

If your taste in prog ranges to the classical, lite jazz and/or folk, you will find something to like in "Florian". even if you may not dig the whole 33 minutes. Ultimately, the half star gets added to commemorate Le Orme's bravado in taking on such a project at such an unlikely moment in popular music history.

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Posted Monday, November 23, 2009

Review by apps79
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3 stars ''Storia o Leggenda'' was a great comeback for Le Orme,but the band had other plans.They limited their live appearances in order to broaden their musical horizons,especially working over classical composition.Tagliapetra left the bass for classical guitar,Serafin left the guitar for the violin and mandolin and De Rossi experimented with marimba,vibraphone and glockenspiel.The next album ''Florian'',named after the most famous cafe in ,Piazza San Marco,Venice,was published in 1979.

Le Orme had always definite classical influences,but this time the whole music on this album is dreamy Classical Music,far from anything they created in the past.This very short album,just over 30 minutes,offers exactly what a symphony can offer.Delicate harmonies,mellow passages and dramatic turns over often light interplays.To listen to the voice of Tagliapietra over this kind of sound is kind of strange.Pagliuca strikes again with his excellent work mainly on piano,but what really shines is the memorable performance of Serafin on violin: Soft,calm but always confident performing.The overall sound is not totally unsimilar to Le Orme's sound,the band had always a romantic and smooth approach on progressive compositions with absence of really bombastic cmoments,but ''Florian'' sometimes ends up to be extremely calm for even the standards of the band.A couple of tracks though remain in the all-time favorite Le Orme list ,like the eponymous relatively complicated opener and the dreamy and harmonic ''Fine di un viaggio''.

The serious critics around the time supported this work,but be warned that this album contains no sign of rock music,just hints of rock attitude due to the relationship of Le Orme and Classical Music.A good album for a relaxing mood,headed to all people who love pure symphonic arrangements.

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Posted Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars A major shift and an exceptional, unique work

After eight studio albums in the rock and progressive rock realms, Le Orme made a major shift in style on their ninth album. However, rather than taking the predictable route so many prog bands tried in the late 70s Le Orme instead took a huge gamble. They released an album of classically inspired music, a marriage of chamber music, occasional folk touches, and their own experimental imaginations. The result proved successful on a critical level and no doubt on a personal level as the band managed a work of art in this difficult period which is loved by many to this day.

I think this album works so well because they have managed to avoid the many pitfalls that could trip up something like this. The songs are very melodic and yet not sappy or sweet. They sound quite ambitious, definitely progressive in the longer tracks, and yet never did it feel forced or contrived. Last, they managed to do something completely different from what they had done before, to turn their previous sounds on their ear, and yet still manage a final work that sounds thoroughly Orme. Relaxing acoustic guitars lead the way, yet this is no simple "unplugged" set whereby popular band X simply strums away to their hits. This has the same quest for creative worth as any of their better-known works. Atop the guitars are lively and restless strings, a violin lovers delight! Ditto with the piano, beautiful playing abounds. The percussion element is unique, trading basic drumming for hand percussion integral to the actual song, not just background beat-keeping. Finally, when Aldo does sing his voice is wonderfully complimentary to the album, bringing some warmth and familiarity to music that could initially be jarring to old fans of Le Orme.

The album is bookended by the two most progressive works, with prettier and simpler (yet still fine) tracks in between. The dramatic themes of the opening title track "Florian" are so interesting- here you are listening to this subtle chamber-style piece, yet in your head you can definitely "hear" the 1972 Orme playing this in full classic prog-rock mode, with the huge keys and loud rhythm section, and thing is, it works just as well here. There is naturally more beauty in this presentation and the power/impact, while subtle, clearly remains there for those paying attention. "Jaffe" is beautiful beyond words, with Aldo's voice and delicate strings punctuated by harpsichord providing that well considered richness of tapestry that would put the album over the top. "Fine di un Viaggio" has a bit more of a folk feel with the mandolin and sticks out a bit, the weakest track but still OK. The album closes with the other truly progressive monster, a perfect bookend to the opener "Florian." Like the opener it could easily be modified into a fully bombastic rock piece with electric guitars and banks of keys, but is instead the alter ego, refined, restrained, yet detailed as hell and fully engaging listening. These two pieces are ghosts of progressive rock epics.

So without question, dive right into Florian and give it some weeks and months to assimilate. It is a very rewarding album and not just for RPI fans, I think frankly anyone could enjoy this album. Involving and rich like a superb Cabernet, Florian is an excellent album. Very nearly a masterpiece, this album will tangle with their two early giants for the title of "my favorite Orme album." Just set aside your expectations and be prepared for a very different listening experience. Play this one only when you in the mood to kick back, relax, and give it your attention.

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5 stars Not diverse than classic albums. Only a great piece of acoustic music! In 1979 Prog is not a popular music. But sure for Le Orme this is not a problem. First because Le Orme rediscovered the classic albums ('Uomo Di Pezza', 'Collage'...) and second because these rediscover is produced with ac ... (read more)

Report this review (#227632) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Monday, July 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 1979: the punk rush had convinced almost everyone that progressive rock sucked, New Wave was already in (let's admit it: with also very good results - would you say that Joy Division, Gary Numan or the Bauhaus were bad?) and Disco Music had already become everybody's nightmare. What could a ba ... (read more)

Report this review (#116940) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Saturday, March 31, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars this le orme album its very well compossed and its very mellow. the violin here takes the first place and the sound its very classical. they make a beatiful piece and the passages in some songs are so harmonic and looks like they meant to be love songs. Aldo Tagliapietra was really inspired i ... (read more)

Report this review (#36433) | Posted by | Monday, June 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Florian is the name of an ancient, famous and typical Café of Piazza San Marco in Venice (Le Orme's hometown) where you can usually hear artists perform classical music. This album has been named with the same name of this café and it represents an effort to blend classical music influences (m ... (read more)

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