Header

PIERROT LUNAIRE

Pierrot Lunaire

Prog Folk


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Pierrot Lunaire Pierrot Lunaire album cover
3.40 | 49 ratings | 14 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy PIERROT LUNAIRE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ouverture XV (3:19)
2. Raipure (4:45)
3. Invasore (4:21)
4. Lady Ligeia (2:39)
5. Narciso (5:13)
6. Ganzheit (2:33)
7. Verso il lago (0:53)
8. Il re di Raipure (3:47)
9. Sotto i ponti (7:22)
10. Arlecchinata (3:25)
11. La saga della primavera (3:38)
12. Mandrangola (2:15)

Total Time: 44:10

Lyrics

Search PIERROT LUNAIRE Pierrot Lunaire lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search PIERROT LUNAIRE Pierrot Lunaire tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Arturo Stalteri / piano, organ, vocals, spinet, eminent , celesta, percussion
- Vincenzo Caporaletti / acoustic, classical & electric & 12 string guitars, bass, drums, flute
- Gaio Chiocchio / sitar, mandolin, vocals, guitar, Hammond organ, cymbals, timpani

Guest:
- Laura Buffa / vocals (10)

Releases information

LP It ZSLT 70025 (1974)

CD It/BMG ND 74114 (1989)
CD MPR MPRCD 007 (1997)
CD BMG 74321 98331-2 (2003)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to NotAProghead for the last updates
Edit this entry

PIERROT LUNAIRE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy PIERROT LUNAIRE Pierrot Lunaire Music


Pierrot LunairePierrot Lunaire
Import
Imports 2014
Audio CD$4.71
$4.70 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Erwartung - Staatskapelle Dresden/Sinopoli USD $3.08 [0 bids]
1h 44m
Pierrot Lunaire 888750009029 (CD Used Very Good) USD $14.05 Buy It Now 6h 9m
Schoenberg:pierrot Lunaire 0074644846621, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $16.79 Buy It Now 8h 43m
Pierrot Lunaire/Scherzo/Fant/& - A. Schoenberg (1995, CD New) Salome Cammer USD $15.64 Buy It Now 9h 19m
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG**PIERROT LUNAIRE: ODE TO NAPOLEON**CD USD $15.85 Buy It Now 10h 44m
SCHOENBERG / KAMMER / ZENDER / ENSEMBLE AVANTGARDE - PIERROT LUNAIRE NEW CD USD $20.33 Buy It Now 14h 26m
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 / Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 - Ens USD $6.01 Buy It Now 15h 23m
R. Marsh - Pierrot Lunaire: 50 Rondels Bergamasques CD USD $38.99 Buy It Now 23h 32m
PIERROT LUNAIRE ITALY PSYCH PROG PROGRESSIVE AKARMA 180g LP lim 300 ex! USD $29.59 Buy It Now 23h 46m
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Scherzo/Fant/& [CD New] USD $17.08 Buy It Now 1 day
Pierrot Lunaire/+ - Schafer/boulez/eic New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $22.08 Buy It Now 1 day
SCHOENBERG / RATTLE / NASH ENSEMBLE - PIERROT LUNAIRE NEW CD USD $14.87 Buy It Now 1 day
Tre - Pierrot Lunaire (2011, CD New) USD $14.27 Buy It Now 1 day
PIERROT LUNAIRE - TRE (IMPORT) NEW CD USD $24.49 Buy It Now 1 day
PIERROT LUNAIRE - PIERROT LUNAIRE (IMPORT) NEW CD USD $23.21 Buy It Now 1 day
R. MARSH - PIERROT LUNAIRE: 50 RONDELS BERGAMASQUES [CD NEW] USD $26.26 Buy It Now 1 day
Schoenberg-Pierrot Lunaire CD Sophie Cherrier, Hideki Nagano, Pierre Boulez USD $4.00 Buy It Now 1 day
PIERROT LUNAIRE Japan 1988 NM CD+Obi GUDRUN 2nd Press Price Mark USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PIERROT LUNAIRE-PIERROT LUNAIRE (ITA) CD NEW USD $21.80 Buy It Now 1 day
Pierrot Lunaire - Tre [CD New] USD $22.49 Buy It Now 2 days
ADES rare stereo LP SCHOENBERG pierrot lunaire JEAN HUCHOT, DEPLUS, CASTAGNER USD $46.50 Buy It Now 2 days
Cleo Laine Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire Charles Ives Songs Rca Red Seal Promo USD $21.05 Buy It Now 2 days
Schoenberg:pierrot Lunaire Op 21 - Marco Angius New & Sealed Compact Disc Free S USD $25.44 Buy It Now 2 days
Tre - Pierrot Lunaire New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping USD $28.14 Buy It Now 2 days
SCHONBERG (SCHOENBERG): Pierrot Lunaire-SEALED1969LP Frederich Cerha USD $13.95 Buy It Now 2 days
PIERROT LUNAIRE - TRE 77 UNISS 3rd ALBUM TRKS + STUDIO DEMOS & TRIBUTE TRACKS CD USD $21.95 Buy It Now 2 days
RECORD SOCIETY 6165 SCHONBERG - PIERROT LUNAIRE ORIG AUS PRESS. GATEFOLD SLEEVE USD $15.64 Buy It Now 2 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Scherzo/Fant/& CD USD $21.19 Buy It Now 2 days
A. Schonberg: Pierrot Lunaire 4010228677829, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $27.18 Buy It Now 2 days
SEALED GPDD Winner: Boulez - Schoenberg PIERROT LUNAIRE - Everest 3171 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Schonberg: Pierrot Lunaire/Ilona Steingruber/Golschmann/Vanguard Stereolab VG++ USD $10.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire 0028947905639, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $17.38 Buy It Now 3 days
SZIKLAY, MIHALY - SCHOENBERG pierrot lunaire WEBERN, BOULEZ - HUNGAROTON LP EX+ USD $20.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Hilliard Ensemble - Roger Marsh Pierrot Lunaire - NMCD127 USD $32.85 Buy It Now 4 days
SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire vinyl LP Herbert Zipper STEREO USD $10.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Pierrot Lunaire (Craft, Lso) CD NEW USD $10.28 Buy It Now 4 days
CBS SCHOENBERG PIERROT LUNAIRE MINTON ZUKERMAN HARRELL DEBOST BOULEZ NM USD $7.49 Buy It Now 5 days
Schoenberg,A. - Pierrot Lunaire/Herzgewachse (CD New) USD $13.01 Buy It Now 5 days
PIERROT LUNAIRE - GUNDRUN 1977 2nd ALBUM ITALIAN AVANT PROG MIX REMAST SLD CD+2x USD $24.95 Buy It Now 5 days
SCHOENBERG:PIERROT LUNAIRE BY BOULEZ/BBC SYM. ORCH (CD) USD $15.15 Buy It Now 6 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Herzgewachse [CD New] USD $11.78 Buy It Now 6 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21/Evangelisti Ensemble Prometeo/A [CD New] USD $17.44 Buy It Now 6 days
CD: Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Lied der Waldtaube; Erwartung by Janis Martin, USD $5.20 Buy It Now 6 days
Boulez/Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire JPN OW7571EV USD $23.00 Buy It Now 7 days
Marsh,R. - Pierrot Lunaire: 50 Rondels Bergamasques (CD New) USD $29.76 Buy It Now 7 days
Pierrot Lunaire (Craft, Lso) CD NEW USD $11.94 Buy It Now 7 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire op 21 (1912); Evangelisti: Die Schach. 801157033962. USD $20.32 Buy It Now 8 days
Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire, cond. Herbert Zipper, 12" LP, MONO USD $24.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Webern Concerto Op. 4 CD Chandos, Simon Rattle USD $7.74 Buy It Now 8 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire [CD New] USD $19.78 Buy It Now 8 days
Pierrot Lunaire - A. Schoenberg (2008, CD New) USD $19.19 Buy It Now 8 days
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire LP PROMO Jan DeGaetani NONESUCH '71 rare oop!! USD $14.00 Buy It Now 8 days
Arnold Schonberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21/Suite, Op. 29 SACD / Hybrid NEW USD $19.48 Buy It Now 9 days
Pierrot Lunaire CD NEW USD $11.24 Buy It Now 9 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire - Pierre Boulez(CD, Germany) USD $6.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21 LP Nonsuch NM Sterling Robert Ludwig Stampers USD $6.00 Buy It Now 9 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Serenade, etc / David Atherton by Mary Thomas, John USD $4.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Chandos ABR 1046 Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire / Webern Simon Rattle 1984 NM/EX USD $37.98 Buy It Now 9 days
ARGO RG 54 ED1 GROOVED OVAL *LEIBOWITZ SEMSER * SCHOENBERG PIERROT LUNAIRE USD $77.50 Buy It Now 10 days
JANSSENENGELENHET COLLECT - SCHOENBERG: PIERROT LUNAIRE AN - FUG504 USD $19.60 Buy It Now 10 days
FLORET SILBA ST VERY RARE ITALY PROG JAPAN ONLY ORIG LP PIERROT LUNAIRE USD $75.88 Buy It Now 10 days
Westminster XWN 18143 mono Vg SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire ETHEL SEMSER/ LEIBOWITZ USD $4.00 Buy It Now 10 days
Arnold Schonberg Pierrot Lunaire Usko Merilainen Kinetic Poem SALP-4 NM USD $16.21 Buy It Now 11 days
NONESUCH Schoenberg DeGAETANI "Pierrot Lunaire" WEISBERG H-71251 USD $6.00 Buy It Now 11 days
SEALED Everest LP Domaine Ensemble BOULEZ / PIERROT LUNAIRE / op. 21 SCHOENBERG USD $38.00 Buy It Now 11 days
Schoenberg Rado Prometeo Angius - Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21 Dig CD USD $21.39 Buy It Now 11 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Herzgewachse CD USD $19.19 Buy It Now 11 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire CD HARMONIA MUNDI (FRA) USD $11.19 Buy It Now 11 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire CD NAXOS USD $16.69 Buy It Now 11 days
REINHOLD FRIEDL - SCHONBERG PIERROT LUNAIRE: CHEAP IMITATION NEW CD USD $15.51 Buy It Now 12 days
SCHOENBERG - Pierrot Lunaire / Serenade etc - CD Classical - DAVID ATHERTON USD $12.23 Buy It Now 12 days
SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire Ode To Napoleon CD (1998) Schäfer Boulez Deutsche Gra USD $15.50 Buy It Now 12 days
Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire Opus 21 - 1969 VINYL LP - Escribano Cerha - RARE USD $15.50 Buy It Now 12 days
SCHOENBERG/Staatskapelle Dresden/Sinopoli: Pierrot Lunaire/Erwartung 2002 EU CD USD $4.65 Buy It Now 12 days
Pierrot Lunaire Op. 21/Evangelisti - A. Schoenberg (2014, CD New) Ensemble USD $16.25 Buy It Now 12 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire / Serenade / Die Eiserne Brigade, , Good Original re USD $6.48 Buy It Now 12 days
Schoenberg,A. - Pierrot Lunaire (CD New) USD $12.60 Buy It Now 13 days
Schoenberg,A. - Pierrot Lunaire/Lied Der Waldt (CD New) USD $7.59 Buy It Now 13 days
Pierrot Lunaire (2014, CD New) USD $9.01 Buy It Now 13 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Webern: Concerto, Op. 24, New Music USD $7.60 Buy It Now 13 days
Pierrot Lunaire * by Pierrot Lunaire (CD, Sep-2014) USD $13.10 Buy It Now 13 days
BOULEZ dirige SCHOENBERG - PIERROT LUNAIRE / SERENADE - HELGA PILARCZYK USD $20.34 Buy It Now 13 days
Pierrot Lunaire [CD New] USD $16.05 Buy It Now 13 days
Pierrot Lunaire - Pierrot Lunaire New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping USD $26.88 Buy It Now 13 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire/Lied Der Waldt [CD New] USD $7.90 Buy It Now 13 days
Pierrot Lunaire: 50 Rondels Bergamas (CD Used Very Good) Marsh (NAR)/Hirst (SOP) USD $24.26 Buy It Now 13 days
MMG DIGITAL Arnold Schoenberg PIERROT LUNAIRE Thome McNalley D-MMG-111 USD $8.95 Buy It Now 14 days
A. Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire [CD New] USD $11.67 Buy It Now 14 days
SIMON RATTLE CD AUSTRIA IMPORT Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire / Webern: Concerto USD $10.75 Buy It Now 14 days
PIERROT LUNAIRE NM Arnold Schoenberg Herbert Zipper Gilbert Kalish Loft Sopkin USD $17.56 Buy It Now 14 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op 21; The Book of the Hanging Gardens, Op. 15, , A USD $20.65 Buy It Now 14 days
PIERROT LUNAIRE 3x7 POEMS BY ALBERT GIRAUD LP CONCERT-DISC 1962 CONNOISSEUR USD $9.99 Buy It Now 15 days
Pierrot Lunaire - Schoenberg / Pilarczyk / Bergmann / Castagner (2014, CD New) USD $25.66 Buy It Now 15 days
Pierrot Lunaire CD NEW USD $8.00 Buy It Now 16 days
Schoenberg / Pilarczyk / Bergmann / Castagner - Pierrot Lunaire [CD New] USD $23.41 Buy It Now 16 days
Pierrot Lunaire/Lied Der Waldt (CD Used Very Good) Minton/Martin/Norman/Zukerman USD $5.90 Buy It Now 16 days
Roger Marsh - Pierrot Lunaire (50 Rondels Bergamasq... USD $36.40 Buy It Now 16 days
Pierrot Lunaire/Herzgewachse - A. S (CD Used Very Good) Schaefer*Christine (SOP) USD $9.78 Buy It Now 17 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (20C series), 0028947905639, A. Schoenberg USD $14.15 Buy It Now 17 days
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (Boulez), 4010228677829, Louis Montaigne USD $22.51 Buy It Now 17 days
LP pierrot lunaire
PIERROT LUNAIRE
~ USD $20.59


More places to buy PIERROT LUNAIRE music online Buy PIERROT LUNAIRE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for PIERROT LUNAIRE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

PIERROT LUNAIRE Pierrot Lunaire ratings distribution


3.40
(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (24%)
24%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

PIERROT LUNAIRE Pierrot Lunaire reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by loserboy
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Delicate captivating Italian prog with some real sumptious melodies and classic touches. Without a question PIERROT LUNAIRE would be the perfect CD to order this summer as you relax listening to some great prog sucking back the odd beverage. PIERROT LUNAIRE combine all the classical elements with superb Italian progressive rock flare. PIERROT LUNAIRE are highly techincal yet soft and melodic with a theatrical feel throughout. Instrumentation is abundant and highly skilled with loads of great grand piano, synth, guitar and bass throughout. Vocals are in Italian as you would expect which are rich and full of harmonies. Living true to their title PIERROT LUNAIRE is full of great classical - symphonic prog waiting to be discovered... Highly recommended!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars Asone would expect it , this album might have influences of Arnold Schoenberg's series of early 20th century classical song. Well not really, you might want to check out the second and much different sounding album for that. On this one , we find some sort of folk-rock (very acoustic and at times slightly medieval) full of delicate ambiances sometimes reminding me of Hoelderlin's Traum (the german band whose debut is one of my top 20) and in some case also of Genesis's Tresspass. Most numbers are short acoustic pieces that sometimes let you wish they had developped the theme a little more - in that respect Lady Ligeia (my fave on this album) is way too short.

An absolute plus in any proghead collection.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Pierrot Lunaire started their recording career with a really interesting album. The predominantly acoustic instrumentation, the delivery of pleasant melodic lines all throughout the repertoire, and the lack of a specific drummer (guitarist Vincenzo Caporaletti handles drum duties in some pieces) are the clear symptoms of a bucolic orientation of the band's prog offering, not unlike Celeste, for example. But we mustn't be led to believe that this is just pastoral music: just like their fellow countrymen of Celeste, PL introduces a disturbing touch of dissonance and density that makes the pleasant turn into mysterious here and there. And yet, the disturbing ingredient is integrated softly and naturally into sonic whole, without breaking its bucolic basic essence. Somehow it enters the spectrum as a nuance of fog or a breath of chilly air that at first seems to shake the overall purity of a virgin landscape. but no, that hazy cloud and that unexpected winter breeze serve actually as a subtle source of complementation for the general serene tendency of the music, and an added color that acts as a hint of some sort of potential tension that remains hidden underneath. All this can be perceived in 'Ouverture XV', 'Invasore', as well as the syncopated 'Lady Ligeia' (the mean bass lines and the soaring string synth layers effectively wrap the piano motif) and the delicately somber 'Narciso'. 'Arlecchinata' includes some exulting piano and organ interludes between the recurring main motif statements. Here we also have 'Raipure' and 'Il Re di Reipure', which portray the group's bucolic tendency more frontally, serving as an effective showcase for the typical Mediterranean feel. The same goes for the high-spirited 'Sotto i Ponti', which kind of reminds me of the acoustic side of early PFM. The closing instrumental 'Mandragola' is the weirdest piece in the album: upon an almost martial piano-bass basis, a series of harmonies delivered by frantic organ and synth harmonies and some mean guitar leads, the motif marches on until an acoustic coda (a brief classical guitar reprise of the previous track) comes in as a source of extreme contrast. In conclusion: "Pierrot Lunaire" is a very good album that should have a place of honour in any good prog collection. I add an extra half-star to the rating.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by soundsweird
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars After hearing some of their second album on the radio, I mail-ordered both albums. Well, I do like "Gudrun", but this debut just doesn't do much for me. Good musicians and promising instrumentation, but that's about it. Melodies are either simplistic or non- existant. Of course, if you're into semi-improvised jamming, or "noodling", as I like to call it, then there's plenty here for you. Several tracks start out just fine, but become static or include an annoying instrument or riff. I'll say it again: life's too short to listen to pretty good music, prog or not. If there was one great song, I'd keep the disc. There isn't.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Very few Italian bands are categorized in the prog-folk genre. And this ''Pierrot Lunaire'' (whose name sounds more French than Italian) displays a wide range of good prog feelings: folk (but not too much), symphonic and most of all genuine Italian prog like in the excellent opener and well titled ''Ouverture XV''.

This debut album (but there will only be two unfortunately) is of a very decent length in comparison with most of the Italian productions in these ancient times and the music flows very nicely from one song to another. From folk (''Raipure'') to the psyche-medieval ''Invasore'' (what a blend)!

The genuine delicacy of Italian prog being available as well in this debut. Even if short, the almost classical ''Lady Ligea'' is a beautiful keyboards oriented tune which should offers great delights to all prog ears.

The band investigated some more the acoustic psyche roots and performed ''Narciso''. A sweet trip but not too fancy to tell the truth. So far, it is the weakest track from this effort, but not too many damages are made either.

Some Andean feel is provided by the catchy fluting during ''Il Re Di Raipure'' which breaks the lesser interesting mood showed in some previous tracks. I guess that a song as ''Sotto I Ponti'' should bring all the fans of folk, symphonic and Italian music all together: it combines all elements each one would like to hear. The highlight.

Most of this work is pleasant to listen to; once in a while some weakness but overall this album fully deserves three stars (maybe seven out of ten).

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Avant-folk group Pierrot Lunaire prove on their debut album that "avant" doesn't have to mean "dissonant" or "ugly". Tempering their electronic experimentations with gentle acoustic folk melodies, there are points where their debut becomes placid to the point of being tedious - I'm not sure Narciso really needed to be as long as it is, for instance - but when the album comes alive and the synths blare forth there's hints of something more exciting. Still, they're only hints, and on balance the album suggests musical directions which could be interesting to explore more than it actually thoroughly explores them. Later albums from the group would be tighter and more together.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by LinusW
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Italian Prog Specialist
3 stars A strange little thing this one. Italy's Pierrot Lunaire's self-titled first album sits as a wedge between several familiar styles without really conforming to the standards of any of them. Of these styles, folk and the wide spectrum of Rock Progressivo Italiano are definitely the most predominant. Not the strangest or most revolutionary of combinations, but there you have it.

They do however manage to present this package in their own particular and often unique little way. It never really feels comfortable in the prog folk idiom in which it finds itself placed, even though I can certainly see why Pierrot Lunaire is where it is. The music comes across as mostly rather gentle and soothing, with tender, crisp folk melodies and lovely "watercolour" instrumental richness, harmony and warmth. An array of guitars (acoustic, 12-string, electric) and prevalent, warm and pleasant keyboards such as organ and piano tend to do that to an album. With additions of mandolin, sitar and celesta these feelings are further enhanced. All of this is presented with an unusual, but refreshing naiveness and earnestness that is both endearing and easy to digest.

Folk'y, nimble acoustic and electric guitars are all over the place, serving as textural backdrop or playing the sweet and delicate pastoral melodies you immediately pick up on as a first impression. Piano, being a favourite instrument of mine, is also given a big role: cheerfully rollicking, gently phrasing, begging for your attention in the same discreet, lovely and rejuvenating way as falling rain (thank you, Pierre!) or just dominating melodically in the fresh sumptuousness only the piano can bring to music. There is often an air of joyful urgency and expectancy in the music, a youthful impatience and happiness that drives the music. A touch of spring, perhaps? Sometimes it positively surges with bouncy bass lines, energetic acoustic guitar, that rollicking piano mingling with other melodies and other instruments coming to the fore only to drift away into the backdrop again. At times there are more hard-hitting pieces and shades of murkier emotions, a bit more menace and dark energy in the chord progressions and melodies, but it is never really threatening or ominous, just a bit of coldness and/or heat (or to continue with the spring theme - a late frost or a grass fire) now and then. On the whole, it is a fairly dynamic and expressive set of songs.

What lurk as a bit of a constant shadow over the record is the, in my opinion, sometimes rather bland rhythmic constructions and the simplicity of the underlying main motifs that shine through the decidedly stronger musical topping. Partly, this is surely due to the lack of a dedicated drummer, but it reaches further than that, being, as it is, at the basic structural AND melodic core of the album. No added drummer can remedy that, but it could at least give the music more of a much needed backbone on some of these compositions. It is just a bit clumsy and cumbersome, a little too sterile and strict at times. The underlying guitars and (especially) bass make up for it a lot of the time, but it still is a weakness in my eyes.

I also feel that on repeated listens, being washed over by beautiful melody upon beautiful melody with beautiful harmony upon beautiful harmony coupled with the general positive and pleasing vibe of it all can become a little bit grating. There is a tendency for the simple-yet-effective and expected to get the upper hand a little too often, be it dynamically or melodically. Nothing wrong with that per se, but it really is not good enough for it to be a great album in my book. Sure, there is drama to be found, but always a bit toned-down and mellow, staying away from the more flamboyant and heartfelt. No need for an entire album to be like that, but I find myself looking for something a little more red-blooded.

Regardless of shortcomings, I treasure Pierrot Lunaire. It is a wonderful pick-me-up, and if I am looking for an album of this type the energy, earnestness and sometimes heart-achingly beautiful melodies found here are very hard to beat.

3 stars.

//LinusW

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars An eclectic mix of adventurous folk music, classical sophistication and avant-garde daring, the debut self-titled album from 1974 by Italian act Pierrot Lunaire is a unique little treasure in a sub-genre filled with so many daring and thrilling works. The three musicians on this album present an evocative and unpredictable collection of sounds and styles that head in endless different directions, a true case of musical multiple personalities. Classical piano meets with sitar, Hammond organ serenades mandolin and acoustic guitar dances with flute for a range of both vocal and instrumental pieces that also frequently blend medieval, psychedelic and rock music in a subtle and distinctive fashion, with a constant shadow hanging over the music to bring just a hint of unease and edge.

The opening `Ouverture XV' is a softly stirring fanfare of organ, gentle acoustic guitar strums and murmuring bass slinking along the backdrop, with beautiful cascading spectral piano throughout a real highlight. `Raipure' is a rollicking but tasteful folk tune with instrumental breaks that pair sprightly piano over subtle little soloing bass eruptions, almost like they're duelling together. Tracks like `Invasore' are `Narciso' are psychedelic acid-folk ballads with groaning raga-rock sitar drones, drowsy wasted vocals and drifting synths. Ghostly classical piano, pursuing bass and spectral synth veils permeate the beautiful instrumental interlude `Lady Ligeia' (but what a shame about the abrupt cut-off ending!), and `Ganzheit' is a quietly melancholic instrumental acoustic lament to close the first side.

Acoustic interlude `Verso il Lago' opens the second side with some welcome romantic flavours that also carry on into the mandolin and recorder folk ballad `Il re di Rapure'. The seven minute `Sotto I Ponti' is one of the best pieces on the album, where the extended length allows the group to really stretch out. What starts as a shimmering 12 string acoustic ballad with a weary vocal lurches to life and beautifully transitions into a warm sunny mellow pop-rocker, where some fiery drumming, thick upfront bass and frazzled quick guitar brings an added punch to the second half. `Arlecchinata' alternates between dark moody male narrated passages and ethereal wordless female wisps that dance between around mischievous piano runs. Medieval flavours emerge through the emotional piano and acoustic guitar pirouettes of `La Saga...', and `Mandragola's strangled maniacal electric guitar soloing over booming pounding piano and a stomping intimidating beat closes the album in a dramatic manner!

While it would have been nice to hear more of the pieces extended and developed even further, Pierrot Lunaire's singular, unique mix of folk, classical, psych and experimental music is fascinating to discover. This album is less bombastic and symphonic that what many of the other Italian acts playing challenging progressive music from the time were presenting, but it's absolutely no less ambitious or inspired. Best enjoyed with a good pair of headphones to ensure you pick up all the most careful and tiniest of subtle details, `Pierrot Lunaire is endlessly captivating and utterly essential.

Four and a half stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Latest members reviews

4 stars Another hidden treasure: Pierrot Lunaire (self-titled debut). I don't know why, but I was attracted by this strange album cover. At the first track, Ouverture XV, this Italian prog folk open your eyes to an unexpected gem. The flute, the sitar, the mandolin, the string and acoustic sound is ... (read more)

Report this review (#965533) | Posted by VOTOMS | Monday, May 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The first of two albums of this Italian band is such a piece of colection. The arrangements seems to be so simple but they are really complex and full of little delicious details, specially on strings because the album is full of guitars, sitars and mandolins. Really difficult to categorize be ... (read more)

Report this review (#81170) | Posted by progadicto | Wednesday, June 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was totally surprised by this album. Beatiful instrumentation! I like every single song on this album. Can't understand why it's not as good rated as PFM, BSM and other italian prog bands. Although, I'd been giving too many five stars ratings (it must be because I'm a prog enthusiastic!). If so ... (read more)

Report this review (#51205) | Posted by | Monday, October 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars ****1/2 The debut album of this group offers a blend of symphonic, folk rock and classical. There are also touches off avant-garde that would greatly evolve in the next album. The overall sound is rather pastoral, though not as pastoral as with a group like Celeste, and with some renaissance/bar ... (read more)

Report this review (#39672) | Posted by geezer | Sunday, July 17, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Hmm...I don't think you can go wrong with this abum, if you are into the more pastoral side of Italian prog. Their second album, Gudrun, seems to get all the attention, but after MANY listens to both I find myself putting this one on more often. First off, they may as well have been recorded ... (read more)

Report this review (#19679) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 08, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Difficult to categorize this album with symphonic rock, progressive and avant-garde elements. However regardless of the genre one places it in, it is the distinctive sound drawing from a broad spectrum of influences provides for aworthwhile listening experience. Reccomended for the eclectic ear. ... (read more)

Report this review (#19674) | Posted by NucDoc | Thursday, October 30, 2003 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of PIERROT LUNAIRE "Pierrot Lunaire"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.73 seconds