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3.56 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Morning in AntiQua (5:20)
2. A silent Rite (2:00)
3. Tales from Solitude (6:00)
4. Crave some Loneliness (4:00)
6. L'Amore (3:40)
7. Nessie revealed (3:34)
8. Falling (2:30)
9. Celestial Slowfall (6:10)
10. Dimlit Tavern (5:18)
11. Nirayed's secret Diary (3:13)
12. AntiQua (5:46)
13. Evening in AntiQua (1:27)

Total Time 48:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Cristiano Roversi / 12-String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar on track 4, Grand Piano, Various Synthesizers, Taurus Bass Pedals, Polymoog, Mellotron, Hammond Organ L100, Drum Machine Roland CR-78, Samples & Cinematic Efx

- Aldo Tagliapietra / Vocals, Lyrics & Acoustic Guitars on "L'amore"
- Bernardo Lanzetti / Vocals, Lyrics & Concept on "Tales from Solitude"
- David Cremoni / Electric Guitar on "Crave some Loneliness"
- Erik Montanari / Acoustic Guitars on "Crave some Loneliness" and "L'amore"
- Fabio Serra / Electric Guitar on "Morning in AntiQua", "East or West?" "Celestial Slowfall" & "AntiQua"
- Gigi Cavalli Cocchi / Drums on "AntiQua"
- James Larcombe / Hurdy-Gurdy on "Dimlit Tavern"
- Leonora / Vocals, & Lyrics on "Falling"
- Mirko Tagliasacchi / Fretless Bass on "AntiQua"

Releases information

CD Galileo Records GmbH GR032
Vinyl Maracash Records

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CRISTIANO ROVERSI AntiQua ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
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Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
3 stars Cristiano Roversi is an Italian musician, composer and producer. He's better known as being the keyboard player and one of the founders of the Progressive Rock band Moongarden. But he's also the member of the bands Mangala Vallis (since 2009) and Submarine Silence (which recorded one album in 2001) and he also plays bass, acoustic guitars and the Chapman Grand Stick.

I have to admit that when I received his latest CD AntiQua (2012) to review I was a little worried and I'll tell you why. Back in 2009 I received the Moongarden latest CD (at that time), A Vulgar Display of Prog (2009), to review, and that album for me was a big disappointment. Cristiano being one of the key members of the band and the Producer of the album I thought that AntiQua (2012), his third solo album would walk the same path.

In a first moment AntiQua (2012) is absolutely interesting and fresh. The first track 'Morning In AntiQua' and its acoustic 12 string guitars show it. And then Bernardo Lanzetti from Mangala Vallis (former Acqua Fragile) and from my favorite Premiata Forneria Marconi album Chocolate Kings (1975) appears on the track 'Tales From Solitude Suite' doing vocals and also writing the lyrics. This is a totally amazing track with lots of acoustic guitars and pianos, everything played by Cristiano himself. My heart was lighter to see that many great Italian names were on the record and the album was different than I expected.

However, my worries turned out to be true on the third track 'L'amore'. It was very sad to hear one of my favorites musicians of all times, Aldo Tagliapietra (from Le Orme), singing in a track that is basically an electronic and nonsensical beat. If Cristiano had stripped this electronic beat out of it, the song would have been a classic Italian Prog with a classic voice and acoustic guitars. And then tracks like 'Nessie Revealed', 'Dimlit Tavern' and 'Nirayed's Secret Diary' just finished confirming my worries. They are untied from the rest of the album and sometimes with too much electronics on them, which for me doesn't work at all.

In general, AntiQua (2012) is far from being a bad album as tracks like 'Morning In AntiQua ', 'Tales From Solitude Suite' and 'Falling' show, but the general feeling is that it could be a bit more tight. Maybe a bit more of effort to make it as a unit, the way it is feels like a concept album that was just thrown away in a tape without any concerning to the general feeling of the album.

The wonderful cover is from Ed Unitsky who already worked with many Prog bands such as Phil Manning, Moongarden, The Flower Kings, Unitopia and The Tangent. It shows a magical world that started to be drawn by Cristiano and his guests, but ended up not finishing the story?

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Italian composer and musician Cristiano ROVERSI is probably best known as a member of the Italian band Moongarden, while others may recognize his name as a member of Submarine Silence and Mangala Vallis. But he's also found the time to establish a solo career, releasing his first solo album back in 1999, the follow-up appearing four years later. Nine more years would go by before his third one appeared. "AntiQua" is the name of this album, which was released on the Swiss label Galileo Records in 2012.

Cristiano Roversi's third full-length solo outing "AntiQua" focuses on careful, gentle moods, with acoustic guitar as the main instrument feature, carefully supplemented by keyboards, synthesizers, Mellotron and organ in various constellations with toned down, elegant and fairly richly layered songs, slowly and carefully developing from an initial frail beginning as the main approach utilized. A dream-laden affair, and those who enjoy the gentler escapades of bands like Camel should probably find this one a tantalizing experience.

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