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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Silbo (0:33)
2. Archivista (4:23)
3. Fretta (5:08)
4. Il Cielo per San Lorenzo (4:39)
5. Ely (1:21)
6. Long Now Clock (5:07)
7. Hallucigenia (5:36)
8. Bang (0:13)
9. L'Estate di San Martino (4:04)
10. Mono Lake (4:07)
11. Otto (2:32)
12. S.E.N.O. (7:22)
13. Res Gestae (7:21) *
14. Pesce Vela (5:19) *

Total Time 57:45

* bonus tracks on 2012 CD edition

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Pentiricci / vocals, acoustic guitar (6,7,9,14), flute (3,9,12,14), tenor (2) & sopranino (3,10,12) saxophones, recorder (7)
- Riccardo Regi / electric (2,6,10,14) & 12-string (3,4,7,9,11,12) guitars, guitar synth (7)
- Stefano Tofi / keyboards, acoustic (2,3) & 12-string (10) guitars, vocoder (2,14)
- Massimo Baracchi / bass, bass pedals (2,6,10,14)
- Sergio Servadio / drums

- Conny Rausch / vocals (3)
- Francesco Di Giacomo / vocals (11,12)
- Bernardo Lanzetti / vocals (14)
- Mauro F Cardinali / narrator (13)
- Steve Hackett / electric guitar (5,11)
- Goffredo Degli Esposti / kawal flute (1,12)
- Gabriele Russo / nickelharpa (6)
- Mauro Formica / fretless bass (9), bass (14)
- Sergio Spennacchioli / congas (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Massimo Achili

LP Vinyl Magic ‎- AMSLP60 (2012, Italy)

CD AMS ‎- AMS203CD (2012, Italy) With 2 bonus tracks
CD + DVD AMS/BTF (2012, Italy) Bonus DVD with videos of the songs

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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A return of one of Italy's most beautiful pastoral bands

L'Estate di San Martino are back with a brand new album in 2012 and a finely crafted work it is. As previously mentioned the group has had a strange recording history, with each batch of material delayed or shelved before finally seeing the light of day. 2007's "Febo" was finally delivered shortly after the sad premature death of long time guitarist Adolfo Broegg. Now five years later the band have recorded an album that finally sounds as if things have all come together naturally. It is a gorgeous album of mostly instrumental, pastoral progressive rock with symph and folk markers, even a few jazzy sections. This is the very listenable and beautiful side of RPI, it is an album that should be very popular with listeners drawn to Hostsonaten, Willowglass, and XII Alfonso, though at times it rocks more than all three.

BTF writes the material is "mainly based on great acoustic arpeggios and electric solos, keyboard soundscapes and beautiful flute and sax inserts. Even if practically void of lyrics, the album is a concept that would be listened while reading the notes in the booklet, telling about Talsete, an imaginary character, an archivist whose aim was to collect and preserve human knowledge and who fronts his greatest 'battle', against the passing of time and memories."

Sounds like a cool concept! The songs are extended jams which range from mellow to reasonably rocking and employ plenty of gorgeous keyboard work. There is also a ton of tasteful guitar work including some guest sections from none other than Steve Hackett. As mentioned most of the album is instrumental but there are a few vocals, and L'Estate have brought in RPI legends Francesco di Giacomo and Bernardo Lanzetti. Saxophone, flute, and female wordless vocals are also used to luxurious effect. I would describe the compostiion as music that is "soaring" as if the soundtrack to footage shot from aircraft above rugged coastlines and the like. Relaxing and sometimes not gripping enough for my personal tastes, yet, there are certainly times when I would find it appealing. A well made, ambitious disc for fans of the refined progressive rock.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Talk about a majestic slice of classic RPI , mixed with the latest modern symphonic tendencies and words are hard to come by. Insanely orchestrated, never boring, between sheets of pastoral folk, stormy sequences and fluttering flutes, woodwinds, brass and that masterful rebel, the saxophone ?.. Truth is, this one shines from the very get-go and never releases the pedal, scouring into a magnificent wonderland of style and texture. The various instruments have a huge organic feel that is quite unexpected and the wealth of musical ideas even within a single piece is masterful. Obviously if you include guest artists Steve Hackett and Banco's Francesco di Giacomo, you get a pretty clear idea that this will be an adventure in dreamland, with strong emanations of classic RPI, superb miniature pieces that recall Penguin Café Orchestra and Ant Phillips and full-blown Genesis-style symphonics.

"Silbo" sets the slithery mood from the very beginning, a hoarse flute scouring the airwaves. "Archivista" is where this album really hits the mark: a luminous guitar phrasing is supported by some brilliant drumming and rolling bass, all masterfully combined in a sensuous symphonic sheen. The sexy sax is blazing out in front of the undulating beat and the intensity is tangible as the brew becomes intoxicating, tossing in vocoder effects, whirring synths (including a dizzying choir mellotron finale) and a shuffling beat. This is primo stuff! What a breeze, when music is so effortless and brilliant, as exemplified on the languid "Fretta", an indescribable gem that resonates deeply with any audiophile. A barrage of acoustic guitars weave a web of delicacy that provides the foundation on which flute, soprano sax, electric guitar and assorted ivories can paint the harmonic skies, as vocalist Conny Rausch wails in a very 60s style. Effortless, dynamic, cinematographic, expressive and possessing that magical mixture of freshness and elegance that affect ones pleasure nodes. The simplicity of the electric guitar section is truly masterful.

"Il Cielo Per San Lorenzo" keeps things nicely minimalist with Riccardo Regi's 12 string electric guitar swerving amid Stefano Tofi's spectral keyboards in a style very reminiscent of classic Anthony Phillips. A sparkling and crystalline composition with discreet orchestrations and ornate piano work.

Wait until you hear Hackett's slithering lead on "Ely", a bare minute + of sonic genius. Tofi lays down a synthesized carpet for Steve to roll around on and the sonic master does not disappoint! Riveting,frightening and spectral.

"Long Now Clock" is anomalous, smoggy and atmospheric in an oddball way, bordering on experimental, with a celebrated stance of unwavering poise and ingenious juicedom, infusing Nickleharp, a strange Swedish instrument that stretches the boundaries of violin and viola. This creative side is what makes this release so attractive, an RPI comfort zone that is stretched to the hilt. The yearning guitar aches for some reassurance and fades, deeply relieved.

"Hallucigenia" confirms the talent of drummer Sergio Servadio, who positively rocks on the intro to this complex and demanding piece, as the mood settles for some brilliant piano musings, incorporating some lovely jazzy moves and then exploding into a bright section where the recorder played by Marco Pentiricci reigns supreme, amid the colossal drum fills. Throw in a little guitar synth and acoustic 6 and 12 strings to add some spice and flavor. Definitely hallucigenic. "Bang!" is a playful 12 second sonic experiment. Cute! The title track has a fretless bass solo to murder for, within all its other delights and its one of slayer cuts. A woozy synth solo launches this one into the night sky, swerving into a neo- tropical shuffle (them congas), soon to be united with piano madness and booming bass and blooming into a sensational composition.

"Mono Lake" is another massive highlight track, simple and effective, organ-fueled and just a plain brilliant instrumental. Stefano Tofi's stirring butterfly synth solo is damning, tugging on the heartstrings and delivering heavenly bliss. A straightforward beat, two note bass, boom-boom drums, that wrenching organ and a mood for excitation, as the guitar confidently mouths the melody. Brooding, sulfurous and raging.

"Otto" has the Banco fatman singing in his unusual tremolo, with Riccardo Regi's acoustic guitars weaving the way, catering nicely to another patented Hackett outburst. All screeching power and impossible sustain. Oh yeah, and balls to pull it off, Fripp would be proud.

The final track, "SENO" is a perfect bedtime story killer, goodnight sleep tight affair, a sensational concluder that has all the ingredients from raucous guitar, howling choir mellotron (my fave sound ever), blistering sax salvos and tight, tight playing within almost complex arrangements. This is no commercial music by any stretch, quite the polar opposite with perhaps too much music to absorb even after a few auditions, mighty as this music will appear to any unexpectant fan.

2 bonus tracks: "Res Gestae": If you want to bask in lengthy Italian speak, nothing better to get your girlfriend hot and bothered than by this husky Latin lover voice, oozing into your sexual spirit, babe! Unless of course, that is deemed to be too "progressive"! Claudio Cardinali narrates for 7 minutes, its very funny and very weeeeeeird. The second features Bernardo Lanzetti's love it or leave it special voice in a spirited little rumble, very RPI and very agreeable. Formica's fretless wobbles mightily once again, especially in the finale where the mood gets fiery intense.

This is a musical recording that inspires utter confidence and creativity, firmly influenced by a variety of regal prog choices (Genesis, Ant Phillips and Hackett, as well as the more exploratory forms of current Italian prog like Hostsonaten, Zaal, Maalavia, La Coscienza di Zeno, Labirinto dei Specchi, GTV, Daal etc..

Masterpiece that will stand even the test of time?..Finn, trust me on this?.

5 radar solos (you can read them also in both directions)

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars As I listened to this disc the first time I couldn't help be feeling repeatedly astounded at the freshness of the music I was listening to. I am also a witness to the extraordinary contributions to the whole by prog legends Steve Hackett, Francesco di Giacomo, and Bernardo Lanzetti. This music could be called neo-prog, but really it's neo-RPI, but with all new ideas--new melodies, new combinations, new emotions, new, 21st Century energy. As other reviewers have pointed out, I, too am reminded at times of GENESIS, ANT PHILLIPS, ROBIN GUTHRIE/COCTEAU TWINS, and even Norway's AIRBAG (because of the tremendous keyboard support work) and Poland's COLLAGE, but, for the most part, it is all Italiano--or, rather, in this case, L'Estate di San Martino. Congratulations.

This one goes down in the history books as a modern classic, a masterpiece for the ages! Thank you for achieving something so rare in this modern era of very good (and very alive) progressive rock music: creating a modern masterpiece that fills the listener with blissful nostalgia for the prog classics of the 70s. Something so many groups (especially in The Netherlands [Trion, Flamborough Head, Knight Area, etc., etc.]) seem so desperate to do. In my humble opinion, none have done it better than this one.

Favorite songs: I LOVE THEM ALL!!!

Review by andrea
5 stars L'Estate di San Martino began life in Perugia in 1975 on the initiative of Marco Pentiricci and Giuseppe Petrazzini. In the seventies the band had no chance to release a full length album and it wasn't until 2006, after a long hiatus and many line up changes, that they managed to release their d'but work, 'Alder', a concept album recorded live in 1983. In 2007 the band released a second album called 'Febus', featuring old stuff from the nineties re-arranged, and, finally, in 2012 they released what is their best work so far, 'Talsete di Marsantino', on the independent label AMS/BTF. The current line up features Marco Pentiricci (sax, flute, acoustic guitar), Riccardo Regi (electric and acoustic guitar), Stefano Tofi (keyboards, vocoder, acoustic guitar), Massimo Baracchi (bass) and Sergio Servadio (drums) but during the recording sessions they were helped by some prestigious guests such as Steve Hackett (electric guitar), Francesco Di Giacomo (vocals) and Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals). The result in my opinion is excellent and this work is a must to have for every prog collector.

'Talsete di Marsantino' is a concept album based on a short story by Riccardo Regi that you can find in the booklet (if you can't speak Italian do not worry, in the booklet there's a translation into English as well). The protagonist of the story is an imaginary character, an archivist who in an Autumn day receives a mysterious letter containing nothing but a verb: 'to pick'. The album is almost completely instrumental, there are some jazzy passages but calm, dreamy atmospheres prevail. As time is running out the protagonist has to hurry to collect memories, sounds from the past, fragments of human knowledge and dreams. What kind of link can you find between an enormous clock hidden in a mountain that chimes just one time per century, the strange fossil of a bacteria and an ancient lake in California? Maybe the beautiful vocals provided by Francesco Di Giacomo could give you a clue... 'It will only take a time equal to eight to this last work / If standing towards North it will be East / And standing towards South it will be West...'. Is it not clear? Well, all in all it doesn't matter: just let the music draw you away! If you like bands such as Genesis, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso or Premiata Forneria Marconi I'm sure you'll enjoy this magnificent album as well.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Sometimes they come back, and when the return makes noise then is better turn up the volume, so that everyone will listen to better. This is not a great return, only one of the many bands that in Italy of 70s haven't had so much fortune. The grandeur of this return is represented by the except ... (read more)

Report this review (#1126850) | Posted by Utnapishtim | Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The third chapter of l'Estate di San Martino is probably the consecration of this group so long- lived but strangely with only three albums released. The history of Talsete is fascinating in real prog-style, an archivist with the dual role of guardian of knowledge and the essence of progressive ... (read more)

Report this review (#930621) | Posted by thebiggersound | Saturday, March 16, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The rules of prog archives tell: five star, a MASTERPIECE! But how many masterpieces can we count in the world of progressive music really? In my opinion, once you have tracked correctly the border of the prog music (how many heavy metal or hard rock works are wrongly considered in this winning ... (read more)

Report this review (#813284) | Posted by Bargilla62 | Saturday, September 1, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Following their wonderful predecessors "Febo" and "Alder", l'Estate di San Martino - the prog-rock band from magic Umbria - doesn't rest on laurels and takes a step forward by delivering us another impressive work named "Talsete di Marsantino" issued on the same label and housed in a lavish ga ... (read more)

Report this review (#812488) | Posted by musicgenesisfan | Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I believe that the importance of a disc is in the emotions that can give you. Listening TALSETE OF MARSANTINO I went back 40 years (oh, thanks guys!!!!). Of course, the musicians in this band have certainly heard Banco, PFM, Genesis and King Crimson, and loved them. This disc is permeated by m ... (read more)

Report this review (#812458) | Posted by amiuro | Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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