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Founded in Genova, Italy in 2018

LA DOTTRINA DEGLI OPPOSTI (The Doctrine of Opposites) is a creative project by Genoese multi-instrumentalist and composer Andrea LOTTI, a founding member of LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO, who performed on their self-titled debut from 2011. The ensemble formed for this work sees the participation of more than thirty musicians, including members of fellow modern Italian progressive acts such as the above mentioned LA CONSCIENZA DI ZENO and IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, and the orchestra of the G.F. Ghedini from Cuneo.

On this first album, 2018's `Arrivederci Sogni' (`Goodbye Dreams'), much of the keyboard-dominated arrangements are accompanied by an orchestra, and the taste of the album definitely embraces the same ambitions of many great classic albums of Italian progressive music of the Seventies - think IL ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA's `Contamiazione', LATTE E MIELE's `Passio Secundum Mattheum', BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO's `...Di Terra' and the NEW TROLLS `Concerto Grosso' works with their fusion of classical, orchestral and prog-rock flavours all together!

The melodies and gentle shades of the album bring a very smooth and dreamy mood, and a common lyrical thread that links the various themes of the album is the transition from adolescence to adulthood, enchantment and disenchantment, dream and awakening, hence the confronting title `Arrivederci Sogni' (Goodbye Dreams). Make no mistake - this wondrous, sophisticated and luscious first work from this joining of LA CONSCIENZA DI ZENO and IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE makes for one of the finest Italian progressive works of 2018, and is sure to be a favourite among RPI followers who happily embrace the modern works just as much as the classics.

Biography by Michael Hodgson (Aussie-Byrd-Brother), Italian Prog Team.

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Arrivederci Sogni
La Dottrina Degli Opposti Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A lineup of all-stars from AltrOck/Fading Records with full orchestral support, start to finish, all conceived and orchestrated by LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO founder Andrea Lotti. The "mature" and "classic" voice of IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE vocalist Francesco Ciapica gives this beautiful music an almost classical, operatic feel.

1. "Dove Dio Dipinge Le Nuvole" (3:28) a very pretty predominantly-orchestral instrumental piece that sets a mood for something like a drama/romance. (4.5/5)

2. "Nero, Grigio E Tu" (9:10) opens with a laid back spaciousness while drum, keys, and percussives slowly play out a theme. In the third minute things shift for a vocal section. It's very theatric, like the opening scene of a stage play. At 3:33 the music bursts forth for a nice chorus before settling back into the piano-based theme for the next verse-- which surprises by coming at us with some power and almost operatic feel. By the sixth minute a new theme is established with two male voices singing the lyrical lines together in different registers. The seventh minute sees the arrival of a proggy/theatric jazz instrumental weave. It's okay; it feels too contrived as if for a on-stage dance interlude. At the seven minute mark all stops for a brief, simple piano interlude before the chorus returns one more time. The outgoing final minute is begun with solo piano before Francesco Ciapica's voice is vaulted to the fore in a dynamic finish. (8.5/10)

3. "Equilibrio" (2:31) solo cello and full orchestra alternating themes in a gorgeous, swelling, overture-like Italian love song. (5/5)

4. "Sulla Via Del Ritorno" (5:42) full on Italian prog with rock ensemble, soloing Arp synth in the lead and orchestra in full support. The unfortunate thing about this song is that fails to hook the listener as well as to develop anything exciting or inviting. (Why did they retain this as an instrumental? It seems ripe for a vocal.) There are a few nice dynamic shifts but the accompanying melodic shifts fail to engage or attract. (7.5/10)

5. "La Riconquista Della Posizione Eretta" (5:22) a pleasant ballad for singer Francesco Ciapica that does more to follow expected formats and predictable choices. (8/10)

6. "Quiete" (2:36) a gorgeous piece of acoustic guitar, human breathing, piano, and synth. (5/5)

7. "Fra Le Dita" (11:09) opens like a Keith Emerson piece composed for the stage, piano and then orchestra. When Francesco's gorgeous vocal joins in in the third minute it's just perfect. At 3:25/3:35 the music takes a big step into BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO territory--piano riff, winds, percussives, and orchestration (instead of or with synths). The music gets drama-big at the five minute mark but then settles down for a slightly more amped up vocal section. At 6:20 there is another shift into a cool instrumental section. Still quite theatric but great melodies throughout. The following vocal section is meant to present the powerful crescendo but it doesn't quite pack the punch one would like to see/hear. Still, this song is easily the high point of the album. (9.25/10)

Unfortunately, the best songs on this very theatric album are the brief instrumental interludes, while three of the four longer songs manage to meander more than gel or coalesce. So much beauty but such unrealized potential!

Four stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music.

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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