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GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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"Gan Eden" (Hebrew word for "Garden of Eden", "Il Giardino delle Delizie" in italian language) is a new studio project put together by keyboardist Angelo Santo Lombardi with other musicians helping out to give the record a true band sound.

Classic 1970s style Italian progressive rock is what they wanted to create. A fantastic new italian project, in the tradition of the best italian symphonic prog of the Seventies (ref: BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PFM, LE ORME), this band follows the footsteps of "TORRE DELL'ALCHIMISTA" and "LA MASCHERA DI CERA". "Lavori in corso" is a majestic keyboards driven epic, with a melodic and very passionate vocalist, very extremely long tracks and probably one of the best italian instrumental tracks ("Riflessi di una Spada di Fuoco") of the last years. Il Giardino delle Delizie will become a future classic. Highly suggested.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
This new project of Angelo Santo Lombardi follows the footsteps of the best italian symphonic prog tradition, together with contemporary prog beasts such as La Torre dell'Alchimista and La Maschera di Cera.

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2.95 | 3 ratings
I Giorni di Eurisko
2004
3.45 | 6 ratings
Lavori in Corso
2007
3.31 | 7 ratings
Ritratto di Ballerina
2009

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 Ritratto di Ballerina by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.31 | 7 ratings

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Ritratto di Ballerina
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Second effort by Lombardi under the moniker of Giardino delle Delizie was inspired by the attempts and difficulties of any artist to create, promote and live on his artistic work as well as the death of his father.Gabriele Paganoni is again present in an album entitled ''Ritratto di ballerina'' with BTF being again the publisher.

The album contains plenty of emotional moments, led by the intense concept ideas around its creation, and is split in three long suites, over 10 minutes each, and a short piano improvisation.It features again highly melodic, Italian-spiced Progressive Rock with a fair amount of Classical interludes and lots of bombastic organ sections, while Lombardi displays his ability to sing in passionate Italian.With him as the leading man, the sound of Giardino delle Delizie contains once more evident symphonic orchestrations with occasional guitar power, delivered in polished, elaborate arrangements with impressive piano themes, soaring synthesizers and vintage ogran-based grandieur.The focus here is on long, instrumental ideas with endless keyboard twists, which sometimes tend to sound like Classical Music, but the bulk of the album contains a steady rhythm section, while Lombardi seems fond of producing grandiose, twin keyboard lines.LE ORME, METAMORFOSI and RUSTICHELLI E BORDINI appear to be deep influences of the Italian keyboard wizard.As aforementioned, the album contains also some moving passages and when Lombardi puts his virtuosic workouts aside his music becomes sensitive and laid-back, characterized by atmospheric, melodic textures.

Plenty of material for a third album and reputedly more bombastic effort was already written, but Lombardi's lack of financial support apparently put the plans on ice.

For lovers of keyboard manifests and Italian-flavored Prog.Orchestral, cinematic and atmospheric Symphonic Rock with an emotional background.Recommended.

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 I Giorni di Eurisko by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.95 | 3 ratings

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I Giorni di Eurisko
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Coming from Milan, Angelo Santo Lombardi is a keyboardist who appreciates Italian Progressive Rock.For this reason he collaborated with bassist/guitarist Gabriele Paganoni and came up with his original material in 2004.His debut was a self-produced work, produced by Alessio Brocca in Lissone near Milan, and saw the light under the title ''I giorni di Eurisko''.

What strikes the listener already from the first listening is Lombardi's very romantic and highly emotional approach in music, highlighted by his work on piano and keyboards.For keyboard/piano lovers there are lots of things to love in this album.From Lombardi's vintage organ sounds to his sensitive piano interludes and the atmospheric synth work.Additionally his voice is great, typical of an emotional Italian singer and close to this of PIETRO RATTO of ATON'S fame.Actually the musicianship has often much to share with ATON'S albums, soft and melodic semi-prog adventures with plenty of vocal parts with a warm delivery but still with some nice instrumental parts.The style is fairly symphonic with a fair dose of Classical influences but also plenty of pop sensibilities of fine inspiration.The drumming though is programmed and a reason the album never really takes of in terms of quality.Paganoni has his moments too and when the space is offered he performs some great electric solos, making the album a bit more flexible.

A new entry, which is more than welcome.If you are a fan of LE ORME and a few accesible tunes do not bother you, Angelo Santo Lombardi's debut is a reason to stay at home and listen to some decent modern Italian Prog with an excellent atmosphere.Recommended.

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 Ritratto di Ballerina by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.31 | 7 ratings

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Ritratto di Ballerina
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This Italian band is a duo who play a keyboard driven brand of music. Angelo plays a variety of keyboards and sings while Gabriele plays guitar and bass. He also did the programmed drums on here.

"Ritratto Di Ballerina" has some powerful organ early on then it settles in with the piano and drums standing out. More organ 2 1/2 minutes in then we get vocals for the first time after 3 minutes. A calm with piano before 5 minutes then it picks back up with synths leading the way. Vocals a minute later. Piano and drums lead again then the vocals return.

"Reazioni A Catena" opens with some atmosphere as spoken words come in. A change after 1 1/2 minutes as the piano and drums lead. The synths and organ then trade off. A dark calm follows then it picks back up after 5 minutes. It settles with piano then picks back up with organ as the tempo and mood continue to change. Piano ends it. "Impulsi Emotivi" starts out with spoken words then the piano takes over. Spoken words end it. "Epilogo / Emozion" sounds good once it kicks into gear. Church organ follows. This is pretty catchy 2 minutes in. Vocals and piano before 3 minutes. Silence for a minute then acoustic guitar and vocals take over. Strings too. Not a fan of this section.

A good album that fans of keyboards should appreciate.

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 Lavori in Corso by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Lavori in Corso
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Angelo Santo Lombardi and guitarist/bassist Gabriele Paganoni soon decided to come up with a name around their project and this was meant to be ''Gan Eden-Il Giardino delle Delizie''.Under this name,Angelo and Gabriele worked on their sophomore album ''Lavori in Corso'',which was released three years after their debut, at the time the duo had signed a contract with BTF.

This is a nice example of contemprary keyboard-based prog rock with certain influences from the past.I would easily compare Lombardi's work with efforts presented by (mainly) LA TORRE DEL'ALCHIMISTA,CONQUEROR or even TAPROBAN.Arrangements are centered under the symphonic and sometimes virtuosic work of Lombardi on keys.Interesting synth loops,classic piano passages and grandiose organ parts are more than attractive.Paganoni is not just a simple collaborator.Often he shines with his inspired solos and deep bass work,not to mention he is responsible for the careful work on the drum programming.The album is not instrumental as some of you would possibly believe,though it contains a series of long instrumental parts.Vocals are decent and also handled by Lombardi,who's voice has a crystalline touch mixed with the expression offered by the harmonic echoes the Italian language,though the man is not a professional by any means.''Lavori in corso'' reminds me also of some good old Italian prog bands like LE ORME,METAMORFOSI or CORTE DEI MIRACOLI to name a few.

The album is quite far from an original sound,but all compositions are well-crafted,balanced and arranged and they have always some interesting moments to offer.This will never be your starting point to the prog world but it's a good addition to any prog collection,while devoted fans of keyboard-based prog should simply purchase it.

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 Ritratto di Ballerina by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.31 | 7 ratings

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Ritratto di Ballerina
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Todd
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano!

4 stars Excellent new keyboard-driven RPI!

"Ritratto Di Ballerina" is the new album by GAN EDEN/IL GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE, which is basically the artist Angelo Santo Lombardi. On this, the third release from the artist but officially second from the band, the sound continues in a similar vein as his previous work, "Lavori in Corso." The formula is lots of keyboards, very enthusiastic drums, strong melodies, and great arrangements and instrumentation, mixed with some very occasional Italian vocals.

This album was initially based on the concept of the emerging artist struggling for recognition, but in the end not getting much reward for all the effort. In Angelo's words, "the affliction an artist proves in his fight to emerge." But during the work on the album, his father passed away, which lends the work a special kind of gravity.

In terms of points of reference for the work, if you're familiar with the last album, this one is the logical extension of that, showing more mature composition and musicianship but keeping with the same style. If you're not familiar with it, then think of keyboard-driven progressive with strong melodies--I'd say a modern METAMORFOSI but without the operatic vocals, or perhaps a more melodic, less riff-oriented ELP. Angelo is an amazing keyboard player! There are many passages that would fit well in 1970s RPI, although with better production. Occasionally the music reminds me of THE TANGENT (although more personal), and even Angelo's vocal quality is similar to that of Andy Tillison. The influences though are far-flung--the introduction of the title track even sounds like ANGLAGARD! The album contains a heavy emphasis on church organs, supplemented by thick mellotron choirs, Moog runs, and synth solos. My favorite track is "Reazioni a Catena," which is an 18 minute tour-de-force of progressive composition, stretching from solo piano to full-throated ensemble, choirs, and sudden shifts in mood and intensity. I particularly love the powerful organs accompanied by bombastic drums and keyboard ensemble.

Overall, this is a solid modern RPI album, more developed than Angelo's prior work. If you like passionate, engaging, keyboard-driven prog, especially with the kind of twist that comes with RPI, this is for you! Four enthusiastic stars.

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 Lavori in Corso by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Lavori in Corso
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Another wonderful packaged CD from the Italian label Btf. featuring a cover that stimulates your fantasy and a booklet with lots of information. This new Italian band 'with the long name' is a project by Angelo Santo Lombardi (vocals, Hammond organ, Minimoog synthesizer, pipe organ and synthesizers) along with musicians on acoustic- and electric guitar, drums, bass and vocals. The music is obviously rooted in the 24-carat symphonic prog tradition of the Seventies, mainly because of the frequent use of vintage keyboards like the Hammond and the Minimoog. After a few listening sessions I noticed a huge difference of composing quality between the first and final track! The opener Dolce Brezza starts in a pleasant atmosphere but goes on and on without any tension or musical ideas, only the final part delivers a sensitive electric guitar solo and a fluent shifting mood with tasteful piano and organ but 10 minutes is way too long for this track. The final composition I Take All The Way showcases Gan Eden Il Giadino Delle Delizie at their best: lots of variety and dynamics and exciting work on guitar and keyboards: sparkling Grand piano, fat Minimoog flights, a sensitive electric guitar solo, a fluent rhythm-section and organ play that strongly reminds me of famous Le Orme (Collage-era). The other four songs sound pleasant and melodic with a tasteful colouring by the guitar and keyboards like warm Grand piano, fat Minimoog runs and a pipe organ interlude in the titletrack, slow and fat Minimoog flights, howling guitar and sparkling piano in La Canzione Della Bimba and mellow Hammond runs with fiery guitar in E Dopa Il Vento. The Italian vocals on this album sound warm and inspired in the typical Seventies Italian prog tradition like Metamorfosi and Le Orme. Apart from the first composition I enjoyed this wonderful symphonic prog album and I hope this is not another Italian one-shot-band, especially recommended to fans of Seventies Italian Symphonic Prog!


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