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CORTE DEI MIRACOLI is another Italian great that falls into the realm of traditional, keyboard-based symphonic. The band creates a sound fairly similar to BANCO, sometimes heavy, sometimes lighter, usually lyrical, always in the symphonic vein. The music is moderately complex and all members are good on their instruments.

The first incredible recordings from this famous band elaborated tracks with symphonic keyboards and great mixture of progressive elements that combines certain aspects of GENESIS, VDGG and PFM. Corte dei Miracoli's self-titled album has a distinct symphonic prog sound being very melodic and contrasting in writing style with fellow Italians BALLETTO DI BRONZO, BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO or CAMPO DI MARTE.

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3.63 | 123 ratings
Corte Dei Miracoli
1976
2.92 | 14 ratings
Dimenzione Onirica
1992

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1994

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3.63 | 123 ratings

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Corte Dei Miracoli
Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Zeuhl Glikowski II

5 stars Corte Dei Miracoli, is one of the best lost in times albums of RPI, it's actually my favourite album of all the sub-genre, since i heard it 4 years ago. Every time that i listen this album i can't evite to feel a great emotion, it's very sad that CORTE DEI MIRACOLI wasn't published another album afther this, a lot of the most classic RPI classic bands had a lot of albums like PFM, BMS, Le Orme and Area, and there are great works, majestic albums of the sub-genre, but to me, Corte Dei Miracoli, always be my favourite.

"...E Verrà L'Uomo", it's a great piece, the best way to open the album, seven minutes promissing that it's going to be a masterpiece. After this, the whole album is full of the most pure sounds, really soft songs, "Verso Il Sole" & "Una Storia Fiabesca" had for short moments clearly elements of jazz, and a little bit of symphonic style. "Il Rituale Notturno", is my favourite piece, when it's over, the entrance of "I Due Amanti" it's simply perfect, the longest song of the album, close it with the golden botton.

If you're searching for RPI, you can't miss the oportunity of listen this majestic album, i recommend it for fans of PFM, BMS, Le Orme, Area, Alphataurus, New Trolls, Il Balletto Di Bronzo & Osanna.

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Corte Dei Miracoli is another one of those unnoticed symphonic prog bands from Italy in mid '70s with great potential right from the beggining of their short career. Selftitled debut from 1976 is a mixture of Banco, Le Orme, Campo di marte or ELP, with great musicinship but fails to be very original. Never the less some pieces are quite strong like opening ...E Verrà L'Uomo, top notch pieces, plenty of complicated instrumental passages, specially the keyboards are killer. Symphonic prog is all about here, elaborated arrangements, and in places they reach the grandeur of over mentioned bands, melodic lines combined with more complex ones, always give an enjoyble listening in the end. Not a masterpieces, but definetly one of the better albums from Italy in the golden years of prog, nice art work aswell.3.5 stars.

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Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars What an album! This is an extraordinary album, one of the best things that could have been created in the italian prog scene. Corte Dei Miracoli presents us their first album and in an impressive way of playing. The instruments used in here are based on keyboards, bass and drums. The guitar appears in some songs with the participation of Vittorio De Scalzi (New Trolls), but the keyboard is the predominant and incredible instrument in the entire album. All the songs are really powerful, progressive, with some quiet moments. My favorite tracks are definitely "...E Verr' L'Uomo", "I Due Amanti" and "Il Rituale Notturno", but the other two tracks are excellent as well!

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 Dimenzione Onirica by CORTE DEI MIRACOLI album cover Studio Album, 1992
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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by maryes

4 stars How I've said in some reviews, I stay a little sad when I think about how many lost pearls simply had disappeared in the 70's for various motives, but, the case of CORTE DEI MIRACOLI "Dimenzione Onirica" be very sad ! I think sincerely... if this record demo had been less "careless" ... certainly this album, although, cannot be considered a "Masterpiece"... at least had deserved a 4 stars quotation ! The disk is prodigious in virtuosity for all musicians... in spite the guitar player simply don't appears in some tracks... when he play, his melody is very enjoyable. Some influences comes from their countryman LE ORME and CAMPO DI MARTE (in more heavy parts) and "invocations" from Dutch band TRACE.. The best tracks (mainly for audio quality) are: track 1 " Dimensione Onirica part 1", track 3 " Volando Nel Sole ", track 4 "Il Volto Sconosciuto Della Terra", track 6 " Dimensione Onirica (Part 2) " ( including a "brilliant" Drum Solo) and the track 7 "Breve Esistenza". My rate is 4 stars !!!

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The early material of Corte Dei Miracoli, as taped on ''Dimensione Onirica'', gave promises for a great future for the band.Unfortunately, just before the recordings of the debut, keyboardist Michele Carlone left the band and was replaced by Riccardo Zegna, an experienced musician in the Jazz field.Eventually the band's self-titled debut saw the light in 1976 on the small Grog Records label.

The style of Corte Dei Miracoli seems linked with the Classical/Symphonic Rock stylings of LE ORME and LATTE E MIELE, featuring dual keyboard attacks and a sound split between romantic melodies and bombastic, complicated exercises.With heavy use of organs and moog synthesizers they manage to come up with a very intense, passionate atmosphere full of jazzy dynamics, complex textures and inventive breaks, that often seem hard to follow.Vocals by Graziano Zippo are warm and sensitive, but the majority of the album is dedicated to the impressive solos, the tight instrumental performances, while there are also some short improvised passages thrown in for good measure.Still the arrangements are pretty tight with solid musicianship and a phenomenal coexistence of the jazzy piano paces with the floating Fusion-esque synths and the big symphonic sound of the Hammond organ.The long ''I due amanti'' is a very good example of dramatic, keyboard-based Italian Symphonic Rock.

Corte Dei Miracoli existed until the summer of 1976, when they disbanded.Alessio Feltri and Gabriele Siri were involved to a second unsuccesful incarnation of Il Giro Strano, which lasted for a couple of years, while Zegna continued in the Jazz field, forming Gialma 3.

Among the goodies of Classic Italian Prog, ''Corte Dei Miracoli'' is an album with a bombastic, obscure and professional sound, ready to please all fans of keyboard-led Symphonic/Progressive Rock.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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1.18 | 5 ratings

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Fido73

1 stars Being a big fan of their first album, I was happy to find this album in use CD store. I got difficulty to find their first album, so finding a live one from 1974 with 2 unrelease track on it, I tought I made a real bargain in buying this... How wrong could I be! It's the most horrible live recording I have ever eard! Being a big fan of live album and recording, it's not the first bootleg I have eard, and I eard a lot of bootleg recording, some really bad, some ok and other really good, but this one is beyond bad. Avoid at all cost, you've been warn ;)

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Despite making it into the top 100 RPI albums (just) here on PA I don't hear the name Corte Dei Miracoli mentioned much. That's a shame as while this eponymous and only album from the band (unless you include the 1992 released Dimenzione Onirica, which was a collection of early demos) is not a classic, it's certainly worthy of investigation to all but those with only a passing interest in the genre.

Corte Dei Miracoli produce a lush symphonic sound with jazz elements thrown in here and there. The music often has a melancholic feel with strong melodies and notable for a dual keyboard line-up with no guitar. The five compositions are to a large extent busy and quite complex, the most obvious reference being Banco, though it has to be said not quite in their league. Nevertheless this is an enjoyable album with a high standard of musicianship and well above average vocal work sung in Italian, naturally, as all great RPI albums with one or two exceptions are.

For those who've exhausted the first division of Italian prog bands and still hungry for more, this 1976 release is one you should get round to sooner or later. As I said earlier, not a classic but still a very good addition to any Italian prog collection. 3 ½ stars.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is one of those albums that has emotion and complexity all rolled into one. Dual keyboards and an excellent rhythm section. Actually the bass player played with IL GIRO STRANO.The vocals are emotional and romantic and I like them a lot. Then add in guest guitarist Vittorio De Scalzo from NEW TROLLS who is a killer guitarist and you have an RPI classic, although coming in a little late as it was released in 1976.

"...E Verra L'uomo" is my favourite. Love that intro that reminds me of BANCO with the dual keyboards and an all out blitz. So impressive. A calm after 1 1/2 minutes as the vocals come in. Nice. The tempo picks up 3 1/2 minutes in. So good. It settles again as contrasts continue. A moving track. "Verso Il Sole" is led by drums, organ and piano early on. Vocals before a minute. Lots of synths when the vocals stop. Pulsating organ and percussion before 3 minutes as the bass throbs. Piano joins in. Vocals are back after 4 1/2 minutes. A nice jazzy section 6 minutes in to the end.

"Una Storia Fiabesca" opens with keys and organ as light drums join in. Vocals before 2 minutes.The instrumental section after 4 1/2 minutes is great. Vocals are back 6 minutes in then we get more instrumental music a minute later. "Il Rituale Notturno" has these almost orchestral-like strings then the song kicks in before a minute. Keyboards after 2 1/2 minutes as the tempo picks up in this instrumental section. A calm 4 minutes in then it builds. Vocals follow. "I Due Amante" is the over 13 1/2 minute closer.The percussion, drums and synths sound pretty cool to start. Organ is added. Piano 2 minutes in. Vocals 3 1/2 minutes in. Solo piano after 5 1/2 minutes followed by organ and drums. Another killer instrumental section here that ends before 9 minutes.

This is an easy one to recommend to RPI enthusiasts, it has all the ingredients and the final product is fantastico.

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Area70

5 stars Italy wasn't lacking "one and done" classics in prog's 70s heyday, and Corte dei Miracoli is one of the most solid entries in a crowded field. The basis of the music is dual keyboards with almost no guitar. Vocals are also a standout, moreso than most Italian bands. The singer's vocal stylings are very melodic, with some quite soaring, symphonic phrases. The keyboards, however, add a jazzy tinge at times, although never clashing with an overall lush, symphonic feel. The individual tracks are written with confidence and energy and there is no filler. The bubbling keyboard intro followed by a propulsive rhythm and rare guitar break that marks album opener "....E Verra L'Uomo" is still one of my favorites within the whole genre, especially when the atmospheric keyboards and longing vocals kick in.

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Corte Dei Miracoli Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Another treasure unearthed

Some of the coolest RPI obscure gems were albums that never really happened. Lost recordings from bands like Giro Strana and Paradiso a Basso Prezzo were in various stages of completion before some unseen hand of fate stopped their formal release at the time. Thankfully, the wisest Italian archivists Mauro Moroni and Ciro Perrino have been there to save these treasures from being lost forever to time. They have cleaned up the recordings as much as possible and released them on Mellow Records for the fans of obscure RPI. "Dimensione Onirica" is yet another title to fall under this description. The caveat emptor with these recordings is that they generally have lower quality sound and that is again the case here. And as usual, my personal response is "so what?" When one is an RPI fan with a chance to hear rare and beautiful original recordings from the early '70s, you learn how to appreciate music for music rather than fidelity. Given the choice between a 1973 wild opus with muffled sound or the latest piece of perfect sounding insipid cheese-prog, there's no contest folks. And frankly I don't feel the sound is as bad as advertised. If I can hear the melodies and musicians I am able to enjoy it. If I have trouble hearing the basic melody that's another matter. I can hear everything here just fine, it's simply low fidelity.

Formed in 1973 from the remnants of a band named Tramps, Corte dei Miracoli also featured Alessio Feltri, keyboardist of another wonderful and obscure RPI band called Il Giro Strano. Feltri actually wrote all of the material on Dimensione Onirica and it's a real shame that this material was not properly recorded and released as an official project in 1973. For these were essentially demos that sound partially unfinished and sound like the band was working them out in the studio. And still they are captivating to RPI hounds. Far less polished and fancy-pants than the official CdM release of 1976, this album is for those who like things more heavy-prog spiked with psych and jazzy tidbits here and there. It's all here though, 77-minutes of vintage keyboards, busy bass parts, hard rock guitar leads, Italian vocals, and exuberant drumming all served up in the form of long 7-13 minutes jams. It has a gritty and fairly aggressive live sound. Given that most Italian albums of this period were very short, Dimensione is almost like getting a double album. As the material was never edited and arranged for a specific 35 minute release, there is some lack of focus I suppose. But the intent here is not to enjoy a focused concept album. Here you just throw in the towel and enjoy whatever comes at you, enjoy the many paths they travel. Often it can rock pretty hard with bombastic keyboard explosions of a Banco feel, but other times things can get spacey and mellow with piano or clean guitar, then it can shift to heavy guitar rock with bluesy organ runs. Anything goes! The songs are chalk full of that vintage RPI spirit, dramatic, emotional, somehow both bold and fragile. Some truly great potential here and even if we'll never know what could have been, the creative stirrings are nonetheless fascinating to me.

I love these kinds of "underground" RPI albums and thus the rating is as easy one for me. I recommend fans of jamming and less-reserved Italian rock investigate this assuming you can deal with lower quality sound. But if you are a sound purist to any degree, don't even bother. For me, I'll enjoy this album more often than the "real" CdM album.

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