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MARIO PANSERI

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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Mario Panseri was an Italian composer and musician born in Rome in 1945. His first self-titled album was released on RCA in 1970 and there was a single as well. In 1973 came the album that lands Panseri on this website, a suite of music crossing into the progressive realm inspired by a novel called Agostino by writer Alberto Moravia. The critically acclaimed album Adolescenza is a moving piece of music in the soft-prog field, music that will appeal to fans of the beautiful side of RPI rather than the difficult side. It has a flowing soundtrack feel to it and is notable for featuring the contribution of his friend, the wonderful Enzo Capuano who is also on this site. In 1975 Panseri would return the favor by playing keyboards on Enzo's superb Storia Mai Scritta album.

About his old friend, Capuano had this to say: "Mario was a true musician, with a solid background, as there were all too few among the singer-songwriters of that time. Most of them, including myself, were self-taught, little more than strummers, with very little formal training.... On the other hand, he had a diploma, was an excellent keyboardist, arranger, and coach at the Genoa Opera House. He was someone who experienced music and life in the same, highly sensitive way, somehow prone to depression, which led him to compose pieces full of sadness and loneliness, but also of unmatched beauty. Adolescenza is one of my favourite albums of all time, because it told a story - a movie called adolescence. Even its cover reminds you of a movie poster. While listening to it you could feel that sense of bewilderment you experience in the presence of sensations whose origin is unknown, when you are completely at the mercy of an effect without understanding its cause, when you are happy about a trifle, and the slightest thing scares you...."
-Enzo Capuano, ProgArchives interview March 2009

A gifted songwriter, Panseri participated in the Tenco contest for musicians several years in the mid 1970s. In 1978 he delivered another, more commercially oriented album, called Sulla spiaggia d'inverno. He continued composing and playing in the following decades but to my knowledge did not release recordings again. Sadly, Mario passed away in 1995 but he leaves RPI fans with another good gem to track down. Adolescenza has been reissued as a high quality gatefold Japanese mini-lp sleeve cd.

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1970
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Sulla Spiaggia d'Inverno
1978

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Ci Siamo Lasciati Cosi / Verde Primavera
1970

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Review by Finnforest
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4 stars A lost, soft-RPI masterpiece

Mario Panseri was an Italian composer and musician born in Rome in 1945. In 1973 he released this suite inspired by a novel called "Agostino" by writer Alberto Moravia. The critically acclaimed album "Adolescenza" is a moving piece of music in the softer-prog field, music that will appeal to fans of the beautiful side of RPI rather than the "difficult" side. It has a flowing soundtrack feel to it and is notable for featuring the contribution of his friend, the wonderful Enzo Capuano who is also on this site. Capuano calls the album "one of my favourite albums of all time, because it told a story - a movie called adolescence. Even its cover reminds you of a movie poster. While listening to it you could feel that sense of bewilderment you experience in the presence of sensations whose origin is unknown, when you are completely at the mercy of an effect without understanding its cause, when you are happy about a trifle, and the slightest thing scares you...." Mario Panseri released two other albums and continued playing music until his early death in 1995.

"Adolescenza" is truly a minor masterpiece of the RPI movement which I can't believe hasn't been more trumpeted by Italian prog enthusiasts. It reminds me a bit of Stefano Testa's "Una Vita" in some ways, vocally, an often more acoustic than electric vibe, and compositionally, though perhaps with more of a classical sound than folk. While not a big and bold album like Banco or BdB it is gorgeously written and executed. Gentle vocals, flute, beautifully played piano and acoustic guitars sparkle throughout. Occasionally a band sound comes in with some electric lead guitar and the bass/drumming will be very tight and well mixed. Lots of nice little icings along the edges give you the feeling this was truly his baby, I'm sure it was quickly recorded like all RPI, but Mario was ready for game day. There are many wonderfully tasteful keyboard melodies and atmospheres, some soft strings or simulated strings on the mellower stuff. To make sure all bases are covered we get a nice jazzy sequence with thumping bass and playful flute solos. Then we're into a quiet vocal interlude with water sounds and a haunting gentle piano/flute in behind it. A Battisti-like moment of children's voices with harpsichord in the next moment. As mentioned the album almost has a soundtrack feel moving not so much by track numbers as by musical "scenes" which is one reason it requires patience and works best listening as a whole. It is the many quieter "scenes" which to me hold the most magic, Panseri seems to know how to spike them with emotion, then move out of them into louder pieces with more dynamics, and back again. It makes for exciting listening to be sure and more than tackling the listener with bravado, Panseri is a gifted composer and musician who thrills you slowly. As Capuano stated in our interview "Mario was a true musician, with a solid background, as there were all too few among the singer-songwriters of that time. Most of them, including myself, were self-taught, little more than strummers, with very little formal training.... On the other hand, he had a diploma, was an excellent keyboardist, arranger, and coach at the Genoa Opera House."

You can hear those skills on display here, which is why it is baffling to me that Panseri has not been more celebrated by RPI writers. This is very good stuff and an easy 4-star rating for me. Time will tell if I can go higher. But I heartily recommend this album to RPI fans, especially those who prefer the softer and dreamier side of the genre. The CD is finally available as a Japanese mini-sleeve and to my knowledge will be back out of print once these are gone. Do not wait or you may regret it.

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