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Unique in the history of Italian progressive music, NEW TROLLS were leaders and were for a time the top band in Italy. In 1973, NEW TROLLS split into two camps, the hard-rocking IBIS and the symphonic-oriented NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM. They crossed many different permutations of line-up changes, many musical stylings... and great hits, passing through beat, pop ballads, progressive rock works, hard rock, and melodic pop followed groups like GENESIS and PFM.

In 1971, the TROLLS released their greatest album "Concerto Grosso No. 1" that's still recognized as one of the most important Italian rock releases ever made. This album was to take them in a new direction. It was the first effort in Italy to fuse rock music with classical treatments. 1972 was the year in which NEW TROLLS became the producers of a mature music. Two albums were released that year, "Searching For a Land" and "UT". "Searching for a Land" (1972) is full of great songs and amazing musical highlights. "UT" is an amazing amalgam of progressive rock covering a wide variety of styles (references: YES, ELP, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON). The second "Concerto Grosso No. 2" (1976) was far more eclectic with few influences from classical music, and was not quite as good than the first one. From the album "Aldebaran" the sound became more commercial (like BEE GEES) until early 90's, then came to a new split. Now you know to go for true prog insight.

Nonetheless, "Concerto Grosso No. 1", "Searching for a Land", "UT" are highly recommended.

See also:
- New Trolls Atomic System
- Vittorio De Scalzi - La storia dei New Trolls
- Ibis

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2.70 | 47 ratings
Senza Orario, Senza Bandiera
1968
2.60 | 39 ratings
New Trolls '70
1970
3.68 | 171 ratings
Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
1971
3.62 | 90 ratings
Searching For A Land
1972
3.83 | 111 ratings
UT
1972
3.69 | 13 ratings
Una notte sul Monte Calvo
1974
3.50 | 13 ratings
Night on the bare mountain
1974
2.98 | 73 ratings
Concerto Grosso N. II
1976
2.29 | 7 ratings
Revival
1977
1.75 | 21 ratings
Aldebaran
1978
2.22 | 13 ratings
New Trolls '79
1979
2.45 | 15 ratings
FS
1981
1.27 | 7 ratings
America OK
1982
1.05 | 3 ratings
Amici
1988
1.39 | 12 ratings
Quelli come noi
1992
1.04 | 4 ratings
Il Sale Dei New Trolls
1996
4.03 | 84 ratings
Concerto Grosso, The Seven Seasons
2007
3.71 | 19 ratings
Do Ut Des
2013
2.80 | 12 ratings
Concerto Grosso N░3
2013
3.92 | 12 ratings
e (as UT New Trolls)
2015

NEW TROLLS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 6 ratings
Tempi Dispari
1974
2.67 | 6 ratings
L.I.V.E.N.T.
1976
1.50 | 4 ratings
New Trolls Live
1976
2.91 | 3 ratings
Tour
1985
2.00 | 3 ratings
Oxa Live Con I New Trolls
1990
2.67 | 3 ratings
Una Miniera
1998
4.63 | 29 ratings
Concerto Grosso New Trolls - Trilogy Live
2007

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Antologia
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Puzzle ( SP-2LP)
1980
1.00 | 2 ratings
Profili
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
New Trolls Story
1987
1.50 | 2 ratings
Quella Carezza Della Sera
1989
4.12 | 20 ratings
Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls (Remastered with Concerto Grosso n░1 and Concerto Grosso n░2)
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles A's & B's
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Concerto Grosso e Raccolta
1996
3.00 | 2 ratings
I Nostri PI¨ Grandi Successi
1998
2.12 | 5 ratings
'67 - '85
2004
1.91 | 2 ratings
Aldebaran E Molti Altri...
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Le Pi¨ Belle Canzoni Dei New Trolls
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antologia
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
I Grandi Successi: New Trolls
2008
4.05 | 2 ratings
Concerto Grosso 1-2-3 di Luis Bacalov
2013

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 Night on the bare mountain by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.50 | 13 ratings

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Night on the bare mountain
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars New Trolls is an interesting band, for sure. They developed from ye olde beat and pop/ rock of the sixties into an ever more progressive and eclectic band. I love the 'Concerto grosso', 'Searching for a new land' and 'UT'. Especially 'UT'. I find that album to be very varied, hard rocking and challenging album that grows on you. At first I didn't get it at all but it revealed itself after some time. Great album by a great band. 'Night on bare mountain' seems to be the following album and is quite interesting aswell.

Musically New Trolls stands in both classical elements and hard rock, creating a wonderful brew of progressive rock that spans across the universe. Quite evident is their love of jazz and folk, which adds to the great flavor of the album. I would say, however, that the music is less challenging on this one, compared to 'UT', but ot the other hand it feels more cohesive and held together. The good thing is that the songs are presented in a sort of uniform state, the problem is that the songs actually are similar to each other, resulting in an album of great material but nothing really stand out.

There is an abundance of marvellous instrumentation on this album. The title track is an electronic sounding, pulsating thing with an overly classical reference which works great. The massive amounts of keyboards, not to mention organ, is a treat and being a fan of keyboards I cannot be anything other than amused. There is a delicate feel to it all that is at times abruptly interrupted by outbursts of heavy rock. That is very enjoyable and one is kept on ones toes, actually.

As far as individual tracks are concerned, every song is great and better. When I listen to the album I really nod my head in recognition. 'This is so great', I find myself saying, and I mean it. The music is really great in all it's jazzy progressive rock. It is wonderful. But I cannot really pick any one track out, apart from the title track. I cannot hum them. That is a shame, because the songs are really good. Maybe it's the similarities they share that is to blame? I don't really know. Or perhaps this album marks a decline in the fortunes of the New Trolls? Whatever the reason, I find that 'Night on bare mountain' is really enjoyable and well performed, simply not outstanding. I wish for it to be released on CD, some day, because then I will buy it. If you haven't listened to New Trolls, start with 'Concerto grosso' or 'UT'. Save this one for later.

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 Concerto Grosso 1-2-3 di Luis Bacalov by NEW TROLLS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.05 | 2 ratings

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New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars New Trolls, one of the earliest and longest living of the Italian rock groups, did already in 1971 what Osanna and Il Rovescio della Medaglia did soon after: a Baroque-style rock album in collaboration with the Argentinan composer Luis Bacalov (who had done music for spaghetti westerns among others). Concerto Grosso per i New Trolls is a charming classic. The next fruit of that collaboration, Concerto Grosso N. 2, appeared in 1976. (During the years in between the group had been divided in two stylistically different camps, but that's another story.)

The third similar album was released last year, and if I remember right its reception here hasn't been very warm. I haven't heard that album in its entirety, but in the light of this compilation it can't be that bad. In fact more than half of the 51 minutes of this release comes from that recent work. But anyway the happy thing is that this set excludes all the (weaker) material of the source albums, ie. the tracks without Bacalov's orchestrations. Therefor if you enjoy the Baroque excursions of this band more than their conventional rock output, this CD is a very nice one to have.

I understand those opinions that regard this hybrid music as slightly phoney and sentimental kitch, but I guess I'm romantic enough to sincerely enjoy it. Naturally it helps that I like the real Baroque music too, Bach, Vivaldi, etc. Of course this music cannot be compared to these Baroque geniuses, it's certainly more sentimental. Call it kitch or easy-listening if you will. In my opinion this marriage of a pop group singing in English (pleasant voices they have) and the real orchestra is a very harmonic one. Songs are melodically beautiful and the orchestra sounds gorgeous with all the dreamy strings. Warmly recommended to the romantic souls who enjoy Baroque! (I wonder why "La Leggenda" above the band name. The informative album name is perhaps clumsy too, but it hits the nail.)

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 Concerto Grosso N░3 by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.80 | 12 ratings

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Concerto Grosso N░3
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Progulator
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3 stars Fun? Yes. Musical? Definitely. Cheesey? Well, yeah, it's that too, but there's something captivating about Italian prog legends the New Trolls and its latest incarnation led by Vittorio De Scalzi despite the fact that not much has changed this time around. Once again we get loads of baroque inspired orchestra music blended in with pop and rock. Their latest, Concerto Grosso no. 3, is high energy, bombastic, and showcases, as always, the classic voice and flute work of Mr. De Scalzi. "Oh Venice" made for a powerful baroque/rock ballad while storm in Venice starts of brilliantly mysterious and builds spectacularly with the strings before an explosion of strings and electric guitar trade-offs with strong Vivaldi leanings. "Like Ophelia" returns to ballad form and makes gorgeous use of harp and piano; unfortunately when the guitar and drums kick in it gets a bit sappy. "The Magical City" ends up being a reprise of the opener, "The Mythical City" (both great songs), but this time with a royally epic march, sort of kingly parade music and even more orchestral wanderings in baroque style, augmented by punching rock band and thundering timpani. While there is lots going on in terms of classical baroque rock, there are, of course, the elements that make New Trolls' songs a bit polarizing for me. From my perhaps snobby view, there are a few bad pop numbers on this record, just as is typical of other albums in the New Trolls catalogue; in this case, "Per Nico," "Per Amore," and "Per Chi Combatte Per Noi." On the flip side, however, there are examples of good/tasteful pop, such as "Per Tutti I Bambini Del Mondo," a moving piece, somber but catchy, and "Per Lui" which is pretty straightforward rock with some nice opera vocal surprises. In the end, Concerto Grosso no. 3 offers us about what we expect from New Trolls: high quality and energetic baroque inspired prog rock along with a tendency toward old school style pop rock and ballads. If you're a fan of these Italian boys, this is certainly an album you'll want to run out and buy, and if you ever get an opportunity to see these guys perform live, you'll really be missing out if you don't go.

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 Do Ut Des by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.71 | 19 ratings

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Do Ut Des
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

4 stars "New Trolls" is an Italian rock band which released their debut album as early as 1968 and "Do Ut Des" from last year is their eighteenth studio album. Despite it's boring cover(is it Loreen I see?) and the small interest from other's hear I found it a record worth listening to.

The impressions from what I have heard are many. Firstly it's clear that this is a quite hard rock band which heavy guitar lines and singable choruses are easy to get fond of. The influences present on "Do ut des" are rock music, classical music, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and symphonic rock. The record starts with "Paganini" a little classic bit(8/10) and then comes the "mega hit" "Per ogni lacrima" a wonderful song with symphopnic melody and instrumentation, keyboards and guitar are great(8/10). "La Luce di Vermeer" is fast and rocky, and the guitars feel like they're from the eighties. In a piano solo it sounds a lot like Emerson, Lake and Palmer(8/10). "Oltre Il Cielo" is languorous and swinging(7/10) and "Rispettare Puo' Salvare" is a catchy and partially lovely song(7/10). "Do ut des", the title track is very varied with classical music and a lot of instrumental parts with great instruments. The band does this very professional(8/10). "Sara' per Noi" is more mediocre(6/10) but "Siamo Ancora Qui" and "Sporca politica" are better and potential hits(7/10). The albums closes with the English sung "Can't go on" which also is very nice and energetic.(7/10). The last song features Fergie Frederiksen on vocals.

The very competent musicians who are working here are Gianni Belleno(drums and vocals), Maurizio Salvi(keyboards and vocals), Claudio Cinquegrana(guitar, vocals), Anna Portalupi(guitar, bass) and Alessandro del Vecchio(vocals,keyboards). I think their efforts should be acknowledged and I like many of these songs very much so I will give the record four stars! My favourite song from the album are "La Luce Di Vermeer" followed by "Do ut des" and "Per ogni Lacrima".

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 Concerto Grosso N░3 by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.80 | 12 ratings

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Concerto Grosso N░3
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

2 stars New Trolls have a story that goes back to mid-60's when the first line-up of the band was put together. They released 5 albums through late 60's and early 70's before they disbanded. In the late 70's they got together again but after that there were several splits and reunions, new projects involving the musicians of the band etc.

The band consists of four historic members of the original New Trolls' line-up together with Luis Bacalov and the Orchestra of Teatro Felice in Genoa. Concerto Grosso N░ 3 (2013) is the final third chapter of a trilogy that began over 40 years ago with their most successful album Concerto Grosso (1971). The album was released early this year in March Immaginica/Aerostella.

The album presents a very solid and completely Symphonic sound. It's a blend of Progressive Rock with the Baroque sounds of the orchestra and a great choir of voices all around. The first half of the album is comprised of six tracks that form a suite. 'The Mythical City' starts it with a kind of Pop sound, that can scare a bit, but soon 'Oh Venice' changes this image and 'Storm In Venice' redoes the game completely. Amazing track!

'Like Ophelia' gives a continuation to their suite with a kind of Christmas music that fits the month I'm reviewing the album (although the album was released 9 months ago). 'The Magical City' closes the suite and starts with a neo-classical kind of guitar solo, sort of weird having this kind of solo for the album in my opinion, not just that, the Pop kind of sound from the first track was revived here and the track also includes classical interludes all along. Very weird and mixed.

In the second half of the album we have the Pop Rock side of the band. The second half starts with 'Per Nico' and honestly, this is not a good direction for a band like New Trolls to go. Then 'Per Chi Combatte Per Noi' hits the speakers and the Italian Pop Rock 90's style continues, and by this time the album lost all its value for me. Not because it's not Prog Rock anymore, but because the compositions are really dull and flat. 'Per Freddie' is a homage to Queen's singer, but I would be ashamed of showing this song to him if he was alive. The album continues with 'Per Tutti I Bambini Del Mondo' that rises the level of the album a bit but then 'Per Lui' follows and pretty much ruins it again. 'Per Amore' and 'Per Chi Non Capisce' are ballads, the first one not even deserves to be reviewed, the second is quite good with acoustic guitars and orchestra.

Honestly speaking I was excited to have this Cd sent to me to be reviewed, but it was a big disappointment in the end. Concerto Grosso N░ 3 (2013) is a mixed bag where the first half takes us back to the real band's sound and the second just aims to someplace else I just can't understand. If the goal here was playing in the radio and having records sold they should have changed their name. The first half of the album is quite good using the orchestra to implement their sound, the second is just dull and misses life on the tracks with exception of the last one 'Per Chi Non Capisce'.

Concerto Grosso N░ 3 (2013) is pretty much a let-down for me, I honestly think that this album is for fans only, and even then, I'm not pretty sure that they will truly enjoy it.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Concerto Grosso, The Seven Seasons by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.03 | 84 ratings

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Concerto Grosso, The Seven Seasons
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by sinslice

4 stars Art Folk Rock Baroque, Classical and Contemporary.

I always take a long time to break down, digest and qualify a work. In the case of New Trolls, none of his works, at least the most recognized, managed to move me. Some premature comments about this 'Seven Seasons' deluded me. With some skepticism I agreed to listen.

Undoubtedly, for me, is the NT┤s work most consummate and compact. With instrumental sections and other sung in English. Unique features. No exaggerations or ups and downs, as in other of his productions. True, less psychodelic than in 70┤s.

Emphasize orchestrated sections and piano, and some flute. But the whole band is assembled with precision. It is a collection that should be heard in its entirety, once.

After an extensive discography with few relevant ideas, NT gets a place of recognition, from my perspective, with this fantastic artwork.

Majestic - 4 to 4.5 stars.

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 Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.68 | 171 ratings

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Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

3 stars Concerto Grosso is severely overrated and suffers from an inherent design flaw: The second side bears no relationship to the first and breaks up any continuity that could have made music history. The Beatles, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd had all fused popular and classical music by 1971. New Trolls had an opportunity to be the first rock band to actually play classical music, at least in Italy, for an entire album's length. Instead, the opportunity is squandered with a bloated side-long improv. I don't mean to discredit the live performance capabilities of the band - this is better documented on the excellent Tempi Dispari - I just don't think it suits this particular release and have to rate it correspondingly.

The first three movements, or Tempos, of Concerto Grosso are essential listening for all prog rock fanatics. Unfortunately, this eleven minutes of RPI glory doesn't necessitate its purchase. "1 Tempo: Allegro" establishes the formula, alternating literally between the speakers from Baroque instrumentation to the band. As these ingredients homogenize, New Trolls are able to achieve something really groundbreaking. This becomes more evident during the second minute, with unison playing between the low strings and rhythm section. De Scalzi and Di Paulo double their guitars in octaves and hop on for the ride. This is great, great stuff and a perfect opening statement to an important yet indulgent album.

"2 Tempo: Adagio" introduces vocals for the first time, sung in English. New Trolls has as many detractors as fans for this decision, and I fall into the former category. That is not to say their Italian language albums are any better...I think this waffling hurt more RPI bands than it helped; not Osanna, RDM, Banco or even PFM were ever able to overcome the language barrier and break through internationally. Lyrics aside, the mushy "Adagio" works on a musical level, again merging orchestral inspiration and rock bombast well. What is probably the best example of this combination, "3 Tempo: Cadenza," demonstrates composer Luis Enriquez Bacalov's involvement. His direction and production in this domain would not be perfected however until 1973's Contaminazione by Rovescio Della Medaglia.

"4 Tempo: Shadows" abandons the orchestra and sets a slippery slope for the duration of the album. An obvious Hendrix homage, "Shadows" will impress psych/art-rock listeners but few others. The dreadful improvisation "Nella Sala Vuota" monopolizes the second side and feels like filler to me. Replete with drum solo, the improv just goes on far too long and serves no real purpose. Luckily the CD issue is a two-fer, backed with the slightly better Concerto Grosso N. 2 from 1976. I recommend making a custom disc or playlist with the offending songs excised, and the remaining selections will work much better as a whole. As it was originally sequenced however, Concerto Grosso N. 1 earns 2.5 stars in my book, but I will round up since the first eleven minutes are so important.

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 Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1971
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Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by RisingForce

5 stars Concerto Grosso per I New Trolls - This is the first Progressive album for New Trolls, since the first two albums are not considered Prog albums but Psychedelic & Hard Psychedelic especially (new trolls 1970') which is a collection of singles between 1968/70,However both albums are good example of Psychedelic made in Italy with original fuzzy lysergic atmosphere and as developed a powerful and romantic fairytale melody especially the first album; New Trolls probably one of the first Psychedelic bands and the first to publish a concept album in Italy in those years (1968 - Senza Orario Senza Bandiera).

With the end of the 60's and beginning of the 70's and beginning of the experiment and the fusion of musical genres and so the event of progressive music the New Trolls realized in 1971 their third album, which became one of the cornerstone of the genre (Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls).

The album is divided into two parts, the first with the (Concerto Grosso) which is a fusion of romantic Venetian Baroque Orchestra directed by Luis Bacalov with an orientation to Antonio Vivaldi, with the powerful rhythm parts between bass and drums and sounding guitar hard, strong use of the flute and Well-Tempered Clavier, the technical virtuosity of execution and elaborate polyphonic voices of the singers, make it all in a unique and special and different from their Anglo- Saxon colleagues pioneered the genre over the English Channel, even though the New Trolls sing in English ( to die / to sleep / perchance to dream ' William Shakespeare Hamlet a.III sc. I ) written on the front cover on a photo on negative of a painting Venetian to make the image blurred and distorted.

Also the main melody and some parts of the ''Concerto Grosso'' that are used for the Soundtrack of the Thriller movie The ''La Vittima Designata ' 1971'' (The Designated Victim - English version of the film) shot in Venice and directed by Maurizio Lucidi; some photos of the main actors/actresses in the film are on the back cover of the album.

The second part of the album it is a long suite of the quintet of the band that opens with a strong mystical and substantial introduction by the heavy Hammond organ tones, from the maestro Maurizio Salvi future official member of the band.

It all starts with screaming voices, heavy fuzz guitar, massy sound of the flute, powerful organ, bodied bass lines and trembling drum parts with a strong great solo towards the end of the suite, and a small part of the suite is sung in Italian; IL Sole Nascera' (The Sun Will Be Born); the sound of the band is pompous and heavy and everything is out of the distorted amplifiers Davoli; all recorded live.

With this new album the Trolls show a large change between the two predecessors album, a powerful clear passage between the Psychedelic in the mid-sixties to the early seventies Progressive events, creating a classic album that will remain in the history of the genre Symphonic Baroque Progressive rock made in Italy.

New Trolls prove to be good musicians and great arrangers and singers; between all four stands Nico Di Palo with his incredible voice to high tones and as a quite good Hard Rock guitarist.

Highly recommended to all lovers of the immortal classisc seventies Progressive, must-have.

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 UT by NEW TROLLS album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.83 | 111 ratings

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UT
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by GruvanDahlman
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4 stars The first time I heard this album I honestly thought that "Ut" was quite a sorry excuse for an album. It seemed to disparate and fragmented to be enjoyable. But after a while I changed my mind, realising that what I at first glance percieved as messy in fact was the opposite. I found the golden thread and now I love this album. "Ut" is, I think, a heavy, hard rocking album with a few nods to Sabbath (Particularily true in the case of "C'e troppa guerra") as well as being clearly progressive. The music merges together to create the illusion of one, long work of art. The two songs "Nato Adesso" and "Paolo E Francesca" are my favourites, though the album works fantastically well as a whole. It's more about the album as a whole than it's parts. A truly enjoyable and amazing album.

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Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls
New Trolls Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

5 stars Brilliant is turning into a meaningless word, being that many people use it to describe their favorite musical ensemble from GENESIS to BRITNEY, quality matters very little, most people just apply this adjective to any album they enjoy, that's why this word seems so empty when we are before a masterpiece like Concerto Grosso Per I New Trolls, but if there's an album that deserves superlative adjectives is this precious gem.

My first surprise was to find that despite what most people say, this is not a Symphonic album exclusively, because this guys give us Classical Music, Hard Rock, Symphonic Prog, Folk and Psychedelia, all blended with such care that the fusion sounds as the only natural way to perform the eclectic "Rock Progressivo Italiano".

But to understand the album, we must say that a "Concerto Grosso" is a musical form from the Baroque period, which main characteristic is the interplay between several soloists and orchestra through four to six movements, and THE NEW TROLLS have developed it perfectly, because the orchestra (strings) create the general atmosphere of the music while the guitar, flute, organ and vocals, take the place of the soloist by turns, simply outstanding structure.

The album starts with Tempo Allegro, an excellent overture that begins with "contrappunto" between violins and flute, as the piece advances, a distorted guitar takes the role of the flute to apply extra power to the magnificent VIVALDI inspired music.

Tempo Adagio is much more dramatic, the strength relies more in the force of the sentiments evoked by the music itself rather that in fast or loud instruments. Now, the real beauty start with nostalgic vocals enhanced by beautiful strings and some short distorted guitar passages that show us that THE NEW TROLLS are a Rock band. Extremely delicate and delicious music.

Tempo: Cadenza - Andante Con Moto is opened by a virtuoso violin solo again reminiscent of VIVALDI, but when the whole band enters they retake the main theme explored in the previous movement, this time giving more importance to the strings and percussion instead of the guitar or flute, and the heartbreaking choirs are the cherry in the top of the pie....By this point I'm speechless.

Tempo Shadows took me by surprise, because the orchestral arrangements are left behind to create some sort of Bluesy / Psychedelic movement allowing the band to play some sort of soft Rock, really experimental song..

The album ends with the 21 minutes epic Nella Sala Vuota, Improvisazioni dei New Trolls Registrate in Diretta is the turn of THE NEW TROLLS to rock with all they have,. blending blues, Psychedelia, Heavy Rock (URIAH HEEP inspired) and a lot of jamming in one track full of energy and class.

Normally the Prog bands use one of two options when trying to perform Classical oriented Prog, some as the Moody Blues add orchestral intros and codas to Rock or Pop tunes, while icons as WAKEMAN and EMERSON add fragments (or complete works) of well known artists to a Symphonic Prog structure, but this guys go a step further, they have composed a real and original "Concerto Grosso" allowing the band to take the part of the soloists, creating a perfect fusion between Rock and Baroque.

If this is not an "Essential masterpiece of Progressive Rock", this qualification has no sense at all, so without hesitation I will give 5 solid stars to an amazing and ambitious project developed with uncommon skills.

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