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CRISTIANO ROVERSI

Crossover Prog • Italy


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Italian composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cristiano ROVERSI has made a name for himself in a number of different roles over the years. For the public at large his name will be most familiar as a band member, first and foremost as an integral part of Italian act Moongarden and for his tenure with Mangala Vallis. Roversi have also recorded a CD with Submarine Silence, been a guest musician on a number of releases by different artists over the years, and have played with numerous artists and bands live. Many will also have seen his name as a producer, in particular in later years.

But besides all his different activities Roversi have also issued two solo albums: Music From My Room's Window from 1999 and The Park in 2003. And while it's been a number of years since the latest of these was released at this point, he still makes the occasional recording as a solo artist, most recently in 2009 on the Colossus/Musea production Tuonen Tytar II.

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1.46 | 5 ratings
Music From My Room's Window
1999
4.04 | 5 ratings
The Park
2003
3.53 | 15 ratings
AntiQua
2012

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 AntiQua by ROVERSI, CRISTIANO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.53 | 15 ratings

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AntiQua
Cristiano Roversi Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian composer and musician Cristiano ROVERSI is probably best known as a member of the Italian band Moongarden, while others may recognize his name as a member of Submarine Silence and Mangala Vallis. But he's also found the time to establish a solo career, releasing his first solo album back in 1999, the follow-up appearing four years later. Nine more years would go by before his third one appeared. "AntiQua" is the name of this album, which was released on the Swiss label Galileo Records in 2012.

Cristiano Roversi's third full-length solo outing "AntiQua" focuses on careful, gentle moods, with acoustic guitar as the main instrument feature, carefully supplemented by keyboards, synthesizers, Mellotron and organ in various constellations with toned down, elegant and fairly richly layered songs, slowly and carefully developing from an initial frail beginning as the main approach utilized. A dream-laden affair, and those who enjoy the gentler escapades of bands like Camel should probably find this one a tantalizing experience.

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 Music From My Room's Window by ROVERSI, CRISTIANO album cover Studio Album, 1999
1.46 | 5 ratings

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Music From My Room's Window
Cristiano Roversi Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

1 stars Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Cristiano Roversi became slowly one the leading figures of the recent Italian Prog scene.Hailing from Mantova, he was one of the founders of Neo-Progsters Moongarden, while around mid-90's he was also involved in another band with a similar style, Submarine Silence.In 1998 he even released his debut solo album ''Music from my room's window'', which perfectly describes a personal work that was recorded at Roversi's own home studio and distributed through Mellow Records.

This has nothing to do with Roversi' band works.It's a much more experimental record, something that sounds like an inner trip in the artist's mental taste with the very long three-part opener ''Odissea'' delivered actually through an odyssey of minimalistic sounds, led by noise effects, Chapman stick and limited percussion in a piece that is quite boring to say the least and far from being representative of Roversi's undenied talent.''Blue earth'' sounds like a lighter KING CRIMSON version with distorted guitars and pre-recorded narration, that fails also to catch the listener's attention, and the following ''Doelphins part one'' is pure Experimental/New Age music, consisting of six flat minutes of background instrumental effects.It has to be a cover attempt on PETER GABRIEL's ''Here comes the flood'' that make this album a bit interesting, sung in a similar sensitive way, with nice orchestral strings and piano.''Cosmos part one'' is yet another dissapointment, improvised jazzy guitar music with some percussions and a light amount of energy towards the end.The short ''A Belgian holiday'' is a smooth acoustic piece with calm electric tunes supporting, followed by ''Nightfall'', recorded live at ''Guiness Jam Festival'' in Rivalta during August 98'.New Age/Electronic-like background music with a cosmic feel in the same vein as the previous tracks...overstretched and unimaginative with no signs of passion or diversity.

This album was a huge dissapointment.Anyone expecting something close to Roversi's band efforts should skip by.This is very minimalistic Noise/Music along the lines of more experimental artists.Not recommended, except if you are a fan of spacey, slightly psychedelic and one-dimensional soundscapes.

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 AntiQua by ROVERSI, CRISTIANO album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.53 | 15 ratings

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AntiQua
Cristiano Roversi Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Cristiano Roversi is an Italian musician, composer and producer. He's better known as being the keyboard player and one of the founders of the Progressive Rock band Moongarden. But he's also the member of the bands Mangala Vallis (since 2009) and Submarine Silence (which recorded one album in 2001) and he also plays bass, acoustic guitars and the Chapman Grand Stick.

I have to admit that when I received his latest CD AntiQua (2012) to review I was a little worried and I'll tell you why. Back in 2009 I received the Moongarden latest CD (at that time), A Vulgar Display of Prog (2009), to review, and that album for me was a big disappointment. Cristiano being one of the key members of the band and the Producer of the album I thought that AntiQua (2012), his third solo album would walk the same path.

In a first moment AntiQua (2012) is absolutely interesting and fresh. The first track 'Morning In AntiQua' and its acoustic 12 string guitars show it. And then Bernardo Lanzetti from Mangala Vallis (former Acqua Fragile) and from my favorite Premiata Forneria Marconi album Chocolate Kings (1975) appears on the track 'Tales From Solitude Suite' doing vocals and also writing the lyrics. This is a totally amazing track with lots of acoustic guitars and pianos, everything played by Cristiano himself. My heart was lighter to see that many great Italian names were on the record and the album was different than I expected.

However, my worries turned out to be true on the third track 'L'amore'. It was very sad to hear one of my favorites musicians of all times, Aldo Tagliapietra (from Le Orme), singing in a track that is basically an electronic and nonsensical beat. If Cristiano had stripped this electronic beat out of it, the song would have been a classic Italian Prog with a classic voice and acoustic guitars. And then tracks like 'Nessie Revealed', 'Dimlit Tavern' and 'Nirayed's Secret Diary' just finished confirming my worries. They are untied from the rest of the album and sometimes with too much electronics on them, which for me doesn't work at all.

In general, AntiQua (2012) is far from being a bad album as tracks like 'Morning In AntiQua ', 'Tales From Solitude Suite' and 'Falling' show, but the general feeling is that it could be a bit more tight. Maybe a bit more of effort to make it as a unit, the way it is feels like a concept album that was just thrown away in a tape without any concerning to the general feeling of the album.

The wonderful cover is from Ed Unitsky who already worked with many Prog bands such as Phil Manning, Moongarden, The Flower Kings, Unitopia and The Tangent. It shows a magical world that started to be drawn by Cristiano and his guests, but ended up not finishing the story?

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 The Park by ROVERSI, CRISTIANO album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.04 | 5 ratings

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The Park
Cristiano Roversi Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I bought this several years ago mainly because I was such a fan of Cristiano's keyboard work with MOONGARDEN. He has been in numerous projects over the years but MOONGARDEN's "Roundmidnight" will always hold a special place in my collection. Cristiano also plays Chapman Stick but on this his second solo record he plays everything !

These words from Roversi were taken from the liner notes : "I think it ( "The Park" ) signals the end of a phase in my career and it seems ironic how it also marks the beginning of my own label, Moonshine. I'm very proud of this, which I consider to be my finest and most inspired work, and i'm even more proud of the friend who stepped in at the 11th hour and gave it the finishing touch with his wonderful voice (Simone Rossetti, welcome to the family !)." Simone of course is the singer for THE WATCH and he sings on the final track which is the only vocal song on here. I should mention that this is a soundtrack for a documentary and it is filled with mellotron. Sure they are samples but man this album blows me away by it's majesty and beauty.

"The Park-Part1" opens with beautiful piano and we get some depth here too as synths, mellotron and more come in. It settles back after 1 1/2 minutes but this does continue to shift and evolve. "Birds Rhyme" opens with piano as the mellotron joins in. The mellotron becomes powerful and majestic late. Gulp. "Winter Theme" features more of that warm and beautiful sounding mellotron and synths arrive before a minute. They stop 1 1/2 minutes in though. Intense mellotron before 3 minutes and the synths return late. "Birds Rhyme Reprise" hits us with a storm of mellotron. My God ! "The Park-Part 2" is simply gorgeous and moving music. "Stolen Title" is all about the Chapman Stick really.

"The Park-Part 3" opens with piano melodies. It's fuller half way through then back to piano only to end it. "Wind Rhymes" is a mellotron feast as the storm rages on throughout. So emotional. "Summer Theme" has this thick atmosphere and bass as the piano joins in. Powerful stuff. "The Park-Part 4" is atmospheric. "Stargazers" has mellotron sweeping across the soundscape in a beautiful yet relentless manner. "Tripping" has the combination of Simone's singing and Cristiano's instrumental work and the result is stunning. There are really no words to describe this one.

Closer to 4.5 stars.

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