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Reverie is a project led by composer and guitarist Valerio Vado, who had appeared on albums by Italian bands LETHE and THE WATCH. Valerio defines the Reverie sound as ethno-progressive, with ancient Mediterranean and European influences informing a modern sensibility. The instrumentation sets the project apart from the norm, with winds, guitars, mandolin, cello, piano, percussions) and electronics (keyboards, effects), while the lyrics sample from masters like Shakespeare, Pasolini, and contemporary poets, in languages as diverse as Italian, English, and, in their most recent production, Esperanto. Valerio's collaborators include professionals working in both music and theatre as composers, session musicians, actors, and teachers

Songs by Reverie have been used as soundtracks by directors, music therapists, and private and public Boards such as the Chamber of Commerce of Milano.

Some worthwhile comparisons would be MIKE OLDFIELD, LOREENA MCKENNITT, JETHRO TULL, GENESIS, NUOVA COMPAGNIA DI CANTO POPULAIRE, GIANLUIGI YTOVESI, and CORDE OBLIQUE.


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3.13 | 7 ratings
Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno
2008
4.00 | 6 ratings
Revado
2011
4.67 | 6 ratings
Gnos Furlanis Il Timp Dal Sium
2015

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Demo 1998
1998
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Demo 2002
2002
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Duemila4
2004

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 Gnos Furlanis Il Timp Dal Sium by REVERIE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.67 | 6 ratings

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Gnos Furlanis Il Timp Dal Sium
Reverie Prog Folk

Review by EnriqueD

5 stars Up to now this is the best album made by this Italian ensemble.

According to the booklet (written in Italian only, but Google translator helps!) it is a concept album, based on the evolution of the relationship between Man and Time. The ensemble set to music some poems in Friulian (a language spoken in northeastern Italy, quite similar to Italian and as beautiful to hear as well) by several writers, among which the well-known Pier Paolo Pasolini.

There is an intrumental track as intro, three "chapters" and a majestic "a cappella" choir as coda.

Each chapter contains also an instrumental track, one of which has the same title of the cd (Gnos furlanis: Friulian nights).

Lots of percussions and acoustic instruments (flutes, clarinet, piano, guitars, mandolin) and electric instuments (mellotron, hammond, synths, here and there distorted guitars and drums) create an impressive range of sounds.

The lead singer (Fanny Fortunati) has a beautiful and expressive voice. If you love singers such as Annie Haslam and Loreena McKennitt, you will surely like her as well. Also the other musicians seem to be very skilled, being poli- instrumentalists able to shift from folk/ethno/jazzy/rock/symphonic mood even in one song-

There is also a real choir performing on two tracks, adding depth and a mystical and baroque feel to the album.

Not much known, but a treasure for lovers of the most symphonic side of "Rock Progressivo Italiano".

Highly recommended!

 Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno by REVERIE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.13 | 7 ratings

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Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno
Reverie Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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3 stars Reverie were born in 1996, direct out of the ashes of the Italian Symph Rock outfit Lethe, led by the guitarist of the later Valerio Vado and female singer/percussionist Fanny Fortunati.Their history is taped on three demo tapes from 1998, 2002 and 2004 respectively, they basically started playing in a Symphonic Prog style similar to Lethe and developed finally into an Ethnic Prog Rock ensemble, continuously expanding their line-up.By 2008 Vado and Fortunati were surrounded by their long-time flutist Fulvia Borini, Alberto Sozzi on keyboards/wind instruments, Daniele Defranchis on guitar and Andrea Amir Baroni on keyboards/harp/cello.It was time for the band's first full-length album ''Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno'', released as an independent production.

At the time Reverie ended up to be a small Chamber Folk orchestra, always adapting progressive flourishes in their style, and presenting an album full of ethereal soundscapes, angelic vocals by Fortunati (in three languages!) and smooth Prog-inclined textures, closing to the styles of GRYPHON and MANEIGE, without being excessive and focusing on atmospheric themes.Two particular styles are easily detected in the album: a mostly acoustic one with an intense lyricism, influences from Medieval Music and impressive executions on flutes, acoustic guitars, mandolin and clarinet, delivered by the band as a sweet orhestral combo and aiming towards nostalgic ages from the past.The second one is a more balanced effort with keyboards in evidence, but always strong acoustic overtones, having an obvious tendency towards the Baroque period and evident Classical overtones.Every style though is performed with detailed, almost flawless performances, even a bit of an upgraded electric background seems needed, and the music passes nicely through mystical periods, melancholic undertones and joyful moments.

A different face of Acoustic Progressive Rock.Intricate and atmospheric music with sensitive lines and beautiful vocals, a must-have for any fan of Prog Folk.Warmly recommended.

 Revado by REVERIE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Revado
Reverie Prog Folk

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In 2011 RÍverie released on the independent label Downbridge Publishing their best work so far, "Revado", with a line up featuring Valerio Vado (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals), Fanny Fortunati (vocals, percussion), Fulvia Borini (flute, mandolin), Alberto Sozzi (clarinet, keyboards, didjeridoo), Daniele Defranchis (guitars, bass) and Laura Balbinot (cello). The overall sound here is richer than on the previous work and the result of the recording sessions is a well balanced mix of influences ranging from classical music to prog, from folk to Kosmische music. "Revado" was released as a double album with a first disc sung in Esperanto and a second disc featuring the Italian version of the same pieces. The lyrics in Esperanto were written by Andrea Fontana and in my opinion the band managed to explore the sound of this particular language in a very effective way. The Italian version of the same pieces allows an interesting comparison with the sound of the Italian language while in the booklet you can find also a translation of all the lyrics from Esperanto into English checked by the London Esperanto Club.

The opener "La tradezerta komercisto / Il mercante del deserto" (Trader across the desert) takes you on a long journey through hot, exotic landscapes following the tracks of timeless merchants and travellers... "All around, a world of waves / The winding caravan creeps along the dune-edge / Wind burning on my face / No rocks here / But in the heart appears a stony will to live / Burnished by the sand...". The music is evocative and full of warm colours, ethnic and classical instruments embroider flying carpets of notes as the soaring vocals lead the way. When you finally reach an oasis you can get lost in your dreams under a shady palm while time begins to slip from your hands as if it was sand in an hourglass.

The ethereal "Kiam alvenos la fino / Quando verrŗ la fine" ( When the end comes) is melodic and dreamy. This piece was included in the previous album and here you can find it in a new, improved version. The lyrics depict Death not as the end of your life but as the beginning of a something new, still unknown... "When the End comes, it will be sweet like breath of wind on summer morning / The dear faces of my loved ones will slip away like fading dreams / And I shall be alone...".

"Arkana belulino / La belle dame sans merci" (Arcane beauty) is darker and features electric guitar solo passages, lively percussion patterns, mellotron touches and a mysterious atmosphere. The lyrics depict a strange love story between a man and a beautiful dancer, a dangerous woman with a magic smile... "You have entered my life on the waves of mystery / And now I remember no more whether ever I knew your hidden origin...". Once the man is under the spell of the woman he has no escape, the beautiful creature is biding her time, ready to strike... "Now you kiss my neck with unhesitating force / See, a stage exit / A life cut short by bites...".

"Plurmiljaraj knaboj / Ragazzi millenari" (Boys across millennia) has a strong Mediterranean flavour and tells the story of two boys, Ishmael and Isaac, two brothers separated by a wall that prevent them from understand each other. It's a metaphorical way to depict the never ending conflict between Israel and Palestine... "Our brotherhood is shattered thanks to despair / I so wish that he would call me... But these calls cannot be, because of the wall...".

"Danco de l' maro / Danza del mare" (Dance of the sea) begins softly, with the sound of the waves in the background and beautiful vocals soaring from the sea... "From a dark wave of the sea / Suddenly flickers like a tinkling bell / The light of the free spirit with taste as bitter as sea...". Then the rhythm takes off and you can set your thoughts free while dancing with the sea. This piece reminds me every now and again of Angelo Branduardi and blends in some way Renaissance classical music with touches of Latin folklore.

"Plurestantaj momoroj / Via dei ricordi" (Lasting memories) is a new version of another track included in the previous album. An electric guitar solo, sound effects and an uneasy mood lead to melodic vocals that revive the memories of an old journey, precious pictures that can still fill your soul with warmth and make you hear the sound of the wind and an echo of forgotten voices... "Would the impressions leave some room where newly hope could grow? / Within the lasting memories, is there clue to the way ahead?...".

"Koto kay lumo / Fango e luce" (Mud and light) is melancholic and dark. The music alternates acoustic and electric passages while the lyrics deal with the mysteries of our brain and some philosophical issues such as free will and knowledge. Maybe freedom is just a dream and the forces of Mother Nature are stronger than our will... "Even if I could foretell the workings of the brain by some mighty computer / Would that really mean that every choice of mine is just self-delusion?...".

"Pluvas rosmareno / Piove rosmarino" (Rosemary rain) is a dreamy, melodic love song where ancient myths and visions seem almost coming to life in a surreal, ethereal atmosphere and the borders between dream and reality are blurred... "No longer can frontiers mark difference between two mingled seas / Which through love and through divinity have become an Ocean...". The long, complex "Silkovojo / Via della seta" (Silk road) is a suite divided into three parts. It describes in music and words a dreamy journey along the Silk Road, from Europe to the ancient city of Kashgar, in Western China... "Weighed down with dreams, I crossed the sea / And now I wander quietly among the dunes in a still atmosphere / This is my reality / Only such dreams light up life / Like lamps lighting us from within / To guide our wandering on the Earth...". An excellent track!

The instrumental "Oceano / Oceano" (Ocean) concludes the album. It's an experimental, "cosmic" piece written and performed by Alberto Sozzi featuring about six minutes of sound effects and evocative clarinet lines. It adds more colours to a very interesting album that, according to the band, should be considered as a tribute to the eternal need of looking for new horizons.

 Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno by REVERIE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.13 | 7 ratings

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Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno
Reverie Prog Folk

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

3 stars RÍverie began life in Milan in 1996 on the initiative of composer and guitarist Valerio Vado with the aim of performing an original "ethnic-progressive" music inspired by European and Mediterranean culture, a mix of traditional Italian Renaissance and Baroque music with up to date sounds. After three interesting demos and a good live activity, in 2008 RÍverie finally released a self-produced debut album titled "Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno" with a line up featuring Valerio Vado (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals), Fanny Fortunati (vocals, percussion), Fulvia Borini (flute, mandolin), Alberto Sozzi (clarinet, keyboards, banjo, flute), Daniele Defranchis (guitars) and Mariella Mancuso (cello).

Most of the pieces on "Shakespeare, la donna, il sogno" (Shakespeare, the woman, the dream) come from the soundtrack for a theatre play of the same name written by Stefania Amato, Fanny Fortunati, Valerio Vado and Mariangela Zabatino. The play is set in Elsinore, in Denmark, where a company of musicians perform music from the Renaissance. At a given moment one of the musicians, by accident, evokes the spirit of Yorick, a joker at the ancient court of Elsinore, who comes to life again and tries to bring back to life also a "dark lady" lost in his memory. To do so he tries to remember his beloved woman through the verses of Shakespeare... Well, the soundtrack for this play features some English traditional tunes from the XVI-XVII centuries revised and arranged by the band and some original tracks in the same style. The overall sound is prevalently acoustic and if you like bands and artists such as Amazing Blondel or the Italian minstrel Angelo Branduardi I'm sure you'll like this album as well!

The short instrumental opener "Willson's Wilde" sets the atmosphere followed by "Sonetto 18" and "Sonetto 8". The English lyrics, as you can guess, are taken from Shakespeare's sonnets and are interpreted by Fanny Fortunati's delicate vocals... "Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly? Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy...". Another nice short instrumental, "A Toy", leads to two more sonnets, "Sonetto 47" and "Sonetto 147", then the instrumental "Passamezzo antico" introduces the last two tracks taken from the soundtrack of the play, "O Mistress Mine" and "Sonetto 130". The album features two more tracks not related with the play, "Plurestantay memoroj" and "Kiam alvenos la fino", sung in Esperanto and credited as bonus tracks. The atmosphere of the last two tracks is different from that of the previous ones and they sound a bit like fillers here, even if they do not waste the final result. All in all, I really think that this is a good album, especially for prog-folk lovers!

Thanks to kenethlevine for the artist addition.

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