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Le Orme


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.80 | 130 ratings

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3 stars ''Storia o Leggenda'' was a great comeback for Le Orme,but the band had other plans.They limited their live appearances in order to broaden their musical horizons,especially working over classical composition.Tagliapetra left the bass for classical guitar,Serafin left the guitar for the violin and mandolin and De Rossi experimented with marimba,vibraphone and glockenspiel.The next album ''Florian'',named after the most famous cafe in ,Piazza San Marco,Venice,was published in 1979.

Le Orme had always definite classical influences,but this time the whole music on this album is dreamy Classical Music,far from anything they created in the past.This very short album,just over 30 minutes,offers exactly what a symphony can offer.Delicate harmonies,mellow passages and dramatic turns over often light interplays.To listen to the voice of Tagliapietra over this kind of sound is kind of strange.Pagliuca strikes again with his excellent work mainly on piano,but what really shines is the memorable performance of Serafin on violin: Soft,calm but always confident performing.The overall sound is not totally unsimilar to Le Orme's sound,the band had always a romantic and smooth approach on progressive compositions with absence of really bombastic cmoments,but ''Florian'' sometimes ends up to be extremely calm for even the standards of the band.A couple of tracks though remain in the all-time favorite Le Orme list ,like the eponymous relatively complicated opener and the dreamy and harmonic ''Fine di un viaggio''.

The serious critics around the time supported this work,but be warned that this album contains no sign of rock music,just hints of rock attitude due to the relationship of Le Orme and Classical Music.A good album for a relaxing mood,headed to all people who love pure symphonic arrangements.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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