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IL FIUME

Le Orme

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.49 | 87 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars The departure of Tony Pagliuca was a major shock for Le Orme,still the remaining members Aldo Tagliapietra and Michi Dei Rossi found the strength to reform the band with Michele Bon on keyboards and Francesco Sartori on piano.The excellent sales of the 1993 release of the band's history ''Antologia 1970-1980'' and the requests of the fans for a Le Orme comeback pushed the quartet on several live shows.1995 sees the re-issue of the 1982 ''Venerdi'' album as ''Biancaneve'' but also the presentation of a new suite entitled ''Il fiume''.The next year the suite was published both on CD and LP formats by Tring.

The new album sees Le Orme at last after so many years in a progressive mood.This is actually an 11-track connected composition,resulting 36 minutes of romantic modern Italian Progressive Rock with a smooth but really challenging atmosphere,which few bands could create.Filled with ethereal piano interludes, grandiose symphonic flourishes through Bon's work on synthesizers and organ and Tagliapietra's voice in full form,''Il fiume'' flirts with Le Orme's far past,when they were creating some very personal Symphonic Rock arrangements,having however a more fresh sound,even Neo Prog-ish at moments.Sartori's work on piano is absolutely fascinating, dreamy and sensitive,not unlike his ancestor on this spot Tony Pagliuca, offering moments of Classical intensity and his light interplays with Bon's organ are definitely among the album's highlight.Tagliapetra's smooth bass and sensational acoustic passages will remind for one more time the band's early fascinating years.The album steps again on the lighter side of prog,sounding like a combination of Le Orme's pure Classical-influenced releases of late-70's and their style met during the ''Collage'' days.

A really surprising comeback for the Italian legends,an almost essential release of light keyboard/piano-driven Italian Prog with a fresh symphonic sound and some great compisitions to be discovered, which only lacks a bit in nerve and dynamics.Definitely recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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