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With the virtuosity of his playing, Di Meola is often overlooked as a composer, and The Grande Passion underscores what a fine composer he is. String arrangements color "Double Concerto," the title track, and several other pieces, but Di Meola hardly needs orchestral frills to legitimize his already epic compositions. The guitarist has slipped from critical prominence since the days of Return to Forever, Splendido Hotel and the guitar trio with John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia (try out Friday Night in San Francisco for a great trio outing), but Di Meola spent the 1990s doing some of his best work with his World Sinfonia group and The Grande Passion starts the new millennium in fine form. --John Diliberto
|2. Double Concerto|
|3. Prelude: Adagio For Theresa|
|4. The Grande Passion|
|5. Asia De Cuba|
|7. Opus In Green|
Very melodic with techniques being less in the forefront than soul. Well produced also. Producers and engineers should bedocumented as well as players, they matter too.Published 22 months ago by RNVLD3
I'm not sure if you've heard of this guy but can he ever play the hell out of his guitar !!!Published on December 16, 2011 by Ballsy
Best way I can think to describe this album: Soundtrack for an epic movie using guitar and synthesizer. If that isn't off-putting, you'll like it.Published on March 27, 2010 by Ryan Moulton
Al Di Meola's first World Sinfonia remains one of the favorites in my entire collection of over 700 CDs, but The Grande Passion doesn't live up to its origins. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by bostonears
This album has some very good traits: excellent technical skills from
all musicians; interesting arrangements; a wide variety of
instruments, sounds and rhythms to keep... Read more
this album is a amazing... great passionate playing...
"Di Meola's own music sounds next to those of the late Brazilian tango avatar"
as said by the... Read more
Oh my God. This is almost as good as Brazil, Buenos Aires D.C. Congratulations, Mr. Editor! You should win a one way ticket to see the Iguassu Falls at the Amazonic Forest... Read morePublished on July 19, 2001
I am a 10 year fan of Al DiMeola and have listened to just about every recording that the artist has released to date. I must say that this is one of my least favorite. Read morePublished on May 16, 2001 by "vpvancouver"
Since i'm one of Al's biggest fans and supporters in this part of the country, I figured i'd better write another review of one of his albums, and now is as good a time as any! Read morePublished on December 18, 2000 by Brandon S.