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5.0 out of 5 stars Get in the Mediterranean Mood, January 14, 2001
This review is from: Mediterranean Moods (Audio CD)
To answer the question, "What does Mediterranean Moods mean and what is Mediterranean music?" in Mediterranean Moods, Sims and Cirillo delve into not merely history, but also agronomy, economics, geography, and more. They dedicate this monumental synthesis of the influences that eventually produced Mediterranean music as we know it to "the philosophers and the peasants." Cirillo's intense playing is based on a musician's passion. Mediterranean Moods is Cirillo's way of leading the listener beyond the popular, romantic image of this region as an eternally bountiful land. He has arranged songs explaining how the complex web of influences between the fall of the Roman Empire in the 6th century and the Age of Reason in the 17th century transformed the Mediterranean from a harsh place where poverty and famine ruled to one we could romanticize, seeing it as ever lush with ballads, laments, artisanal verse, and simple but well-sung folksong. Those who rise to absorb the lilting strains of Marsha Sims' exquisite vocals, will receive a profound education about Mediterranean song as it historically relates to the moods of passion. While Mediterranean Moods feeds the mind, it also offers a wealth of authentic and intriguing song from the entire northern region, from France to Spain to Italy. Listeners primarily interested in authenticity can flip through this CD picking out remarkable pieces such as the traditional folksongs of southern Italy. -Frank Zajac
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