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Aquilarco

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Sicilian Giovanni Sollima probably isn't the best cello improviser/composer (save that title for Amsterdam's Ernst Reijseger or the late Tom Cora), but his playing is infectious and, as evidenced by this disc, his craft for fusing disparate sonic elements is exceptional. On this album, Sollima attempts to "describe stories about flying and traveling through the air" with his trademark minimalist cello playing. The bulk of this work is divided amongst nine aquilarcos--Sollima's invented compound that comprises the Italian words for kite (aquilone) and bow (arco). These chamber-music pieces are a diverse lot, to say the least, with electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, and flute popping up. Upon hearing the soft repetitions of "Aquilarco No. 2," the listener will be left wondering, is this New Age, New Music, or jazz fusion? But these tunes defy categorization. "Aquilarco No. 3" sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a chase scene; No. 9, subtitled "Rotating Dance," unwraps itself to feature Sollima's furious sawing accentuating an electric guitar. The last three compositions on the disc feature the voice of Robert Wilson on top of Sollima's mesmerizing playing. What ties these numbers together? Sollima's soaring compositions, of course, which are inspiring, digestible, and entrancing. --Jason Verlinde

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aquilarco #1 (Prelude)
  2. Aquilarco #2 (Hinton's Drawings)
  3. Aquilarco #3 (Ornithomanteia)
  4. Aquilarco #4 (Aquilastre)
  5. Aquilarco #5 (Leonardo's Ornithopterus)
  6. Aquilarco #6 (Spinning Top Prelude)
  7. Aquilarco #7 (Rotating Dance)
  8. Aquilarco #8 (Aria)
  9. Aquilarco #9 (Rotating Dance)
  10. Loof And Let Dime
  11. Di Di
  12. Give You Up


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Point / Philips
  • ASIN: B000009OU1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cellist Giovanni Sollima, working with a talented ensemble in Palermo Italy and New York, manages to capture the essence of flying in these twelve pieces. An extra treat can be found in the final three tracks, where Robert Wilson reads text by Christopher Knowles to the accompaniment of Sollima's group. The occasional use of an electric guitar is the only flaw to be found in this glittering gem, though even this may simply be a prejuidice on my part.
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This CD has amazing composition. Definitely one of the most passionate Cellists of our day. What a shame he isn't more popular in the US because I WANT TO GO TO HIS CONCERT!
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