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Usually, when I decided to write a review I beliave that the music included in the particular work is a high profile work of art. It has been hard for me to consider Sorrenti's ARIA. I understand that this is a non-commercial album and maybe it will not fit all people wishes. There only four songs. The first one, almost twenty minutes, is simply a masterpiece. The magical game between Ponty's violin, Nazzero classic guitar and Sorrenti's voice is mythical...This a very special album for a quite few magical moments......
His masterpiece Aria is inspired by Tim buckley starsailor and Peter hammill's vocal voice. The work is rather experimental and psychedelic and not easy to listen but was a best seller in 1972. His work was such rated that he was called by pink floyd for a tournee in Italy together and peter hammill decided to partecipate directly to the successive sorrenti's work (coem un vecchio incensiere).
The eponymous title, a side-lenght epic with almost 20 minutes is a kind of disturbing symphony, opening with bird chants and ending in a rhythmically dramatic manner. It's structure seems a patchwork, beautifully adorned with Jean-Luc Ponty's violin as a guest...a superb progressive theme in the genre!!
The other three songs are in the similar quality, especially "La Mia Mente", with Sorrenti stretching some words (of course in italian with much more dramatic accent!!) in a neurotic (spooky!!!) manner...it is poetry at the most intense in music, certainly a classic (a masterpiece I've said already)!!!
Sorrenti's voice and relatively sparse instrumental accompaniment are remarkable in how much they accomplish, which is nothing short of mind travel.
If you've only now come to (like) this music, I suggest you look up the Italian progressive bands active in the 1st half of the 1970s (in the 2nd half, they lost it). In addition to what you can find on Wikipedia, I'd also recommend: Panna Fredda, Delirium, and Sorrenti's own: Come Un Vecchio Incensiere.
P.S. No, I don't understand most Italian words either. From the experience with the British progressive music, the lyrics are probably something to enjoy just as much as the music.
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