- Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Akarma
- ASIN: B001TW68ZE
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,745 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Passio Secundum Mattheum
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The debut of LATTE E MIELE "Passio Secundum Mattheum" is a concept album based on the Passion of Christ. The band uses recurring themes to great effect and has moments of virtuosic musicianship, with a grandiose and impressive sound for a three-piece. The arrangements include choirs, church-organ and lots of fine synth-work from keyboardist Oliviero Lacagnina. The vocals vary from narrative to beautifully melodic and emotional in the best Italian tradition.
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If I had to take just an arm full of albums with me to the deserted Island I would definitely take "Passio Secundum Mattheum" with me !
I discovered this album a long while now ago and have played this album so many times and still just love it all. Gorgeous songs with a nice progressive rock symphonic vibe all the way thru. Fans of PFM, LE Orme will love this album I am sure.
So who ever called these guys an "ELP wanna be" should go play on the highway! LATTE E MIELE offer only subtle reminders of the great ELP, but certainly take us here down a journey into the unknown. This is one of the all time classic Italian prog releases. Here dream-like passages are intertwined with the narrative of the story giving the listener a full concept feeling. LATTE E MIELE offer here some very dynamic mood swings and go from pastel pastures to heavy jazz-like passages. This album contains some of the greatest progressive rock moments ever recorded from Italy. This recording is multi-layered and has many operatic influences giving a full and intelligent feel to the recording throughout... it is one of my all time favs and is essential in anyone's collections.
To Simon, I have read many of your reviews (in fact I wish they were all together somewhere as I generally find them randomly in exploring) and usually find them very insightful and useful, but, I really think you missed the boat on this one. The music is somewhat innocent and derivative of other sources (and therefore not as mature as some of the better known Italian prog bands), but it is put together nicely with a lot of variety. There aren't many vocals other than the choir, which I find pleasant.
Overall, another good listen from Italy.
The music doesn't overtly borrow from Bach, but this is clearly done in the same spirit, with passages slowly building up to strong, powerful crescendos. The songs are generally shortish in length, but run one into the other giving a strong feel of continuity.
It always amazes me how much power a three piece band can get, and Latte e Miele certainly deliver with all the flair perculiar to the Italian prog bands. While not quite in the league of the very best Italian albums, this certainly has its moments with a couple of strong riffs and good musicianship all around. A must have for those starting to delve deeper into the wonders of Italian prog.