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12 Mar 2017

New Trolls "Concerto Grosso 3 The Seven Seasons" 2007 Italy Prog Symphonic





New Trolls  "Concerto Grosso 3 The Seven Seasons"  2007 Italy Prog Symphonic
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Most reunion albums by old progressive rock bands are disappointing. The latest collaboration between Nico Di Palo and Vittorio de Scalzi, arguably the most important members of the original New Trolls, is anything but. If anything this may be New Trolls' best album to date. Nico Di Palo's vocals have never sounded better and his Italian accent is now so muted at to be almost undetectable.

The style of the album is pure '70s progressive with heavy classical quotation, so this truly is a follow-up to the two previous Concerto Grosso albums (1971 & 1976). Of course, de Scalzi and Di Palo have the advantage of 21st century recording techniques and another 30 years of experience. The result is an amazingly crisp album that aptly demonstrates that the progressive rock /classic rock style is anything but dead and that new, creative, and enjoyable music can still be recorded by the right artists. Here is '70s art rock just lightly updated for the 21st century. "Concerto Grosso, The Seven Seasons" is absolutely brilliant and highly recommended for all progressive rock afficionados, not just fans of New Trolls.....by.........caitlynmaire 

 Well, this is the reunion between two masterminds Vittorio De Scalzi and Nico Di Palo. 2007 looks like a wonderful year for prog in Italy. I wonder what it will be next.
Concerto Grosso - third act - shows an obvious reference to both the first two Concerto Grosso's (the excellent opener "The Knowledge (Overture) shows it clearly, especially for the first one). The baroque orchestra and sound is the cornerstone upon which all the tracks' selection is based. Harder and softer moments alternates with a more relevant role for delicate and romantic interludes. I was really astonished and enthousiast since the very first listening 'cause I couldn't even imagine such a high standard of quality. Classic New Trolls have returned!

People, believe in me, you have to try the couple "The Season Of Hope (Piano Preludio)" and "Simply Angels (Suite)"...well, that's wonderful, in the best New Trolls tradition.

Excellent also the vocal richness, thanks to the help of a certain Shel Shapiro (leader of the beat italian band "Rokes") and his deep and warm voice and soprano Madelyn Monti.

A new gem......... by Andrea Cortese ..............

 I New Trolls started their career in 1966 in Genoa, influenced by beat and psychedelia. Then, in 1971, they turned to progressive rock and later to pop. Nowadays I New Trolls continue to keep alive their repertoire with excellent live performances even if they have now split into many branches with old and younger members playing in different line-ups. One of these is La Leggenda dei New Trolls, featuring founder members Vittorio De Scalzi (vocals, piano, guitar, flute) and Nico Di Palo (vocals, keyboards) along with Alfio Vitanza (drums, vocals), Andrea Maddalone (acoustic and electric guitars, vocals), Mauro Sposito (electric guitar, vocals) and Francesco Bellia (bass, vocals). In 2007 they released on the independent label Aereostella an interesting new album with an orchestra, Concerto Grosso - The Seven Seasons where you can find a new creativity and an excellent interplay between rock instruments and orchestra. Nico Di Palo here is in the background, because of the consequences of a car accident now he can hardly move his left arm and he can't play guitar any more, but New Troll's fan still love him and his voice. In this work the orchestra conductor, Maestro Stefano Cabrera and guitar virtuoso Andrea Maddalone play an important role too and with the executive producer, PFM's drummer Franz Di Cioccio, they contribute to the excellent final result.
The opener "The Knowledge (Overture)" is an instrumental that recalls the first Concerto Grosso and there's an excellent interaction between the orchestra and the band. The following "Dance With The Rain (Ballata)" is a delicate, soft ballad featuring soaring vocals upon a classical guitar arpeggio and a good flute work by Vittorio De Scalzi. The lyrics by Shel Shapiro depict images inspired by universal love and comprehension, love for mother nature and for the mystery of life... "Have you ever tried to dance with the rain? Have you ever tried to fly to the stars? Has compassion ruled your world? Could an overdose of knowledge divide? Dance with me and let your heart decide...".

"Future Joy (Scherzo)" is another interesting and joyful "instrumental dialogue" between orchestra and electric instruments with the guitar of Andrea Maddalone in the forefront. "High Education (Cello cadenza)" is a cello performance provided by Stefano Cabrera that leads to the following track, "The Seventh Season (Ostinato)", more in a pop vein and that in some way reminds me of the Gianpiero Reverberi's project called Rondò Veneziano. This piece features the narrative vocals of the lyricist Shel Shapiro, it's a kind of prayer invoking a new season that could bring love and a new balance in the relationship between men and nature... "The seventh season will teach you to love the land / The seventh season will teach you to love again...".

"One Magic Night (Larghetto)" is a beautiful, melodic air where the lead "pop vocals" of Vittorio De Scalzi are counter-pointed by the operatic vocals of the soprano Madelyn Monti (who sings in Italian). The lyrics conjure up a magic night where dreams come true and the light of knowledge leads you... "Dream a dream of northern lights... Sleep and let your spirit heal... Let your mind flow like a river / Give it freedom, let it fly / All you have to do is try...".

The instrumental "Barocco'n'Roll (Allegro brioso)" is another interesting example of blending between rock and baroque music while "Intro and Canone" is a short classical guitar piece that introduces the following track, "Testament Of Time (Andante)", featuring a beautiful melody and excellent harmony vocals. Here the lyrics evoke a future of joy where love can penetrate your mind at ease... "As the sea shifts the sand / Let us float away hand in hand...".

"The Ray Of White Light (Rondò)" is another track in a particular "pop vein" that could recall some works of Queen (or, if you prefer, "Le Roi Soleil" from Concerto Grosso N. 2). The lyrics invites you to follow the light of love... "Listen to your heart / And you will be loved in return / Don't be afraid / Follow the white stream... And like a love that's blind / You'll see the future behind / And feel the love alive in your heart...".

"To Love The Land (Adagio)" is a piano ballad featuring the lead vocals of Vittorio De Scalzi and a remarkable electric guitar work with the orchestra in the background. The lyrics draw another invocation to love and hope, another prayer to the god of earth, wind, fire and rain... "Like spring from the rain / The seventh season gives you love again...". The following "The Season Of Hope (Piano preludio)" is an interesting, calm duet between piano and viola that evolves into a more "progressive" and "jazzy" mood eventually leading to "Simply Angels (Suite)", in my opinion the best track on this album and the closest to the prog vein of the early Seventies, featuring shifting tempos and well balanced harmony vocals. The lyrics here compare a flock of birds to angels heading south, following the rhythm of seasons... "We're simply angels / We've been dancing with the rain / We birds are leaving / And we're flying south again...".

Next comes "Ethix (Canzona)", a simple melodic song sung by Vittorio De Scalzi that here seems almost trying to draw the listeners away from their daily grind leading them in a world of dreams... "I hate the noise of the world of today...". A "bonus track" concludes the album. It's "So che ci sei", the Italian version of "Dance With The Rain" and I have to say that I like this version more than the English one...

To be honest the lyrics by Shel Shapiro are a bit naïve and the conceptual thread is not completely convincing but the music is really good and even in the "pop oriented" passages you can always find a pleasant, never banal sense of melody. Have a try!........by andrea .................

 I was pleasantly surprised with the news that this legendary Italian formation has released a new album I still love their 2-LP Searching For A Land (1973), what a great musicians, what a variety an dhow many musical highlights! Like the other legendary Seventies Italian reunion bands Le Orme, Banco and PFM, New Trolls showcases their huge qualities and creativiy on this new CD (15 songs, running time at about 75 minutes), what a stunning album!
The songs The Knowledge - Overture (flute like Jethro Tull), Future Joy (witht clarinet) and Barocco'n'Roll - allegro Brioso (fat guitarwork) sound like the typical late Sixties/early Seventies blend of classical and symphonic prog featuring a captivating tension between violins and fiery electric guitar with a bombastic and propulsive climate.On the other hand New Trolls also deliver mellow songs like Dance With The Rain - Ballatta (warme sound of twanging guitar, soft flute and violins), Intro And Canone (beautiful classical guitar), Testament Of Time - Andante (melancholical violins along clarinet and warm vocals with piano), The Season Of Hope -Piano Preludio - (sparkling piano solo) and Ethix - Canzona (wonderful ballad with piano, violins and vocals). Very strong are the varied tracks To Love The Land - Adagio (more and more lush and compelling with a captivating contrast between violins and guitar and two sensitive guitar solos), the Queen-like The Ray Of White Light - Rondo (first Grand piano, then a strong build with a rock-opera-like atmosphere with great guitar work) and the captivating Simply Angels - Suite (bombastic and compelling with a lush instrumentation, from biting guitar and vibraphone to a violin orchestra). The final song So Che Ci Sei (Italian version of Dance With The Rain) is unfortunately the only one in the wonderful and so expressive Italian language, it sounds warm and dreamy with twanging acoustic guitar, flute, violin and clarinet, simply wonderful!

To me this new album by RPI legend New Trolls sounds impressive, perhaps a bit less rock and more classical but just like their acclaimed 2-LP Searching For A Land very varied and captivating. For me New Trolls are the only trolls we appreciate on Prog Archives!!........by erik neuteboom ................

 Regarding their progressive face, New Trolls were undoubtfully on a decline in late-70's, despite also recruiting Nuova Idea's keyboardist Giorgio Usai in 1978.The group released series of average Pop Rock albums until the early-90's, when they finally spliy up.Various incarnations appeared later, like Vittorio De Scalzi's New Trolls, Il Mito dei New Trolls and Il Cuore dei New Trolls, all of them played live in several occasions and were led by different ex-members of the group.Eventually in 2007 De Scalzi reunited with Nico Di Palo and a rather fresh line-up with Alfio Vitanza (drums, vocals), Andrea Maddalone and Mauro Sposito (guitars, vocals), all members of Vittorio De Scalzi's New Trolls in early-00's, and Francesco Bellia (bass, vocals).Originally established as a live act, the brand New Trolls formation finally put up a third chapter in the ''Concerto grosso'' series, entitled ''The seven seasons'', originally released as an indepedent album.
And we should thank the Goddess of luck for this new formation of the Italian veterans, as New Trolls apparently came up with their best release ever and a great Progressive Rock masterpiece.The sound has strong links with the first album of the series, although all lyrics are sung in English and this time the result is much more consistent.''The seven seasons'' is a beautiful work, full of romantic Classical orchestrations as well as impressive rockin' ideas with excellent guitar parts and strong flute work.Next to the familiar Classical adaptions by the group, led by majestic string sections, stand plenty of fantastic melodies, Hard Rock grooves and symphonic soundscapes of unmet grandieur.The vocals are also great, delivered by De Scalzi and Palo in a very senstive way.This time though the group has filled its sound with some pretty delicate Folk parts, based on acoustic guitars and flutes with a strong Mediterrenean aura, interrupting the more pounding parts of the album.Add some impressive guitar solos to the mix and you have propably one of the best Classical Rock albums ever to see the light.

This was a great, great suprise.After so many conflicts and a history full of ups and downs, New Trolls returned with a triumphant work.Grandiose and extremely emotional Progressive/Classical Rock of the best quality.Close to a masterpiece, definitely one of the best music works ever to come out from Italy...by apps79 .................

Concerto Grosso 3 is a new record from legendary Italian progressive rockers, and for me it is the best symphonic rock album of the year 2007.
The record can be described in one word - excellent, and it is excellent in every way - the melodies are outstanding, the musicianship is of highest quality, the production is top notch.
The record stands proud among countless numbers of releases of various modern progressive rock bands which one can hardly tell one from another.
Having heard this record, you will never forget it!
The music is of the same highest quality as Concerto Grosso 1, but more mature and a bit more commercial with substantial emphasis on orchestral parts.

Listening to this record is a never-ending pleasure.................ByYouri............

  Line-up / Musicians
New Trolls:
- Vittorio De Scalzi / voice, Gran piano, classic guitar, traverse flute
- Nico Di Palo / voice, keyboards

With:
- Alfio Vitanza / drums, voice
- Andrea Maddalone / acoustic and electric guitar, voice
- Mauro Sposito / electric guitar, voice
- Francesco Bellia / bass, voice

With the partecipation of The White Light Orchestra:
- Roberto Izzo / 1st violin
- Raffaele Rebaudengo / 1st viola
- Mirko Foschi / Oboe

Guests:
- Stefano Chiabrera / cello (4)
- Shel Shapiro / narrator voice (5)
- Martino Coppo / mandolin (6)

Special guest:
- Madelyn Monti / soprano voice (6)

Songs / Tracks Listing
1.The Knowledge (Overture) (1:34)
2. Dance With The Rain (Ballata) (4:24)
3. Future Joy (Scherzo) (2:50)
4. High Education (Cello Cadenza) (1:43)
5. The SeVenth Season (Ostinato) (5:31)
6. One Magic Night (Larghetto) (5:52)
7. Barocco'n'Roll (allegro Brioso) (2:57)
8. Intro and Canone (1:34)
9. Testament Of Time (Andante) (4:27)
10. The Ray Of White Light (Rond?) (4:35)
11. To Love The Land (Adagio) (4:45)
12. The Season Of Hope (Piano Preludio) (5:00)
13. Simply Angels (Suite) (6:25)
14. Ethix (Canzona) (3:07) 

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