Tarantelle and Canti d'Amore

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Few have immersed themselves more deeply in the Southern Italian dance called the tarantella than Alessandra Belloni. She's a masterful, passionate singer and an expert of frame drums and tambourines, and she's perfectly matched by the musicians she's gathered around her, with Jon Deninzon on violin a particular standout listen to his work on "Tarantella Di Ogliastro". The mix of mostly traditional songs and chants along with Belloni originals is rich and fiery, with nothing held back in performance. On the slower material -- the lullaby "Nia Nia," for example -- there's a lovely depth to her singing, which is also evident on the gorgeous love song "La Rusciu Di Lu Mari,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Few have immersed themselves more deeply in the Southern Italian dance called the tarantella than Alessandra Belloni. She's a masterful, passionate singer and an expert of frame drums and tambourines, and she's perfectly matched by the musicians she's gathered around her, with Jon Deninzon on violin a particular standout listen to his work on "Tarantella Di Ogliastro". The mix of mostly traditional songs and chants along with Belloni originals is rich and fiery, with nothing held back in performance. On the slower material -- the lullaby "Nia Nia," for example -- there's a lovely depth to her singing, which is also evident on the gorgeous love song "La Rusciu Di Lu Mari," whose cadences could almost be Celtic. Belloni's "Palomma D'Ammore" has a decidedly more modern sound, working around a riff on bass guitar that initially seems at odds with the rest of the album. But it works as the other instruments appear, although it lacks the form of the traditional material. On the basis of this and her previous work, Belloni is a major folk artist, although she perhaps sees herself as working more within the healing and spiritual powers of the tarantella which is certainly a part of what she does. And she's produced yet another powerful disc here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943704929
  • Catalog Number: 76049
  • Sales rank: 222,862

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alessandra Belloni Primary Artist, Castanets, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal), Bodhran, Improvisation
Steve Gorn Clarinet, Saxophone, Bansuri
John La Barbera Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Saz, Chitarrone, Mandola, Classical Guitar, Improvisation
Mauro Refosco Dumbek, Percussion, Timbales, Bells, Balafon, Berimbau, Pandeiro, Frame Drum
Emmanuel Mann Bass, Bass Guitar
Joe Deninzon Harmonica, Violin
Olivier Marcaud Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
John La Barbera Arranger, Producer, Music Direction
Tommy Tedesco Producer, Engineer
Ronnie Thomas Engineer
Mauro Refosco Contributor
Alessandra Belloni Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
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