Le Nuvole

Le Nuvole

by Fabrizio De André

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Overview

Le Nuvole

De André originally intended to continue his investigation of Mediterranean folk music, so successfully explored in 1984's groundbreaking Creuza de Mä. However, he felt that such a task would distance him from committing to record his opinion on the political upheaval going on in Europe and in Italy at the time of the fall of the Berlin wall. Since he was equally keen on both counts, he conceived a new project, loosely inspired on Aristophanes' play The Clouds. De André divided Le Nuvole into two mini-suites, one per each side. The first one, sung in Italian, deals with the desolate state of current affairs in Italy, where moral decadence and political corruption had managed to contaminate all ideologies, rendered now effectively meaningless. The second side, sung in Genoese, Sardinian, and Neapolitan dialect, consists of a series of folk tales, in the vein of Creuza de Mä. If De André had considerably slowed down his output since the early '80s, he compensated with a rise of his already notorious fastidious perfectionism. Le Nuvole involved a cast of dozens of musicians, as well as three arrangers, Mauro Pagani, Piero Milesi, and Sergio Conforti. Pagani, the musical brain behind Creuza de Mä also was also credited as co-composer, and Massimo Bubola and Ivano Fossati collaborated on the texts of three songs. Le Nuvole took four years to complete, but it was worth the wait: it is probably the most superbly arranged album of the entire De André discography. Musically, it spreads from Viennese waltzes and Neapolitan songs from the 18th century to orchestral pieces and folk songs played on ethnic instruments. While every track in Le Nuvole is ostensibly great, and the diversity of styles showcases De André's impressive versatility, the record's hybrid nature makes it sound like two different albums instead of a single cohesive masterpiece. The first side brilliantly updates De André's topical songwriter credentials, adding a few more classics to the catalog in the process such as "Don Raffae'" and "La Domenica Delle Salme." This last song is a perfect political counterpoint to De André's autobiographical classic "Amico Fragile," built around a similar tremolo pattern. It is also equally harrowingly sarcastic in tone, a seven-and-a-half minute clenched-teeth fresco of contemporary society plagued by organized violence, racial intolerance, immoral opportunism, and social and political indifference. The second side is less immediately impressive (or disturbing), but it is full of beautiful, reflective passages as well as superb vocal performances and arrangements. Indeed, as his simply gorgeous rendition of "La Nova Gelosia" (an ancient Neapolitan song rediscovered by Roberto Murolo) can attest, De André has seldom sung better than on this record.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
UPC: 0743219744623
catalogNumber: 197446
Rank: 263915

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fabrizio De André   Primary Artist,Vocals
Piero Milesi   Performing Ensemble
Mario Arcari   Trumpet
Amedeo Bianchi   Trumpet
Roberto Bonati   Contrabassoon
Walter Calloni   Drums
Carlo DeMartini   Violin
Demo Morselli   Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,Basso Continuo
Mauro Pagani   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Violin,Kazoo,Vocals,Bamboo Flute
Flavio Premoli   Fisarmonica
Silvio Righini   Cello
Giovanni Antonini   Flute
Stefano Barneschi   Violin
Enrico Onofri   Violin
Paolo Costa   Basso Continuo
Michele Ascolese   Chitarrone
Federico Sanesi   Darbouka
Renato Rivolta   Ottavino
Diane Rama   Soprano,Coro
Sergio Conforti   Piano,Harmonium,tastiere
Livia Baldi   Violin
Giacomo Trevisani   Violin
Adriano Ancarani   Cello
Giuseppe Barbareschi   Contrabassoon
Sebastiano Borelle   Viola
Michele Brescia   Flute
Esteban Candelario Cabèzas   Percussion
Alessandro Cairoli   Coro,Baritonos
Adelia Colombo   Corno D
Elena Confortini   Violin
Giuseppe Donno   Tenor (Vocal),Coro
Lucio Folilela   Basso Continuo,Coro
Franco Formenti   Viola
Anna Maria Galligani   Viola
Marria Gabriella Giaquinta   Corno D
Carlo Goj   Viola
Jorge Alberto Guerrero   Cello
Luciano Marconcini   Trumpet
Franco Pettinari   Ghironda
Nicola Zuccalà   Clarinet
Cristina Cassiani Ingoni   Viola
Maria Mereu   Vocals
Alessio Nava   Trombone
Brigid Sinead Nava   Violin
Carlo Proverbio   Coro,Baritonos
Sergio Orlandi   Trumpet
Nadia Pellicciari   Soprano,Coro
Beatrice Cosma Pomarico   Cello
Francesco Pomarico   Oboe
Emanuela Sfondrini   Violin
Umberto Marcandalli   Trumpet
Enrico Martinelli   Cello
Lucia Vivien Pick   Soprano,Coro
Lalla Pisano   Vocals
Giuseppe Lopopolo   Tenor (Vocal),Coro
Martino Lovisolo   Violin
Angelo Pusceddu   Percussion
Gianfranco Scafidi   Corno D
David Searcy   Triangle,Timpani
Debora Tedeschi   Violin
Maria Cristina Vasi   Violin
Luisa Vinci   Trombone
Bortolo Laffranchi   Coro,Baritonos
Caterina Dell'Agnello   Cello

Technical Credits

Piero Milesi   Arranger,Orchestra Director
Fabrizio De André   Arranger,Producer
Mauro Pagani   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ivano Fossati   Composer
Fabio Berruti   Graphic Restoration,Photo Restoration
Massimo Bubola   Composer
Sergio Conforti   Arranger
Samuel Bellamy   Author
Alfio Melotti   Contributor
Paolo Somià   Contributor

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