Lucilla Galeazzi has a voice of amazing clarity, versatility and beauty. This collection of songs allows that voice to shine. Lunario is full of conflicting feelings and expressions that are magically bridged by the simple power of the songs.
Lunario opens with "Ebla," a song originally performed by Novalia, an Italian roots group with male vocalists. The lyrics talk about being away from your loved one and in her version it gains extra levels of urgency and musicality, as her voice is much more highly trained when compared to the original group. "Rinello" is a vocal tour-de-force; she flirts with cacophony while still remaining pure and unpretentious. "O Venezia" is an appropriately sparse traditional song. The musically cheerful, yet lyrically confrontational "Trema la Terra (the Earth Moves)" follows, where the singer hopes she could have the same power as Earth to move, in order to clear it of all that is bad.
While Galeazzi's voice is the focus of her recordings, the variety of instrumentation is worthy of mention. At times it is a sumptuous ensemble of acoustic guitar, percussion, cello, accordion, clarinet and violin. Other songs are sparse, with just her voice, alone or with an acoustic guitar accenting the character and essence of the songs with great power.
The CD closes with "Terras del canto" that states "...every day I cry a little for a song, because every day a song dies... alas, thank goodness, the music is still alive." As long as performers of the caliber of Lucilla Galeazzi exist the music will indeed continue to live. - Nondas Kitsos
Audio:(c)2001 CNI, Italy, used by permission
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