Antonello Paliotti - La Montagna Fredda
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Antonello Paliotti
La Montagna Fredda
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cd cover On his third solo recording, guitarist Antonello Paliotti revisits the traditions of Southern Italy (and in particular the tarantella), helped along for the first time by some fine vocalists.

His classical guitar comes to the fore on La Montagna Fredda, creating a soundscape that is appropriate to the feel of those songs. Somewhere between an impromptu street party and a classical concert, this recording balances the past and the present, the learned and the vernacular traditions of Naples that make the music of that city so unique. This can best be felt in the cover of "Santa Lucia" (a Neapolitan song par excellence, if ever there was one). There is something deeply comforting and refreshingly new about it, and that spirit permeates each track.

The guest singers (Gianni Lamagna, Brunella Selo, Luciano Catapano, Lello Giulivo, Antonio "'o stocc'" Esposito, Mike van der Vijver) are all great, sounding operatic or melodramatic enough, as well as jolly or sincere enough. The musicians (Leonardo Massa, Raffaele Filaci, Roberto Schiano, Maddalena Abbate, E Zezi di Pomigliano and Valdo Nastri) are also exquisite. Although this is a recording revolving around the classical guitar, it is still full of the sound of other instruments.

Apart from the already mentioned "Santa Lucia," other standout tracks include "Ciccuzza," "Tu m' haje prummiso" and the title track " 'A muntagnafredda" (the cold mountain, referring to the always present, intimidating and invigorating Mt. Vesuvius) and finally, "Sto calascione."

This collection of both traditional and self-penned songs will appeal to all friends of the Neapolitan tradition and also to those who love the sound of classical guitar. (I should also note that Felmay have done a great job with the English translation of the liner notes.) - Nondas Kitsos

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