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Lucilla Galeazzi

cd cover 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.

Galeazzi reaches the apex of the album in "Per Sergio," a song for a friend killed in a terrorist attack in 1980. Balancing the beauty of her long-lost friend with her desire to still feel him close to her, she defiantly eradicates the result of that "black bomb" with this memorial. The powerful "Cinturini," a song for textile workers in the early 20th century is politically contemporary within an historical context. "Voi che amate," a religious lament, is given a very personal, scintillating a capella performance, while "Sogna Fiore Mio" and "Ninne Nanne", two lullabies that are equally sweet and tender present an interesting lyrical counterbalance, although in keeping with the overall tone of the album. Next, is the inappropriately titled "Ah Vita Bella" that signifies the end of a relationship in a musical context so harmonious that you feel that this is just a phase and not the end of the affair.

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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