and from London a new 4 stars review on and The Sunday Times!!
“The band’s mesmeric pizzica folk style blends into soul ballads and hooky-heavy pop anthems that Durante created with some big hitting New York songwriters. Canzoniere, full of character and colours, does not compromise its gutsy pizzica roots”.
CGS is the more easily pronounced acronym for the dynamic south Italian folk group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Their leader, the violinist Mauro Durante, is probably the most exciting feature on Ludovico Einaudi’s world-conquering chill-out albums. This is a record also looking for an international audience. The band’s mesmeric pizzica folk style blends into soul ballads and hook-heavy pop anthems that Durante created with some big-hitting New York songwriters. Such projects can yield vapid crossover gloop, but Canzoniere, full of colour and character does not compromise its gutsy pizzica roots.
Of course, Anglo-Saxons will have to conquer their suspicion of listening to anything not sung in the Queen’s English (why no translation of lyrics in the sleeve notes?), but Canoniere is worth the trouble.
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