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CD review: Gianluigi Trovesi & Gianni Coscia – La misteriosa musica della Regina Loana 2019: Videos, CD cover, Photo

This hugely enjoyable and highly inventive album is dedicated to the late Umberto Eco, a lifelong friend of accordionist Gianni Coscia and an ardent champion of this particular duo.

Eco’s The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna, a meditation on the nature of memory, inspires Trovesi and Coscia on their own nostalgic and exploratory journey, referencing music mentioned in the novel and free-associating upon its philosophical themes. As ever, the Italians cast a wide net, playing songs associated with Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller and George Formby, paraphrasing Janáček, dipping into movie music, and improvising most creatively while keeping their dedicatee in view. Repertoire revisits “Interludio”, a piece that Umberto Eco and Gianni Coscia collaborated on 70 years ago, and Gianluigi Trovesi crafts a new composition on the letters of Eco’s name. From multiple perspectives, a brilliant tribute.

There is nothing more seductive than artfulness, when it has the humility to disguise itself as artlessness. And especially when it generates, at every new quotation or invention, a feast of timbre capable of getting the maximum possible out of the instruments, in a natural way … This then is one way to add a popular dimension to cultivated music and a cultivated dimension to popular music. So there’s no need to wonder about in which temple we should place the music of Coscia and Trovesi. On a street corner or in a concert hall, they would feel at home just the same.

1 Interludio 03:02
2 Nebjana I 00:43
3 Basin Street Blues 03:38
4 Nebjana II 00:20
5 As Time Goes By 01:59
6 Pippo non lo sa 01:25
7 Fischia il vento 02:17
8 Moonlight Serenade 04:34
9 In cerca di te 02:41
10 Bel Ami 03:02
11 Eco 01:48
12 EIAR 07:17
13 Gragnola 05:17
14 Nebjana III 00:34
15 Inno dei sommergibili 01:43
16 Umberto 03:05
17 Volando 02:29
18 La Piccinina 03:41
19 Moonlight Serenade (Var.) 01:11

Gianluigi Trovesi, piccolo clarinet, alto clarinet
Gianni Coscia, accordion 

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