Aiello : Tribute To Beethoven: Drum in The Symphony no. 9 (Azurra
Aiello gives a percussionist's salute to the classical master Beethoven;
if you've ever felt that "plain old" symphonic arrangements
could stand to be pepped up by a little more drumplay, then perhaps
this'll spark your interest. The drummy additions are subtly introduced
during 1° Movement, as traditional kettle drums are augmented
by light inclusions of snares, cymbals, etc.; the new beats are tastefully
applied, rather than stomping all over the production. Massimo's kit
takes a pounding during the more rousing passages of 2° Movement,
then receding in the lighter movements. Even
I recognize Ode To Joy though was startled by the frog-warbling
male opera voice. Of course, not being too "into" classical,
I'm neither overwhelmed by the augmentation nor outraged by the desecration...
but a B- to Massimo for following
his rhythmic muse.
David J Opdyke
overviews posted 12.13.03
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