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Per Non Perderli

Massimo Aiello
Tribute to Beethoven
(Azzurra Music)

Track List:

1) 1th Movement: Allegro ma non troppo,un poco maestoso
2) 2th Movement: Molto Vivace
3) Present for Ludwig + 3th Movement: Adagio molto e cantabile
4) 4th Movement: Presto (whit final chorus)
- Ode to Joy
- Melodic drum solo
- Rest of the final
Line up:

Massimo Aiello: Drums
Slovenian Radio Orchestra, conductor:
Walter Attanasi
It's with great pleasure that I listened to this record, and I must say that this record is completely free from any marketing or commercial intention. Even if it is evident that records are made for the purpose of being sold , drummer Massimo Aiello's  Tribute to Beethoven is definetely a record targeted at a very small niche. Although mixtures of heavy metal and classicla music are nowadays nothing new, here is something completely different; it's a classical music recording, Beethoven Ninth Symphony recorded by the Slovenian Radio Orchestra and conducted by  Walter Attanasi. So What does Massimo Aiello have to do with all this? Aiello, as he states,  has done nothing but stepping inside the music, to pay his own tribute to a great master of the past.
The neapolitan drummer with this work wanted to show a diferent way of drumming in a different context, that of classical music.
In fact, if you  expect  a tribute like the ones we heavy-metal fans are used to, you will be disappointed, becouse in fact it is a classical recording played by an orchestra  along with a drumset, but you know what? The experiment is definetely successfull, becouse Massimo Aiello plays  like a symphonic percussionist, and has reinvented the drum as an orchestra instrument, giving the listeners  the chance, even to those that are not used to it,  of listening to some new and different music without being bored into turning the stereo off.

Stefano Bonelli