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Tribute To Beethoven Drum In The Symphony No. 9
(Batteur Magazine n° 197: November, 2006)
Re-readings of classic music are always been a dangerous challenge. The Italian drummer Massimo Aiello decided to play a drum part over Beethoven’s Symphony n.9. The richer symphony of the German composer is made of four movements, among which there is the famous “Inno alla gioia”. Massimo Aiello did a big work of writing to perform and accompany this opera of more than an hour. I have to say that I do not completely agree at his way of working. Each movements of this symphony are not necessarily suitable for a drum part; probably it would be preferred to choose shorter works. It is not my taste to approach binary rock rhythms than some jazz accompaniment. Probably it would be more interesting the use of brushes or mallets to try new colors (Massimo Aiello’s note: "brushes and mallets has been hardly used, does the reviewer listen the CD?.... I think not....I’m sorry!").
I recognize the hard work needed to
realize a similar record, but the final result leaves me cold. Listen to get the
general idea of it.
Reviewed by JEAN-BAPTISTE PERRAUDIN
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