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Michele Andalo Quartet: Luna malinconica

By Alfredo Bracchi

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Composed by Alfredo Bracchi, Ennio Neri, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and Cesare Andrea Bixio. Classical. CD. Bongiovanni #GB00001. Published by Bongiovanni (NX.GB00001).

Item Number: NX.GB00001

Between the 1920s and 1940s, Italian song was as much about memories, nostalgia and melancholy as it was about a longing for life and happiness. And although music in Italy at the time was still dominated by opera and the Neapolitan tradition, new tunes were making inroads into the country and Europe through the radio with the increasing number of broadcasts of American Jazz. The combination of Italian tradition and this modern music from the USA yielded miniature masterpieces delivered with carefree passion. A host of inspired Italian composers, including such names as Bixio and D'Anzi, rose to the occasion with the charming "Parlami d'Amore Mariu", "Luna Malinconica", (the Italian version of "Blue Moon"), and many more unforgettable melodies and lyrics that fired and inspired several generations. And today The Michele Andalo Quartet brings to this timeless repertoire a new approach that, for the first time ever, teams the velvet voice of a countertenor with an original instrumental lineup in a summit meeting of Jazz and Classical intended to delight listeners with these vintage songs that combine depth and delicacy in equal measure.

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