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Roz Vitalis: Patience of Hope

Roz Vitalis is made up of Vladimir Efimov, on electric guitars and keyboards; Yury Khomonenko, on percussion, drums, and accordian; Ruslan Kirillov, on bass guitar; Vladislav Korotkikh, on flutes and Jew's harp; Ivan Rozmainsky, on grand Steinway piano, harpsichord, Hammond RT-3 organ, other keyboards, and metallophone; Phillip Semenov, on drums; and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, on electric and bass guitars.

Patience of Hope is full of surprises, right from the opening track. The title opens like something straight off Genesis' Foxtrot, only this time with harpsichord and flute. It sounds classical and perfect, until the fast running drums and percussion enter to take a new course. The harpsichord returns with flute and the wonder continues.

"The Unfading Sun" continues the wonder this time with that grand Steinway. Trumpets, flugelhorn, and chimes follow to create an even more profound soundscape. Cellos open "To Stir Up Your Pure Minds", along with clarinet and bassoon. Intricate and delicate music set within a classical mystique. Excellent.

Rather than reveal all the secrets of this album though, I will say that there is a wonderful surprise on every track of this album. Yes, it is all instrumental, but words would only have detracted from the wonder and magical performances within. Yes, you must have the 'Patience of Hope' to appreciate this album. ;^)

This is the best instrumental album I heard from 2012, I only wish I had reviewed it in time to include it within my best of the year.

There is a little music from almost every genre of rock and prog. Classical to even at times jazz.

Get this. Sit back and have the patience to hope and wonder what will come next. Fascinating!

Track Listing:

1. Patience of Hope
2. The Unfading Sun (The Loved Version)
3. To Stir Up Your Pure Minds
4. Seeds Fell Among Thorns
5. The Forgiven Monday
6. Gorgeous Cliff
7. Mother of All Rain
8. Confidence
9. Dove il Sole E Meraviglia
10. Touching Upon the Mystery
11. The Unfading Sun (The Loving Version)

Added: January 22nd 2013
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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