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Celeste: With Celestial Symphony Orchestra

Honestly, is there anything more breathtakingly beautiful in all of progressive rock than a Celeste album? These legends of Italian prog sure haven't been prolific in their career, but when the band graces us with new music, it's certainly a welcome event, and here we have their latest, With Celestial Symphony Orchestra. From the opening Mellotron waves of "Blu Genziana" and the subsequent flowing piano notes, we are off the races once again for an hour plus of gorgeous symphonic progressive rock music. Led as always by band mastermind/songwriter/keyboard player Ciro Perrino, Celeste's music takes the listener on twists and turns throughout this entire album, augmented by a full orchestra this go round. Whether it be on the dramatic & haunting "Nuove Galassie", the uplifting "Angeliche Prospettive" (oh, those flutes and clarinet!), the dreamy "Ali Passeggere" (there's that weepy Mellotron again!), or the sumptuous classic strains of "Cascate di Cristallo", there's no end in sight to the wondrous sounds this band can create. Vocals are mixed between male and female, and of course it's all in Italian, but that element only adds to the relaxed, alluring nature of this music. Celeste were never the most 'rocking' band in prog, and truth be told, there's literally no 'rock' on this album, but if gorgeous classical & folk drenched soundscapes littered with Mellotron, piano, reeds, horns, acoustic guitar, & gentle percussion sounds appealing, you've come to the right place.

With Celestial Symphony Orchestra is another fine additional to the absolutely gorgeous discography of Celeste. Ciro has stated that another Celeste album is in the works, so we anxiously await that one while continuing to enjoy this fine piece of work.

Ciro Perrino: Mellotron, Solina, Eminent, Hammond, Mini Moog, ARP 2600, Voce Solista
Francesco Bertone: Basso Elettrico
Enzo Cioffi: Batteria
Marco Moro: Flauto, Flauto in Sol
Mauro Vero: Chitarre Acustiche, Chitarra Elettrica

Marco Canepa: Pianoforte Acustico
Ines Aliprandi: Voce Solista in “Blu Genziana”, “Nuove Galassie”, “Pausa di Quiete”, Ali Passeggere”, “Boschi e Lanterne”, “Sogni Elisi”, “Ombre Cremisi”
Ciro Carlo Antonio Perrino: Voce Solista in “Blu Genziana”
Roberto Tiranti: Voce Solista in “Angeliche Prospettive” e “Druidi e Musici”
Amanda Coggiola: Oboe e Corno Inglese
Vittorio De Franceschi: Clarinetto e Clarinetto Basso
Paola Sales: Fagotto
Luigi Cocco: Tromba in Do
Andrea Paolocci: Corno in Fa
Stefano Bianchi: Trombone

Ilaria Bruzzone: Violino
Daniele Guerci: Violino
Noemi Kamaras: Violino
Laura Sillitti: Violino
Alessandro Sacco: Viola
Roberta Tumminello: Viola
Arianna Menesini: Violoncello

Track Listing
1. Blu Genziana 05:21
2. Nuove Galassie 04:56
3. Angeliche Prospettive 04:00
4. Pausa di Quiete 03:51
5. Ali Passeggere 06:50
6. Boschi e Lanterne 05:28
7. Druidi e Musici 04:47
8. Sogni Elisi 05:46
9. Cascate di Cristallo 07:25
10. Maurice 06:08
11. Echi 04:17
12. Ombre Cremisi 05:35
13. Ametista ed Opale 04:53

Added: June 3rd 2023
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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