Il Vescovado – Franco Battiato, the memory of the two concerts in Ravello
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Franco Battiato, the memory of the two concerts in Ravello
Written by (editorial team), Tuesday May 18, 2021 12:01:08 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:01:08 PM
Ravello has hosted twice Franco Battiato. The first in the nineties with a concert in Piazza Vescovado, the last on 8 July 2000 on the Belvedere of Villa Rufolo. An unpublished concert included in the Wagnerian tradition review that began to open up, with the new millennium, to the idea of a musltidisciplinary festival. The Sicilian singer-songwriter presented his latest record, Fleurs, accompanied of course by the successes of his extraordinary career.
“An evocative« invitation to travel », from the light-hearted rock of the Rolling Stones to the refined French school of Charles Trenet, from the romantic Naples of Salvatore di Giacomo to the songwriting of Fabrizio De André. Songs collected in the Fleurs album, linked from the thread of a memory that avoids the risk of nostalgia by unifying Ruby Tuesday, Era de Maggio, Que restetil de nos amours, The song of lost love and other beautiful lyrics in a single and sweet repertoire almost entrusted to classical modules, doing without , as had already happened for another record, Like a camel in a gutter (which also contained some lieder), of bass and drums. Now Fleurs and the memory game “ he wrote Nino Marchesano for the Republic. “Sometimes it’s just going back in time that the future becomes clearer,” explained the singer-songwriter. «For me it was important, before facing the commitment of a new album of my own, to regress to the magnificent consolations of these intoxicating musical flowers». A record and a concert that managed to enchant the viewer by inviting him to get rid of the memory of the original versions of the songs, reducing them to an essential melody, to a sweet song to suggest another unprecedented path, where more ethereal and not at all academic dimensions are created.
Also there Ravello Foundation, today, Franco Battiato remembers with gratitude, «Multifaceted artist, cultured and refined man, unrivaled author and researcher».
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