Band Website: www.zuffantiprojects.com
Label: AMS/VM2000 label
Label Website: www.btf.it
Release Date: 2009
Those of you familiar with the work of Fabio Zuffanti will know he is the bass player with Finisterre and works on a myriad of musical side projects, one of which goes by the name of Hostsonaten and including this release they’ve amassed five studio recordings. Autumn Symphony is the third season covered, the previous two being Winterthrough 92008) and Springsong (2002). Once again Zuffanti is at the forefront composing and arranging. The full list of participating musicians looks like this: Fabio Zuffanti ( bass, bass pedals, guitars, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Minimoog), Federico Foglia (drums), Pietro Martinelli (double bass), Carlo Barreca (stick), Giacomo Villa (cello), Osvaldo Loi (viola, violin), Marco Moro (flute, piccolo), Andrea Benassi (oboe), Michele Bernabei (trumpet), Edmondo Romano (saxophone, bagpipe), Robbo Vigo (grand piano, Koto), Matteo Nahum (classical & lead electric guitar), Simona Angioloni (vocals).
There are nine tracks on Autumn Symphony, many of which are strung together, most of which are instrumental. This is music that has its roots in the classic Italian symphonic progressive rock genre. It is richly orchestrated with many layers of instrumentation and melody all vying for attention and yet it never drifts from the core musical themes. Does it convey a sense of Fall or Autumn? Perhaps, there is a certain melancholy flavour that runs through many of the musical compositions and certainly certain instruments or the style in which they’re played projects a kind of ‘approaching end’ like Winter is just around the corner. None of these pieces is overly long, four of the nine are just over five-minutes and the others are either three or four, but the fact that they’re stitched together conveys a more symphonic pallet. Expect to hear some soothing flute, ringing acoustic guitars, mournful Mellotrons, spiced up with some stinging electric guitar, saxophone or trumpet. The compositional style provides huge swells of music, anthemic even, contrasted against more somber soft and delicate interludes; never aggressive the music instead projects a feeling of power.
Fans of Zuffanti’s previous work, either with Finisterre or Hostsonaten will be all over this release. And I would hope that it attracts many new followers especially those who follow the classic Italian symphonic style. Autumn Symphony is a beautiful work and deserving of attention. Highly recommended!