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Tribute To Beethoven: Drum In The Symphony No. 9
Azzura Music Srl
Notes: Vol. 45, No. 1 - February, 2007)
This CD, titled Tribute to Beethoven
but subtitled “Drum In the Symphony
no. 9,” is a full recording of
Beethoven’s “Symphony No 9” with
added drumset throughout. Except
for an almost eight-minute drumset
solo inserted between two major sections
toward the end of the fourth
movement, this symphony is performed
true to tradition by the Slovak
Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Italian drummer Massimo Aiello
has been presenting performances
of the symphony with added
drumset since 1987. Aiello’s
drumset playing is clean and solid
and he clearly makes a major effort
to tie in stylistically with
Beethoven. But as well as the
drumset part is executed, adding it
to the traditional performance of
Beethoven’s Ninth is like adding
chocolate sauce to filet mignon
Aiello's note: I'm totally agree with the Professor!....).
The drumset performance uses a
great deal of cymbal work throughout sometimes as an
support the line and sometimes to
provide additional color and fills.
The tones of the toms and bass
drum are rich and warm. The added
solo in the fourth movement includes
interesting material and creative
sounds. There is definitely
some very nice drumming here.
Classical Music Percussionist.
Emeritus of Music The University of
Tennessee - U.S.A., active member
and reviewer for musical literature and music for Percussive Notes-official
magazine of the PAS-Percussive Arts Society of which also Co-publisher and
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