For their fourth and last studio effort, Hotel Brun,
Sauro Musi has replaced Roberto Magni on
the guitarist's position
The initial five tracks, which display a sense
of romanticism more intense and direct than
on their previous recordings, are conceptually
linked under the concept 'Canzoni Crepuscolari':
an appropiate title, since the sense of emotion
displayed in these tracks feels actually
The most notable compositional ideas are
condensed in tracks 1 and 3.
The first two tracks bear a similar structure,
which is based on a tota lrespect for the
main motif and regard any other musical idea
as a gently harmonized ornament within a
Tracks 3 and 4 are the most complex in this
'Canzoni Crepuscolari' series: 'Comprate le Stelle'
includes a soft yet effective jazzy vibe in its
rhythm section, as well as subtly intrincate
melodic shifts, while 'Ombra nella Nebbia'
portrays a pleasant eerie ambience right
from the lead violin intro.
Track 5 is a beautiful ballad, not too long,
but powerful enough musically to motivate
emotion in the listener's heart: its magic
comes from its jazzy vibe.
Next, we find the namesake suite: a
well-arranged series of well-written
distinct songs, which keep the flame of
evocative romanticism that the first five songs
had effectively lighted on.
After this one, the tender ballad in waltz tempo
entitled 'Risvegli' serves as a beautiful closing
(for both the album and Sithonia's musical history):
the violin solo - played by a guest - really makes
the song's finale soar into the mysterious side
of the human heart.
Immediately after the album was released Sithonia
disbanded as silently as they entered the prog world.
But even through these hard circumstances they managed
to put up a very good last show with ''Hotel Brun'' being a
fine work of light Italian Symphonic Rock,
respecting all of the fundamentals of the style.
released May 17, 1998
drums & percussion
electric & acoustic guitar
synthesizers, organ Hammond, solist vocals, voice