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Winter is an original and evocative a cappella track by Fabio Alessi and Barbara Aramini of Mezzo Sotto.
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For several years after 1995, the year of the success of Neri per Caso at the Sanremo Festival, Italian a cappella music lived on the foreign reflex of groups such as Take6, Swingle Singers, King Singers, Rockapella and The Real Group. In recent years, a number of Italian vocal groups, partly out of maturity, partly by choice, have realised the importance of breaking away from the professionals from beyond the Alps, offering their own elaborations or original songs. One of these is the vocal quintet 'Mezzo Sotto' from Celle Ligure, who proposed two original songs on their first album 'Half Below': 'Anti lullaby' and 'Winter'. The approval of the public, always willing to listen to novelties, induced Fabio Alessi to write and record, in the album "Incanto", the song "Mezzo Blues" and to propose, as an elaborator, a really valuable harmonisation of "Crystal Spring", a popular song of Anglo-Saxon origin. The song published here, Winter, with lyrics in English by Barbara Aramini, is particularly evocative and requires a very amalgamated sound. In the accompaniment lines, the consonant "t" corresponds to an intermediate sound between "d" and "t", and must be slightly marked. In the bass line, the consonant pair "tm" should be pronounced "tum", with a very short "u". In "crescendos" (at the performers' discretion), the melodic line must always remain in the right relief.
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Barbara Aramini, Fabio Alessi