The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (album di Rick Wakeman del 1975)


Strutturato sul genere “a tema”, spiega il suo racconto nell’eloquente titolo di ispirazione “arturiana”. Il brano apripista Arthur narra l’estrazione della spada dalla roccia. Lady of the lake e Guinevere tracciano un profilo su due donne fondamentali della storia, Viviana e Ginevra, con raffinatezza. Sir Lancelot and the black knight è un’iniezione di energia sul duello tra cavalieri. Merlin the magician scava sul mistero dell’ affascinante personaggio del mago Merlino, con un tocco di sana ironia. Sir Galahad scatena la magniloquenza venata di misticismo. Chiude The last battle, che conserva i toni del precedente brano e insinua il dubbio sulla dipartita di Re Artù e del suo approdo sull’ isola di Avalon.

Affascinante opera del membro storico degli Yes, che stimola il suo vivido trasporto per le tastiere con entrate di dolcezza al piano ben coinvolto con il lirismo del disco, per non tacere della sfarzosa orchestra arrangiata da Will Malone e diretta da David Measham, il quale coordina anche il coro The English Chamber Choir. Punti di forza imprescindibili per la resa epica del racconto musicato di Wakeman.

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