L’Orso bruno (album di Antonello Venditti del 1973)

Dopo il promettente debutto in coppia con Francesco De Gregori del 1972, disco in questione THEORIUS CAMPUS, Antonello Venditti lancia la propria carriera solista con l’album L’ORSO BRUNO, col senno di poi uno dei suoi capolavori.

Tutto ha inizio con E li ponti so’ soli, il racconto di una barbona e della sua amara esistenza che Antonello intona in dialetto capitolino. L’eccelsa L’uomo di pane è una canzone che, grazie al trasporto interpretativo di Venditti, diviene un toccante affresco di impegno sociale arricchito dal basso di Ares Tavolazzi, le chitarre acustica e elettrica di Gigi Rizzi e la batteria di Ellade Bandini. L’entrata nella fabbrica, già dal titolo, si presenta impegnata mentre la composizione musicale vede Antonello affiancato da De Gregori. L’eccellente pop sinfonico mette in luce Lontana è Milano. L’orso bruno è un gioiello ambientalista in cui ad impreziosire l’enorme arrangiamento di Vince Tempera accorrono una chitarra che accarezza e una batteria che poco prima dei 3′ introduce la seconda parte del brano con uno stacco poderoso. Il mare di jan vanta un telaio strumentale sfarzoso fino alla parte centrale quando evolve in cupo e finanche tenebroso. Ecco quindi Dove, un brano sulla ricerca di sé stessi, degli affetti, di un rifugio dall’incertezza quotidiana, con lo struggente pianoforte suo compagno di viaggio. Chiude Sottopassaggio, con Tempera in evidenza al piano e gli squarci di Ricci alla chitarra elettrica: il bellissimo testo racconta di un uomo affetto da cecità a cui Venditti o qualcun altro descrive la bellezza della sua città in un “vorrei ma non posso” toccante.

Un album che tiene insieme cultura, impegno, letteratura ed un impianto strumentale fatto di pochi mezzi ma da musicisti di talento e prodotto dal suo interprete ventiquattrenne.

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