Felona E Sorona is an album by the Italian progressive rock band Le Orme. It was released in 1973. Named one of the “finest examples of Italian progressive rock”, it is a concept album pivoting on the story of two planets which revolve one around the other, without ever coming in contact. While Felona is shiny and flourishing, Sorona is dark and home to plagues and catastrophes: however, in the second part of the suite, the fate of the two planets is inverted.
Robert Taylor: This excellent recording is largely considered to be Le Orme’s magnum opus. The trio, comprised of Aldo Tagliapietra (vocals, bass, guitar), Toni Pagliuca (organ/Mellotron, piano), and Michi Dei Rossi (drums), produced some of the best Italian progressive rock ever recorded. Influenced by Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Genesis, the band forged their own unique blend of sophisticated symphonic prog rock. Tagliapietra’s vocals give the music an ethereal quality, and he actually sounds quite a bit like Sting (or the other way around). Their high level of musicianship is evident on “Sospesi Nell ‘Incredibile,” but the focus is more on mood, song structure, and texture. The original recording contains Italian lyrics, while Van Der Graaf Generator vocalist Peter Hammill penned English lyrics for a subsequent release. Stick with the Italian version for the full effect of this prog rock classic.
Progarchive: Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
Felona E Sorona Tracklist
- Sospesi Nell’Incredibile (8:43)
- Felona (1:58)
- La Solitudine Di Chi Protegge Il Mondo (1:57)
- L’Equilbrio (3:47)
- Sorona (2:28)
- Attesa Inerte (3:25)
- Ritratto Di Un Mattino (3:29)
- All’infuori Del Tempo (4:08)
- Ritorno Al Nulla (3:34)
Aldo Tagliapietra / vocals, bass, guitar
Toni Pagliuca / keyboards
Michi Dei Rossi / drums