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Ideas
Bookshelf
on the contrary, was in its
infancy, thus some frequencies
and harmonics in the mix were
lost and the sound was a bit
weak. Yet I remembered brilliant
and full-bodied sounds from
the original analog recordings,
so I asked for the analog tape
to be sent to me and, armed
with the patience of a monk, I
mixed each track as faithfully
to the original as possible,
keeping the same frequencies
and sound, and respecting the
original artistic choices as well:
the entrance of instruments
and the order of most of the
tracks. In some, however, I have
reordered the instruments and
modified the arrangement.
But I only used the existing
elements. I also remixed three
of the tracks,
Crêuza de mä
,
Â
duménega
, and
Sinàn Capudàn
Pascià
, to give them a more
modern sensibility. Lastly, I
remembered that there was a
different version of the song
Jamin-a
, and I added that to the
final mix too. So we have both
songs on the remix.
What did this record mean to the
music world when it came out?
The album was way ahead
of its time; we recorded it in
‘83 and released it in 1984.
Peter Gabriel’s Real World
label wasn’t founded until
five years later, in 1989. Italy
was very cutting edge in the
70s, with groups like Nuova
Compagnia di Canto Popolare,
Canzoniere del Lazio, Area,
Napoli Centrale, and artists
like Pino Daniele. It was really
because of the Italian record
industry’s shortsightedness
that Italy failed to take the
lead in world music.
When we came out with
Crêuza de mä
in 1984, the
album was isolated in a
world where Glam Rock was
triumphing – Duran Duran,
Spandau Ballet – and it took
a while for it to be noticed.
But once it did, the record
has never been forgotten. It
has been honored with every
possible award from music
critics. To date it has been
considered one of the best
100 albums of all time in the
history of Italian music. I
think it is ranked number 4.
At the end of the 80s David
Byrne, along with other
American artists, was
interviewed by
Rolling Stone
and he was asked to name
the 10 most important world
albums of that decade, and
he mentioned
Crêuza de mä
among them.
What has it been like to work on
Crêuza de mä again after all these
years?
Doing the remake was quite
engaging: listening to the songs
one by one, finding hidden
musical phrases among the
scraps of paper and notes to self
leftover from so long ago. It has
been a strange journey back in
time…Crêuza de mä is maybe
the most important thing I
have done in my career. But I
am naturally inclined to look
forward, to the future. The most
exciting step for me is the one
I am about to take.
●●
Mauro Pagani
is a musician, a composer,
a violinist and one of the founding members
of the progressive rock band Premiata
Forneria Marconi in the 1970s. A leading
voice in the Italian music panorama, he has
directed the Festival of Sanremo in 2013
and 2014. He has won numerous prizes for
his movie soundtracks and is also a fiction
writer, currently working on his second
novel.
Tiziana Rinaldi Castro
lives in Brooklyn.
She is a novelist, poet, and editorialist from
Italy. She teaches Ancient Greek Literature
at Montclair State University.
The albumwasway aheadof its time.
Italywas very cutting edge in the
1970s. It was really because of our record
industry’s shortsightedness that Italy failed
to take the lead inworldmusic.
Recorded in1984byFabrizioDe
AndréandMauroPagani,
Crêuzade
wasreceivedtepidlybyarecord
industryconvincedthatnobodywould
understandsongs inGenoesedialect.
ButDeAndréandPagani’streatment
ofethnicsoundsandlinguistic
experimentationmade​
Crêuzademä
a
hit.Criticsvoted itBestItalianAlbumof
the80s,andDavidByrnesingled itout
asoneofthetenmost importantalbums
ofthedecade.Itwasranked4thplace
in
RollingStone
’s100mostbeautiful
Italianrecordsever.
Now30yearsafter itsdebut,SonyMusic
hasreleasedMauroPagani’scompletely
remixedversion.Thespecialedition
includestwoCDsanda200-page
illustratedbookletsponsoredbythe
FabrizioDeAndréOnlusFoundation
andeditedbySandroVeronesiwith
contributionsfromMauroPagani,
RenzoPiano,PaoloFresu,Giovanni
SoldiniandAntonioMarras,aswell
asbeautifulphotographsandcopies
ofFabrizioDeAndré’sworking
manuscripts.
FabrizioDeAndrè(1940-1999)
Listen to
Crêuzademä
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