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MATER - Out NOW

It is a musical investigation and denunciation on environmental issues
Composed, recorded and mastered by Olivia and Enrico Belli in their studio in Le Marche (Italy) between June and November 2019.
Based on themes taken from the Stabat Mater of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who was native to their same region. 
Released for the Memory Recordings Label as a tribute to the 50° Anniversary of the "Earth Day".

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NEW ALBUM

MATER

a musical investigation and denunciation on environmental issues.

MATER is a tribute to the 50° Anniversary of the Earth Day.

It was composed together with my husband last year and it deals with a topic that has always been very close to me: nature. My works are largely inspired by the nature around me– my land, my surroundings-  that turns into a symbol of something else. Up to now, I have dealt with this topic in intimate, personal terms.    

MATER, on the other hand, speaks of nature in a global sense, nature that involves all humanity, nature that is facing huge problems of various kinds that touch the life of each human being." (OB)   

 

It is a natural occurrence once people get older for their thoughts to expand and take on more of a considered interest in what could be classified as "The Big Questions". The reflection of where they have come from, where they are going and the various environments around them, all come into play. It makes sense that these sort of concerns become a central focus of a person's thoughts as they take upon information and combine it with their own concerns, feelings and experiences and these combinations are those which inform and guide a person through the next stage of their lives. The major environmental concern that the world faces is one of a bigger picture. Once people have children they become acutely aware of just what their impact is on their environment and what sort of a world that they will be leaving for their children and other generations to follow.   

These are the sorts of concepts that have been inspiring Italian pianist Olivia Belli and her husband Enrico. After experiences living in Metropolitan areas the couple made the move to the Marche countryside where they can better care for their environment and experience a more present and less invasive form of living.  Belli's "Mater" follows on from her album "River Path" which was influenced the river than runs along the valley close to her home and shows that the natural environment is one which inspires Belli immensely. The Mater connection and the area where Belli lives are intertwined. Other than the environment, the album is influenced by the composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, a composer from the same region and his work "Stabat Mater" (1736). The piece, which composed just prior to his death of Tuberculosis and 26 years of age, is one which is defined as a sacred work which evokes the suffering of Mary at Jesus' crucifixion and indeed has a rough translation of "Beautiful Mother". With Belli's environmental inspiration, you could easily draw the comparison from Mary to Mother Earth and the suffering being all the turmoil, pollution, fires, climate change that exists now. The music of Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" is largely based on strings and solo voices while Belli takes this influence and channels it through her piano playing.    

The eight pieces on the album are as follows:    

1st part                                                                       

1 ADITUS                                                                 

2 MATER LACRIMANS                                         

3 FUMES                                                           

                                                                

4 EX VOTO     

 

2nd part      

5 MATER DOLENS  

6 COUNTDOWN    

7 EXITIO    

                                

8 DE ANIMA  

  

What Belli is able to create on the album is some of her finest work. There is a sense in the pieces that a lot of deep thought and consideration has been engaged in so as the music fits in with its themes with the most impact that it can. Belli is not just a pianist as evidenced by her lunar inspired album "Four Moons" (2019) which showed her talents as a composer of soundscapes as well as piano. This is evident by the strings and ambience that open the first two pieces before Belli's piano announces itself on "Fumes" with a plaintive feel that shows a tenderness, a concern and a hint of hope, like it is not too late for change to occur. With "Ex Voto" the mix of piano and strings represent different feelings. The piano evokes a melancholic feeling which is juxtaposed with the inspiring and soaring strings which take flight in the second half of the piece. This particular track becomes a turning point in both the mood and feeling of the album which is evident on such pieces as the operatic grandeur of  "Countdown" (the profits from this track will be fully directed to Global Wildlife Conservation whose mission is to conserve the diversity of life on Earth working in partnership with many global organizations as IUCN, Earth Alliance, KBA etc), the contemplative soundscape of "Exitio" (which evokes her "Four Moons" release) and the flat out exultant "De Anima" which shows Belli in full magnificent flight. "De Anima" is worth the price of admission alone and nicely brings the collection to a close with its joy, positivity, and expression of passion.   

Released by Fabrizio Paterlini's Memory Recordings label, "Mater" is a landmark release in Olivia Bell's career and destined to be on many best-of lists at the end of the year. In essence, it's a personal tribute to the world that we live in, but it also acts as a way of inspiring people to be good to one another and think about what exists within and around them.   

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