Il Paladino (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso)

The contemporaneity of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso

The band celebrates fifty years of history with the new concept album “Orlando: the forms of love”

Three years after the previous “ Transiberiana ”, the first unreleased work after twenty-five years from “Il 13” in 1994, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso celebrates its history in music with a new concept album. The project, entitled ” Orlando: the forms of love ” and released for the Inside Out Music / Sony Music Group label, sees the historic band celebrate their career by ideally rewinding 50 years of music to get to the contemporary with a story that, projecting Ludovico Ariosto’s great poem “Orlando furioso” to the present, he tells of our times.

Fifty years of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso

Born in the Castelli Romani at the end of the sixties and founded by the brothers Vittorio and Gianni Nocenzi, the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso officially kicked off its musical adventure with a first disc capable of outlining the characteristic style of the band right from the start and enhancing the roots and souls of its members. The album, baptized with the same name of the group, but commonly known as the ” Salvadanaio ” for its highly original cover, and still today acclaimed as one of the  greatest masterpieces of Italian progressive , immediately revealed itself as a milestone and a symbolic work of the genre thanks to the originality and talent of the musicians.

Fifty years after the release of the first album, strong in combining ideas taken from classical and jazz as well as vigor from rock, the band honors its history with a new album inspired by “Orlando furioso”. “Let slow the reins of your hippogriff, or Astolfo / And unleash your flight where the work of man is most ferocious”, in fact recited the first lines of “In volo”, the song that opened that first work of the Banco del Mutuo Relief. From there was born many years ago in the son of Vittorio Nocenzi, Michelangelo, the very idea of ​​celebrating the band by taking up Ariosto’s poem.

“In 2013 my son Michelangelo arrives and says to me and Francesco Di Giacomo: ‘Soon it will be the fiftieth anniversary of your first album: 1972 – 2022’. And given the quote contained in the first lines of ‘In volo’ he suggested: ‘Why don’t you celebrate the album by writing a new concept album dedicated to’ Orlando furioso ‘, it’s a beautiful story’ “, Vittorio Nocenzi told Rockol a about the genesis of “Orlando: the forms of love”.

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