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A HISTÓRIA PARTE 1

Sagrado Coração da Terra

 

Symphonic Prog

4.44 | 7 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
5 stars

This is the most legendary Brazilian progrock formation, founded in 1979. Between 1983 and 2003 Sagrado released six studio albums and two compilations (one with vocals and one instrumental). In 2009 the band celebrated their 30th anniversary, this culminated in their first DVD entitled Una Historia Parte 1. After a long period of silence in 2013 Sagrado returned to live performances with a remarkable band, in fact a fusion between the old and the new Sagrado and the Transfônica Orkestra. Marcus presented us a repertoire including gems of the band´s earlier works and new songs. All worked up with the same textures that have always featured the progressive, ethnic and symphonic Sagrado. The Sagrado comeback also featured the magic presence of vocalist Sérgio Pererêd, finally an old Marcus Viana dream came true!

The DVD contains two concerts (each with an additional interview, you can choose between Portuguese and English), a docu about Sagrado in all those years, photos, a gallery, a bonus track and a discography.

The first concert (around one hour) is from 1989, recorded in Belo Horizonte, the video quality has been upgraded pretty well. The atmosphere is close to euphoric, we can enjoy seas of blue light and all members are in the spotlight. Sagrado (including founding member and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Viana) their sound is wonderful, very melodic and harmonic 24-carat symphonic rock with obvious classical undertones. The musicians are very crafty and they also look very happy on stage.

The first track Abertura De Ícaro is an excellent start: a sumptuous climate with lush keyboards. Then the song Asas delivers passionate vocals and moving guitar runs. In the second part Marcus Viana showcases his excellent violin play. His instrument dominates the rest of the concert in the other seven tracks: a spectacular solo after a church organ sound in Cosmos x Caos, beautiful interplay with his brother Andersen (on flute) in O Futuro da Terra (also featuring Hackett-like guitar with volume pedal), an extensive solo in the vein of jazzrock virtuoso JL Ponty in Sagrado (including a sensational bass solo) and a tight rhythm with strong interplay between violin and electric guitar in Farol Da Liberdade. The second concert was recorded during the annual Rio Art Rock festival in 1996, the video quality is no more than acceptable but the musical value is very interesting. Especially during the first composition entitled Gypsy Rhapsody, I am delighted about this great tribute to the Balkan folk music (I love the passionate gipsy violins). The highlight is an awesome duet between Marcus his swirling violin and the acoustic guitar player, goose bumps!

So after 30 years the many fans of Sagrado can enjoy two live registrations and a lot of bonus on this DVD. What a classy band and how beautiful and exciting is their performance, in my opinion this is a Latin-American progrock document, a masterpiece! Unfortunately until now no Historia Parte 2 ?

TenYearsAfter | 5/5 |

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