Franco Battiato (8/10)
Start 20:10 / End 22:05
Singer-songwriter Franco Battiato belongs to the Italian music history and he is now touring Europe. Every music fan should go see this kind of music giants when possible, before they leave us forever, as the sad events of the last days (such as Enzo Jannacci and Franco Califano´s death) have reminded us. Franco Battiato has touched several music styles during his long career, always being a pioneer, from the 70s on, of music research: Experimental, New Wave, Progressive Rock, Ethnic, Pop are nothing new for him. With his latest works he seems to have found his balance with a sort of Intellectual Pop where he also sings in English and Sicilian dialect, language of his homeland. The concert took place in the Philarmonie, resulting in an undisputable acoustic quality. The concert featured songs of his latest album “Apriti Sesamo” during the first 40 min approx. Battiato’s voice keeps his charm along the years, and his lyrics always offer something to learn, being worthy of stong attention. Battiato was supported by a complete band during his performance, with a strings session that made the sound of some songs even more fascinating. There was no lack of old classics, and hits like “Prospettiva Newski”, “La Stagione dell’Amore”, “La Cura” and “E Ti Vengo a Cercare” made the whole audience sing along, even though Battiato played a slightly rearranged version of them. A peak moment was the performance of “Povera Patria”, during which a lot of Italians surely felt touched by the lyrics. After two encores Franco Battiato realized the audience wished for some of the most famous and danceable hits, then invited all the people to stand and clap their hands while loudly singing along. The audience also comprised many Germans, and I am sure they enjoyed the performance and the lovely atmosphere of the show, even if it was hard for them to catch the complete meaning of Battiato’s lyrics.
Venue: Berliner Philharmoniker
Price: from 26,00€ to 54,75€ at Koka36
Setlist: Franco Battiato