Ten years after the live album São João Vivo on the same topic, Gilberto Gil again celebrates June's popular saints festivities on the buoyant Fé na Festa. Such festivities were brought from Portugal and became an important part of Brazilian culture, especially the cult of São João (Saint John) in the northeast region. The music associated with these festivities is typically performed with instruments brought by (or derived from) the Portuguese colons, such as the accordion, violin, triangle, cavaquinho, and sanfona. While Gilberto Gil has an international reputation as a musical revolutionary, thank to his tropicalista origins, he is also a superb classicist, as his many projects in Brazilian folk music can attest.
The cycle of 125 variations that Costanzo Festa composed on the famous melody called La Spagna is conceived on a scale unique during the Renaissance, and may justly be described as a compositional tour-de-force. It has been comparisons to works such as Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. This budget priced reissue, released for the first time in 2003, features a selection of these variations performed by the Huelgas-Ensemble.
Modern scholars began to investigate possible links between polychoral techniques and the practice of spatial positioning of performaers after realizing the extent to which composers in the 1600s were influenced by the architectural spaces they were coposing for, and by the concept of space in terms of an actual physical dimension whose every detail they could explore and relate to.
Festa Mobile were formed by the Boccuzzi brothers, coming from Monopoli. Working for RCA, they had the chance of playing with many important artist of the Italian pop music. Among the various experiences it's worth mentioning the Jacopone musical, with Gianni Morandi and Paola Pitagora, whose "rhythm background" was played by Festa Mobile. RCA also released their only album, "Diario Di Viaggio Della Festa Mobile", a fantasy concept album with large space given to keyboards and vocals a bit too low compared to the musical background. The music is for the most part pretty fast space prog rock, and very Italian sounding in a similar vein as PFM. Their guitarist offers some very tasty Fripp-influenced riffs and he does a good job balancing the quirky piano lines.