Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures (AD21 Music)

The sequentially titled pieces in Piano Textures, by the Spanish contemporary composer, Bruno Sanfilippo, are nothing short of a gorgeous composition. Period. Simple and elegant, mesmerizing and haunting, the multi-velocity sampled 1923 Steinway shines as the most versatile instrument in the ensemble. And it shines in the hands of Sanfilippo, who received a degree as a Music Superior Professor in the Galvani Conservatory in Buenos Aires. In his evenly paced recording, Sanfilippo gently strokes the hammered strings with a touch of reverse reverb, Armenian duduk and a pinch of synthesized sound. Releasing on his own label, AD21 Music, which Sanfilippo runs with fellow composer, Max Corbacho, the sessions recoded during the nights of March '07, fall somewhere between ambient, modern classical, and pure meditation music. This is not your background music. I absolutely love turning up the volume, and letting every hypnotic and melancholic note weep gently through the night. For the lovers of Max Richter, Eluvium, Rafael Anton Irisarri, and Zbigniew Preisner, I highly recommended this gem! Favorite textures : III, VI and VII.

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