Work for a piano trio for the first time from Barcelona-based classical and electronic composer and musician Bruno Sanfilippo. Working with Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, this haunting selection of nine tracks is beautifully stirring, evocative and cinematic in its scope. ClarOscuro is on CD from ad21.
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- ClarOscuro by Bruno Sanfilippo
9/10 Brian Staff review, 27 February 2015
Goodness me. I should have put this on last night, It's utterly gorgeous. I'll be straight with you and admit I know relatively little about classical music other than enjoying many of the obvious contemporary composers. I love the more sombre stuff be it the older boys such as Gorecki and Arvo Pärt or the gradually-getting-more-legendary Max Richter and the beautiful strains of my favourite Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.
Barcelona's Bruno Sanfilippo also has that rare gift for composing hugely emotive and highly personal music from tender, melancholic peals of piano, both ponderous and also joyous plus a highly acute awareness of the power of acoustic resonance. His playing has a grace, purity and tenderness I've not heard in some time. Neither chocolate box whimsical nor overwrought, there is a sincere and powerfully talented master at work here. Obviously it's the tracks burnished with cello and violin that strike most strongly. This truly is profoundly mesmerising and powerfully understated music, supremely high in stately prowess and quality as regards this timeless genre.
Sad music to induce damp eyes and help mend dried-out hearts, I'm grateful to our Clinton for saving this beauty for me. No more words. Let 'ClarOscuro' work its magic on you. Comes with lovely postcard, can't see these around for too long once word gets around. No more words needed other than nine spacious tracks that can only be described as "achingly beautiful"
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