Debut full length album from Italian pianist Giulio Fagiolini. Dietro a un Vetro is made up of stunningly up-close and personal piano pieces that direct and affecting. Garnering comparisons to Joe Hisaishi, the composer for Studio Ghibli films, Fagiolini is reinvigorating solo piano pieces with soul. Limited CD on Home Normal.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 22 August 2017
Aaaah, this is nice. Say, “Aaah”, everyone, for Tokyo’s still bijou and perfectly formed, yet incrementally expanding neo-minimalist label Home Normal have given us a new one to swoon over. And it’s a beauty. Gently warm piano, lapping at your ears like a balmy ocean or a panting Collie. The man at the keyboard is Giulio Fagiolini; I don’t know him and apparently, doing a quick scan of the webs, this is his first album. It’s called Dietro A Un Vetro (Behind A Glass).
The music Giulio makes is richly melodic and very affecting. Strange that I’m thinking of Joe Hisaishi’s music in the Studio Ghibli films -- I can picture people being spirited through hand-painted watercolour scenes and following magic castles on wheels.. Still the sounds just keep on tinkling and resonating from an Italian man at an Italian piano in an Italian studio. Which just goes to show you never can tell. Anyhow, it’s all very pretty -- almost ridiculously so -- and heart-wrenchingly bittersweet. Va bene!
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