Bruno Sanfilippo + Mathias Grassow "CROMO [Piano & Drones]" CD
Argentinian ambient/modern classical composer Bruno Sanfilippo (based in Barcelona) has teamed up with German drone master Mathias Grassow for their already second collaboration entitled "CROMO [Piano & Drones]". I really respect both these artists and I am always pleased by collaborations like this, they can be only fruitful and "CROMO" is no exception. So what they are bringing to the table?
As usual for Mathias, he is coming with his typical and trademarking subtle walls of drones, smoothly and gracefully floating on the background while Bruno is adding some fragile and intimate piano sounds to the front. This blend works together more than efficiently, it's very compact, personal and relaxing. It's evident in the first of six untitled pieces, with Bruno's absolutely beautiful piano melodies, while Mathias is backing up with distant and continuous drones. What a journey! The next composition brings both artists on the same level, drones are more monumental and expansive and piano is less transparent, very enjoyable too. In the next composition Bruno adds more gradual tension and movement in his piano, certainly one of the best pieces on the album. Also the next composition is quite dramatic and monumentally drifting with more leveled parts of both musicians. Finger mastery of Bruno again steps into the fore on the next one, this is probably the most emotional composition on "CROMO" and another highlight with skillfully balanced piano and drones. The closing, over 19 minutes long, piece is comprised of slowly evolving passages and immense sonic walls with deeply immersed piano. Very dark, but absolutely beautiful travel.
"CROMO", with delicately crafted acoustics and electronics, is another highly recommended work of both these masters!!!
Richard Gürtler (Feb 12, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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