Bruno Sanfilippo "Piano Textures 4" CD
Fourth chapter of magnificently embracing "Piano Textures", recorded during spring 2016, was released at the beginning of December 2016 on Bruno Sanfilippo's ad21 label. Graced by sublime images by Slovenian fine art photographer Anja Matko with additional design by Bruno's wife Ximena Contreras, "Piano Textures 4" comes in a really gracious 4-panel digipak and the album consists of nine "Piano Textures 4" parts. As usual for the latest releases by this piano virtuoso, born in Argentina and residing in Barcelona, the mastering credit goes to Ian Hawgood. And before I forget, for all vinyl connoisseurs, a special 180 grams transparent edition limited to 500 copies is in the works, it should be out around the end of June, so stay tuned!
Part "I" unfolds with sparse piano patterns, yet stunningly expressive and carefully juxtaposed by utterly enveloping glimpses of silence as well as by intangibly reverberating forlorn spirals. Texturally minimal, but strikingly poignant! Evocative piano lyricism of part "II" is bridged with mesmerizingly circling traceries and elusively squeaking fragments. Section "III" immediately attracts the listener's ears with delightfully introspective elegance, gracefully nuanced, hauntingly serene and intensely scenic with meticulously hidden tensions. What a beauty, Bruno Sanfilippo is serving here a genuine aural nectar!!! "Piano Textures 4 IV", with 7 minutes the longest composition on album, is announced by slightly cacophonous ear-tickling subtleties, then slender piano narrations steal the lead, while constantly permeated by glimmering stillness and guarded by lonesomely tenuous sirens and resonating creaks. Part "V" dusts off with placid scanty notes long forgotten intimate memories. The next composition, part "VI" follows the path of deliberately nostalgic tranquility, but soon metamorphoses into entirely enveloping cinematic scenario, driven by virtuosically lyrical euphoria and stirring buoyancy. Bruno Sanfilippo exquisitely exhibits in this spectacle the whole gamut of emotions. A true magnum opus, bravissimo, Maestro!!! "Piano Textures 4 VII" reveals eloquent vistas, where cascading dramatic crescendos persistently commingle with weepingly evanescing quietudes. The next section "VIII" wonderfully merges poetically heartwarming and engrossingly gleaming passages with triumphantly culminating magnitudes and sorrowful panoptic blankets riding atop. Rather shorter, but tremendously powerful masterpiece!!! The closing "Piano Textures 4 IX" embodies intriguing hissy curtains and monochromatic impalpable sheets, hanging above balmily immersing piano evocativeness, which guides the album into enthrallingly enwrapping calmness.
Since I was already honored to write a brief introductory to "Piano Textures 4", I will simply repeat my feelings from the end of October 2016, when firstly exploring this 42-plus minutes long, lyrically fabulous palette by Bruno Sanfilippo. The newest installment of timelessly acclaimed picturesque storytelling, "Piano Textures 4", invites the listener into magnificently intense piano minimalism, perpetually magnified by emotive hallmarks of its sole protagonist. No matter if subduedly saturating, lachrymosely intimate, mercurially piquant or transiently still, it's always up to each devoted journeyer to create auxiliary composition titling and mirror it with poignantly evocative sonic sculptures, meticulously carved by one of the most gifted composers within modern classical ambience nowadays. What was once considered as an almost evanescing desire has continually evolved during the last decade into a truly miraculous artistic transition. No wonder ingenious lyricism fully blossoms on "Piano Textures 4", it's the place where Bruno Sanfilippo is living his dream!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 30, 2016 and Apr 30, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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