Bruno Sanfilippo | Piano Textures 2

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Piano Textures 2

by Bruno Sanfilippo

Piano Textures 2 is an album for lovers of piano-atmospheres, and people who look for beauty and melody in contemporary music. A collection of tranquil, intimate piano & electronic pads inspiring the canvas of imagination.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Piano Textures2 I
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2. Piano Textures2 II
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3. Piano Textures2 III
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4. Piano Textures2 IV
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5. Piano Textures2 V
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6. Piano Textures2 VI
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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by John Shanahan · Hypnagogue
"To be honest, I cannot recall when I last heard a CD as simply graceful and beautiful as Bruno Sanfilippo’s latest offering, Piano Textures 2.
Slow-handed piano melodies lazily describe themselves over calm, warm synth washes in the six pieces here, each one slowing life down just a bit and trailing color as they go. Relatively common in character, these pieces absolutely melt together, the moment between tracks coming like a reflective pause before you begin to drift away on the next one. This is a superb disc for low-volume looping, ideal for winding down the day, meditating or just deep listening. Nothing jars the flow as Sanfilippo gently pours feeling across his keyboards and guides us along.
A stunning, gorgeous piece of work that’s also a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD."



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Piano Textures 2
STYLE
Delicate piano atmospheres with subtle electronic support. Bruno Sanfilippo presents here a series of very beautiful compositions that feature an 'old lady grand piano' recorded during the night hours. Smooth electronic washes and drones are laid down in gentle layers forming light, hazy expanses within which the master instrument luxuriates. The piano playing is mostly of an understated, unhurried melodic form calling to mind the purity and tranquil grace of Satie, touched with delightful melancholy and haunting airy wistfulness. Spacial structure is masterful, creating an incredibly enchanting ambience, the arrangements seemingly having the meandering freeness of improvised playing whilst at the same time obviously exhibiting the kind of harmony and refinement that comes only from painstaking crafting and control.

ARTWORK
Piano textures comes in a jewel case with three panel folded insert. Imagery focuses on physical textures in harmony with the sonic textures of the disc. The main image is of monochrome leaf fibres, sepia strands running at a slight incline - an image that is repeated behind the CD itself within. Since the case has a clear spine the slim vertical left edge is used to display a piano keyboard running from top to bottom. The back cover takes a faded version of the main image and turns it sideways, here forming a backdrop to a diagram of the inner workings of a grand piano. Track titles discreetly follow the upper contour of the instrument. When the insert is fully extended, one side holds the front cover, a second textural study (this time of fabric fibres) and a section for information: instrumental details, recording facts, website info and a quote from Shakespeare. The second side of the insert is completely given over to a strongly textured landscape photograph - stony hills, flat sky.

OVERALL
Piano Textures 2 comes as follow-up to the wonderful Piano Textures album released back in 2007. In the meantime the albums Ambessence piano & drones with Mathias Grassow and Auralspace were recorded in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Buenos Aires born Sanfilippo has been playing the piano since childhood and his love of the instrument is fully evident in the six powerfully emotive pieces here. The album is once more delivered through the artist's own AD21 Records label. From my perspective this latest collection of music is even more powerful than the previous. Having found a form of expression that clearly released some personal passion, Sanfilippo has refined his technique since the first instalment - more confident, more melodic, more captivating. This is exquisite music - I find it hard to imagine that anything more breathtaking could be coaxed from this instrument. Samples of the music can be found at the website www.bruno-sanfilippo.com.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

El ambiente perfecto para alcanzar la inspiración!. Sublime!.
Piano Textures 2 es la décima publicación del compositor, teclista y pianista bonaerense Bruno Sanfilippo y la continuación de su anterior álbum publicado en 2007, Piano Textures. Frente a su piano Steinway D y con el apoyo de varios sintetizadores, Bruno consigue crear una atmósfera mágica, relajante, donde seis extensas piezas invitan al oyente a viajar por sus sueños más profundos. Mimando cada nota, cada arreglo e invirtiendo toda su experiencia cosechada durante años, Bruno ha dado vida a un hipnótico álbum capaz de calmar y aliviar a los más inquietos corazones.
"Piano Textures2 I" abre el álbum. La base de un synth pad introduce a la entrecortada melodía reproducida por el piano, donde furtivas notas altas y, en ocasiones, delicadas progresiones de acordes sirven como acompañamiento al brillante sonido sintetizado. El suave sonido del sintetizador que fluye en armonía con las delicadas notas del piano, arrancadas con sutil delicadeza, invitan al oyente a evadirse de la realidad y sencillamente, soñar. Bendita serenidad!.
Una misteriosa melodía de sintetizador y un piano que toma protagonismo, más implicado que en el tema anterior, dan vida a "Piano Textures2 II". El sonido desconcertante del synth pad, como si del soplo del viento se tratase, perdura durante toda la pieza, mientras la melodía que dibuja el piano, discontinua, improvisada, posee un carácter triste, melancólico. Una de mis favoritas!.
"Piano Textures2 III" es la banda sonora de un profundo sueño. Delicada, la melodía del sintetizador como voz predominante sigue un ir y venir entre los canales izquierdo y derecho, mientras el tenue piano va soltando notas al aire que encajan a la perfección con el hipnotizador ambiente creado por el synth pad. Cautivadora pieza!. Transporta a un estado de quietud pura!. Me encanta!.
En "Piano Textures2 IV" la unión de la bella melodía que reproduce el synth pad, unida a las acertadas notas altas que en ocasiones, son marcadas con fuerzas, ofrecen una libertad de espíritu sorprendente; dibujando un entorno natural idílico, esta pieza detiene el tiempo para que podamos disfrutar del momento. Bellísima pieza!.
"Piano Textures2 V". Un rápido y breve toque de notas en el piano abren paso a una poderosa melodía de sintetizador que baja su tono y se mantiene inalterable de principio a fin, creando una atmósfera idónea para el descanso. El piano, furtivo, alterna notas altas con notas bajas, como si de un diálogo se tratase. Una apacible pieza, donde el suave synth pad junto al delicado piano, transmiten sensación de paz y tranquilidad al oyente. Cautivadora pieza!.
La pieza más extensa del álbum, poco más de diez minutos, se titula "Piano Textures2 VI". Una nostálgica melodía que nace en la zona alta del piano y que es acompañada por los delicados acordes de la mano izquierda. La ausencia de sintetizador de fondo da una agradable sensación de frescura, acentuando cada nota y acorde que Bruno arranca al piano. Un solo de piano perfecto para culminar este trabajo... Además de ser mi preferida!. Asombroso track!.

Bruno ha conseguido crear la música ambiental perfecta, donde cada pieza puede unirse a la anterior, sin sobresaltos, procurando con celo que ninguna nota o sonido despunte sobre las demás, manteniendo una linealidad perfecta. Un álbum apto para lograr alcanzar la inspiración artística o para, simplemente, realizar tareas en las que se necesite un silencio absoluto y que bien podrían acompañarse con este fascinante trabajo. Piano Textures 2 es un álbum muy recomendado!.
reviewsnewage.com
25/05/10