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Inside Life

by Bruno Sanfilippo

"Immerses the listener into magnificently expressive modern classical realms. Piano & electronics · B.S. Cello by Julián Kancepolski Voice in track 3 by Mariel Aguilar Track 3 is a tribute to Camille Saint-Saëns Voice in track 7 · B.S.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sudden Quietness
6:26 $0.99
2. Freezing Point
5:07 $0.99
3. Camille
5:39 $0.99
4. A Door Opens Forever
6:54 $0.99
5. The Place Where Dying Crows
6:21 $0.99
6. Tea Leaves At the Bottom of a Cup
7:04 $0.99
7. Inside Life
7:27 album only
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"Inside Life" immerses the listener into magnificently expressive modern classical realms, tranquilly minimal, yet exquisitely nuanced, abundantly poignant and delicately filigree, where stirringly pensive sadness is masterfully counterpointed with hauntingly embracing stillness, while intensely evocative ambient subtleties are deliberately permeated by yearning haze. A truly fabulous bravura performance by Bruno Sanfilippo and his guests! by Richard Gürtler - ad21

"Like Bruno Sanfilippo's work in general, Inside Life straddles multiple genres. With minimalist piano playing the nucleus, the album's seven settings are heavily informed by his classical training, but they also evidence a deep connection to electro-acoustic, electronica, and ambient genres. At no time do they appear separately, however; instead, Sanfilippo deftly fuses them in such a way that elements of each are omnipresent within a given production and a delicate balance emerges between them"Textura.org

"His classically trained skills have been evolved and refined over an impressive 20 year career, collaborating with a host of well known musical names and being the driving creative force behind a number of feature film soundtracks. Although ‘Inside Life’ is in many way a contemporary classical piece, there is such a rich tapestry of techniques and influences woven into the album that it manages to transcend simple instrumentation and become a work of true aural majesty" Anthem Review

"Not wept in a while? Then try this LP by Argentinian neo-classical composer Bruno Sanfilippo. The second track here ‘Freezing Point’ could melt men with steel hearts. A piano flutters in and out of the mix as if being caught on a breeze, the cello is used in a sparing but devastating fashion, appearing in the mix at just the right moments to add colour to the proceedings. It’s a short tranquil piece of escapist neo-classical and it’s gorgeous. Mastered by Home Normal head Ian Hawgood, the album contains seven pieces of varying themes within the framework of minimalist neo-classical composition.
Generally more abstract than the beautiful ‘Freezing Point’, ‘A Door Opens Forever’ is full of reverbed, slightly discordant piano, cashback comes when the cello enters the fray, it’s not that involved and never over- plays so when it’s around you enjoy every moment. A fine album of contemporary composition sitting somewhere between the Home Normal world of drifting sound art and sweet sounding composers like Max Richter and Yann Tiersen" Norman Records

"Inside Life by Bruno Sanfilippo combines neoclassical patterns with minimalism and ambient tones. It is quiet and yet very expressive music, as a cautious assembly of intense and subtle feelings, of light and dark, of abundance and scarcity, in which the listener is taken to strange, abstract and hallucinatory surroundings. Lovers of contemporary classical music should definitely give this album a chance" Peek-A-Boo Magazine

"Even after twenty years, Bruno Sanfilippo‘s sound continues to develop. In last year’s review of ClarOscuro, we noted that we liked the artist’s new direction: subtler electronics and supporting strings. The piano remains the central instrument, but a light dusting of sugar is better than a drenching of glaze" A Closer Listen

"Bruno Sanfilippo delivers his latest album of deliriously, delicate piano and string music. All of the tracks here masterfully balance an exquisite classical grace with a strikingly contemporary aesthetic. Subtle electronics, understated drones and static textures underpin many of the tracks; the remote operatic tones of Mariel Aguilar haunt the air on Camille (which sleeve notes explain to be a tribute to Camille Saint-Saëns) and Bruno's own voice is discretely woven into the fabric of the concluding title track. Bruno's piano work is astounding in its artful restraint and poignant delivery as he unfolds some of the most elegantly wistful and subtle melodies you're ever likely to hear" Morpheus Music

"This is a seamless album, with no distinct line between acoustic and organic. It is just a singular, incredible whole, flawlessly balanced and soul-piercingly beautiful. Listen with the lights down low and let it just wash over you. Magnificent" Hypnagogue reviews

"...unlavoro completo, capace di produrre sonorità dense, musica cheancora riesce a stupire e ammaliare usando quella dose necessaria disilenzio e magia elettro-acustica abbinata alle voci commoventi delpianoforte e di un violoncello" Rockerilla #415

"Quello creato da Bruno Sanfilippo è un mondo sonoro perennemente alla ricerca di minuti interstizi, che siano quelli tra le note del suo pianoforte oppure quelli di un’ispirazione ancora una volta caratterizzata da un’idea di sospensione brulicante vita ed emozione" Music Won't Save You

"Inside Life, a mesmerizing sonic ambience affiliated with neo-classical music, demanding close, focussed and in-depth listening" SonicImmersion

"Cuore, semplicità e diretta emotività, intelligenti soluzioni per quello che può considerarsi il suo miglior lavoro nella modern classical anche in rapporto all'universo di quello che è stato prodotto dal filone in questi ultimi anni" Percorsi Musicali

"Who said the art of making an album was dead? ‘Inside Life’ is a great record, and (oh, happy day!) one of those that gets better and better as it goes along. It's a mind blowingly beautiful record" Incendiary Magazine

"Inside Life is cerebral and exquisite, yet unflinching in its examination of an unquiet mind, an album that will alternately challenge and delight the thoughtful listener" Stationary Travels



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Richard Gurtler

A truly fabulous bravura performance by Bruno Sanfilippo and his guests!!!
"Inside Life" is the newest album by Bruno Sanfilippo, an Argentinian composer with domicile in Barcelona, Spain. Released in elegant digisleeve in the middle of February 2015 through his usual co-owned ad21 label. Being familiar already with the aural part, I must say the packaging precisely levels the quality thanks to the visual artistry of Buenos Aires based Andy Ruggia. As far I remember, this is the first digisleeve packaging at ad21, like it so much, good choice, amigos!!!

The opening composition "Sudden Quietness" unfolds this listening bliss with minimal, but deeply expressive piano, meticulously merged with sparse stringed sadness of guest appearance by cellist Julián Kancepolski. Intangibly spiraling subtleties are continuously guarding above, while gorgeously encircling placidness permeates through these profoundly evocative piano blankets. A true masterpiece!!! Pensive piano magic wrapped by hissy nostalgic moments leads "Freezing Point", touchingly embracing and serenely nuanced. And later gorgeously amalgamated with inconspicuously awaken weeping cello. Certainly another exquisitely poignant composition showcasing the virtuosity of both soundpainters and their sophisticated interaction. On "Camille", dedicated to French composer, pianist and organist Camille Saint-Saëns, euphoniously tinkling crystalline piano is backed by amorphously floating operatic female voice of Mariel Aguilar, all masterly surrounded by elusive monochromatic drone cushion. Bravo!!! A joyful piano evocations announce the next piece, "A Door Opens Forever", which smoothly transform into warmly inviting and tranquilly meandering passages, where elated piano shares artistic brilliance with intensely emotional cello and occasionally emanating clickety-clacks. Wow, the first three tracks were already really outstanding, but this composition is absolutely splendorous, a true piece of art, deliberately merging exceptional piano performance of Bruno Sanfilippo with Julián Kancepolski's cello grandness, all raised into an ultimate sonic equilibrium!!! Certainly one of my all time favorite piano-based efforts by Bruno Sanfilippo, magnífico, Maestro!!! And kudos also to Julián Kancepolski!!! A brief cacophony opens "The Place Where Dying Crows", but placid, more meditative terrains are quickly entered with rather scanty, but deeply embracing piano undulations, quietly minimal, although contrasted with perplexingly scattered string experiments. "Tea Leaves At The Bottom Of A Cup" invites us into gorgeously poetic sceneries with intimately narrative piano playing. A real beauty filled with profoundly enveloping soothingness!!! The title composition "Inside Life", with 7-plus minutes the longest piece, closes this highly enthralling aural experience with deeply suggestive squeaking bowed string finesse intricately coalesced with majestically flatlined drone layer, ethereal piano tracery and magnified by nebulous wordless transcendence of the sole protagonist. A tremendously engrossing finale!!!

To wrap up this review, I will only repeat my words from January 2015, when I was honored to preview this enchantingly fragranced masterwork, which was, by the way, mastered in Tokyo by Ian Hawgood. "Inside Life" immerses the listener into magnificently expressive modern classical realms, tranquilly minimal, yet exquisitely nuanced, abundantly poignant and delicately filigree, where stirringly pensive sadness is masterfully counterpointed with hauntingly embracing stillness, while intensely evocative ambient subtleties are deliberately permeated by yearning haze. A truly fabulous bravura performance by Bruno Sanfilippo and his guests!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 03, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)