Bruno Sanfilippo | Claroscuro

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Claroscuro

by Bruno Sanfilippo

Barcelona-based Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained and electronic musician, a composer and a pianist. He has been exploring the borders of minimal piano concepts and electroacoustic music for more than 20 years. His CD series "Piano Textures“ sets him in a tradition of artists such as Harold Budd and Brian Eno, combining slow piano tunes with electronic soundscapes. Now with "ClarOscuro“ he makes his step into modern classical music by presenting his first composition work for piano trio. Most of the nine tracks on the album feature Sanfilippo along with the collaboration of the spanish musicians Manuel del Fresno on cello and Pere Bardagi on violin, while some of the tracks still let the sensitive piano playing stands on its own. With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, "ClarOscuro" brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie.
Genre: Avant Garde: Structured Improvisation
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1. Claroscuro
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2. Absenta
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3. Aquarelle Sur Papier
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4. A Constant Passion
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5. The Movement of the Grass
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6. Luciana
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7. It Happens On the Ship
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8. Aquarelle Sur Toile
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9. Day By Day
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"ClarOscuro presents an extremely compelling argument on behalf of Bruno Sanfilippo as both a performer and modern classical composer" Textura [Honorable Mention 2014 best album]

ClarOscuro has been selected as one of Stationary Travels Top Ten Modern Classical albums of 2014

"The Sanfilippo’s entry into this field is a truly lovely and very self-assured album of pieces either for solo piano or for piano and strings. This album has to be considered a triumph for Sanfilippo’s career" Make Your Own Taste [ClarOscuro top Ten albums of 2014]

"ClarOscuro" included on Best of 2014 list from Headphone Commute "Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight".

"An impressively elegant and blissfully tranquil set of tracks, ClarOscuro's gentle, classical approach calls to mind the delicate, minimal piano work of Satie or Max Richter whilst benefitting from Bruno's evident expertise in the contemporary field of modern ambient" Morpheus Music

"ClarOscuro is an exceptional album and a real highlight of 2014” Headphonaught

“Not only is Sanfilippo still recording, he’s continuing to expand his palette. ClarOscuro arrives on the heels of Piano Textures 1, 2 and 3, which seemed to be his magnus opus until the new disc dropped”
A Closer Listen

"Bruno Sanfilippo has that rare gift for composing hugely emotive and highly personal music from tender, melancholic peals of piano, both ponderous and also joyous plus a highly acute awareness of the power of acoustic resonance. His playing has a grace, purity and tenderness I've not heard in some time. No more words needed other than nine spacious tracks that can only be described as "achingly beautiful" Norman Records

"Claroscuro" is without doubt the best release I heard in 2014, and surely some of the best music that Bruno has ever done" Rik MacLean· Ping Things

"ClarOscuro’ is really rather beautiful from beginning to end" Leonard’s Lair

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Richard Gurtler

"clarOscuro" is the next, giant step in recording career of Bruno Sanfilippo!!!
In Barcelona based Argentinian composer Bruno Sanfilippo keeps on his virtuosic journey into modern classical realms. While in his acclaimed "Piano Textures" series he bridged expressive piano textures mostly with tranquil natural sounds, with this newest album Bruno Sanfilippo demonstrates his full transition into contemporary instrumental arrangements. Released in May, 2014, on Bruno's and Max Corbacho's ad21 label, "clarOscuro" comes in a truly elegant 4-panel digipak (cover photo by Kaifa Ceralde Sarmiento and layout by Bruno's wife Ximena Contreras) and features two guest artists, Manuel del Fresno on violoncello and Pere Bardagí on violin. Additional credits go to Lluis Molas for his engineering assistance as well as to Splendour Mastering (a studio run by Max Corbacho).

Nostalgic grand piano tune by the main protagonist announces "Claroscuro", the title composition. Soon the bowed string vizardry of both guests joins the stage for richly evocative listening experience. Intimate piano playing is beautifully blended with sorrowful cello and violin. A very strong composition!!! The next track, "Absenta", embraces the listener with its deeply evocative piano subtlety and gorgeously saturating stillness. A true masterpiece!!! "Aquarelle Sur Papier" remains on the same, captivatingly sparse path, filled with poignant intimacy and nostalgic serenity. A piano bravura at its most expressive, more please!!! "A Constant Passion" marks the return of Manuel del Fresno and Pere Bardagí, who excel with their stringed sadness, masterfully expressed by lamenting cello and wistfully surging violin. The piano playing on "The Movement Of The Grass" is magnificently displayed by its poetic title, while occasional hazy echoes add a new dimension to this intensely scenic composition. With 9 and half minutes the longest piece on "clarOscuro" and certainly one of the pinnacles of this album!!! "Luciana" straightly dives into touchingly yearning cinematic refinement, with carefully interacting fragile piano, weeping cello and heart-warming violin. Rather sparse, but continuously intense and strikingly effective. To me, the most exceptional composition on this album so far showcasing the talent of all its grandmasters. Bravo, señores!!! "It Happens On The Ship" merges mesmerizingly undulating strings with slightly euphoric piano notes, a rather abstractly refreshing texture. "Aquarelle Sur Toile" attracts with filigree piano delicacy, passionate and joyful. "Day By Day" closes this beautiful album with solo piano performance, again deeply reflective with warmly cascading moods. A very nice conclusion.

"clarOscuro" is completing Bruno Sanfilippo's return to his origins. As a classically trained pianist with a Grand Piano in his basement studio, he is ready to fulfill his long time dreams and challenges. Bruno Sanfilippo has already proved many times his amazing talent and flexibility within ambient genre and "clarOscuro" is the next, giant step in his recording career. No matter if piano based or delving into electronic soundworlds, Bruno Sanfilippo is always here to deliver the best of his artistry. So I can only repeat my usual words when wrapping my review of his albums and collaborations, muchas gracias, Maestro!!! And of course kudos also to all other contributing artists!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 01, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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