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Racconti per pianoforte

by Giovanni Renzo

Seven pieces for piano inspired by tales, films, images, places, in an unique style that combines different languages: jazz, classical, tango, minimalism, free improvisation.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Il gabinetto del Dottor Caligari
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2. Variazioni su un tema da "Carmen" di Bizet
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3. Il colore del grano
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4. Solo
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5. Orionis Nebula
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6. Il silenzio delle sirene
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7. Giostra
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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While I was recording the compositions to be included in this new work I realised that each of them originate from a tale, a short story, from a film script or an opera, or even from places I visited which I found particularly inspiring.
“Il gabinetto del Dottor Caligari” is a composition extracted from a film score I created for the same title silent film by Robert Wiene, 1919. It is one of the masterpieces of German expressionism that has always struck my imagination, not only for the events described but also for the extraordinary images and the ambiguous background where the actors play. “Variazioni su un tema da Carmen di Bizet” is my personal reinterpretation of one of the most renowned themes of the opera. “Il colore del grano” is inspired by the same title tale from “The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “Solo” and “Giostra” were inspired by tales created and absorbed while walking in the streets of Paris, wandering about artists' workshops in Montmartre and the carousels at the foot of the Eiffel tower. “Orionis Nebula” is a composition strictly related to “Atlas Coelestis, the Music and the Stars”, a previous work of mine, and narrates the mystery of the origins of the universe, the atoms' aggregation slowly taking shape from blurred masses of gas clouds, just as it is now happening between the stars of the Trapezium in the Orion Nebula, potentially source of new complex forms of life. “Il silenzio delle sirene” is inspired by a Franz Kafka's novel, describing Ulysses's passage with wax in his ears, while the mermaids were silent instead of singing. This was because "the mermaids have a weapon even more terrible that singing, the silence". Is it better to lose oneself listening to their irresistible songs or to survive without having heard their melodies?
I have therefore felt the need to give these musical tales a voice and visual representations and asked to a writer and six artists to do this. Their tales and images accompany thus each composition of the Cd, just as tales within a tale, reflecting texts, music and images.
The tales were written by Francesca Bonici, the pictures were created by Giancarlo Privitera (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Carousel), Nara Ricci (Improvisation on a theme from Carmen by Bizet), Claudia Serio (The Colour of Weath), Adriana Collovati (Solo), Matò (Orionis Nebula), Alessandro Luzzu (The Mermaid’s Silence).

Giovanni Renzo was born in Messina, Italy, in 1962. He graduated from the Conservatory in his hometown in 1986, continuing his musical education in Rome. He made his debut in 1979 as a jazz pianist. He regularly plays at concerts and festivals, alternating concerts with teaching and composition. Renzo has composed music for films, theatrical works, ballets, opera, multimedial performances. His first recording, “Eclisse” (1989), is a collection of piano solo compositions. Then he produced “La distanza della Luna” for piano and orchestra (1996 and 2007), “Il mare” (2001), live recording featuring Paolo Fresu, "Atlas Coelestis", book plus DVD (2008), “Infanzia” (2008) and "Racconti per pianoforte" (2010), again piano solo.
Since 2010 he is protagonist of the “Cosmic Concert”, an annual event for the Global Astronomy Month organized by Astronomers Without Borders and broadcast live streaming worldwide. Recently Renzo was quoted by the Spanish Blog "Los mejores pianistas del Mundo" as one of the world's greater pianist, mainly for his original work about music and astronomy.

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