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Piacentini, Giovanni - Chiaroscuro - Piacentini, Giovanni


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Classical guitarist and composer Giovanni Piacentini’s talents as a dual-threat musician are on full display on CHIAROSCURO, his debut album. He wrote all these works themed around his instrument of choice, and his playing appears on two pieces – Miniatures, for guitar and chamber ensemble, and a solo guitar performance on the title track. Yet, even on the tracks where he does not perform, the composer’s voice remains ever-present, namely in each work’s reverberant use of space. Piacentini describes himself as highly attuned to the “overall sound and impact” of classical guitar. The album’s three works affirm this assertion, and indicate this sensitivity also applies to pieces which pair guitar with an ensemble (Miniatures) as well as compositions written for a different set of instruments entirely (Chasing Shadows). Throughout CHIAROSCUROS, the guitarist’s musical mindset as a solo performer remains a central influence on the album’s compositional personality. The title track’s five movements feature a distinguished improvisatory style, which develops with enthralling spatial characteristics that blend the guitar’s various timbres with added reverberation. Under Piacentini’s virtuosic hands, Chiaroscuro beautifully mixes harmonics, tremolo, and other techniques that yield a detailed musical landscape rich with naturalistic imagery. Miniatures expands the guitar-centric color palette of Chiaroscuro, with an accompanying ensemble accentuating the six-string’s timbres with flavors of bass clarinet, vibraphone, percussion, viola, and violin. At points, the strings and bass clarinet seemingly emerge from the sound of the guitar, illustrating the connection between Piacentini’s perspectives as a composer and performer. Chiaroscuro and Miniatures share similar structures; each work has multiple movements based on specific images – seasons and times of day in Chiaroscuro, and paintings in Miniatures – and tend to present musical snapshots more than transforming narratives. In addition to its absence of guitar, Chasing Shadows – for violin, bass clarinet, vibraphone, and harp – is a distinct work on the album. Here, the violin is the primary soloist, and leads the listener on an exciting and beautiful musical journey. Accordingly, Piacentini designs an exquisite violin part that traverses a range of moods and energies, from determined athleticism to yearning lyricism. Key points: Since first picking up the guitar at age nine, Giovanni Piacentini’s studies as a composer and musician have led him across the globe, furthering his craft with mentors and universities in his native Mexico as well as Italy, Switzerland, and the U.S. Piacentini identifies instrumental sound – particularly that of his guitar – as one of his compositional and performative focuses, which adds the unique perspective of a dedicated musician to his compositions His versatile compositional style has produced works for a diverse range of musicians, including violinist Tim Fain; harp group Duo Scorpio; and sTem Trio, which features piano, clarinet, and voice The three compositions on his debut album differ in their structure: Chiaroscuro and Miniatures are sets of short, self-contained movements, while Chasing Shadows is more narrative and transformative
Tietoja
Tuotenumero NV6097
Viivakoodi 0896931003971
Julkaisupäivä 12.5.2017
Kategoria Klassinen
Levymerkki Navona
Formaatti CD
Tuotteiden lukumäärä 1
Esittäjät
Artistit Piacentini, Giovanni
Fain, Tim
Säveltäjät Piacentini, Giovanni
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