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Cervetti, Sergio - Sunset at Noon - Various Artists


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Sergio Cervetti returns with an exciting collection of songs on his sixth Navona Records release, SUNSET AT NOON. A diverse musician, his works range from instrumental and vocal music to electronic compositions, often reflecting his South American, French and Italian heritage. His vocabulary draws from an early interest in twelve-tone and minimalism, and his current approach is flexible and free of constraint. With SUNSET AT NOON, Cervetti focuses on keyboard-based compositions for half of the album, with a foray into chamber string quartet on the other half. Cervetti’s keyboard compositions shine the brightest in this collection. On Ofrenda Para Guyunusa for Harpsichord, Cervetti delivers a peaceful and slightly meditative performance that very occasionally veers into Bachian territory. Some Realms I Owned is split into three piano movements – the first starts with a lively melodic line before landing on a relentless pedal point while Cervetti solos in a restrained manner; the second is the more contemplative of the three; and the third is a frantic piece featuring rapid arpeggios before settling on a more linear melodic sequence. I Can’t Breathe, while based on a wild piano performance, centers around a pulsating rhythm that at times sounds like the fervent keys of a typewriter. The performance and composition both match the composition’s urgent title; it’s a quick burst of desperate sounds clawing their way out of the speaker, not quite two and a half minutes long. Cervetti trades in his keyboards for strings on And The Huddled Masses, a three-part suite, as well as Sunset, a sprawling 18-minute opus that serves as the album’s grounding centerpiece. For the most part, Cervetti’s string scores deliver a more somber mood that counterbalances the upbeat and at times delirious vibe of the keyboard-based compositions. As the sacred vocal arrangement on Lux Lucet in Tenebris closes the album, its contrast with the album’s secular pieces acts as a testament to Cervetti’s imagination and compositional fortitude. He has a keen ability to combine several different sounding compositions on one album and have it come across as a complete and congruent work. But ultimately, that is Cervetti’s strength – he is an enigmatic composer whose work knows no boundaries. KEY NOTES - A native of Uruguay, Sergio Cervetti graduated from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in 1967 and was subsequently invited by the DAAD to be composer-in-residence in Berlin after winning a Caracas Festival prize for Five Episodes. - In 1972, Cervetti joined the faculty New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he taught music history, composition and choreography until 1997. - Cervetti’s works range from instrumental and vocal music to electronic works that often reflect his South American, French and Italian heritage. Cervetti’s musical vocabulary draws from an early interesting twelve-tone and minimalism, and his current approach is flexible and elastic. - SUNSET AT NOON is Sergio Cervetti’s sixth release on Navona Records, following TRANSITS, UNBRIDLED, WIND DEVIL & CO., KEYBOARD3, and NAZCA AND OTHER WORKS. - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review describes Cervetti’s last album TRANSITS as a collection of “very worthwhile works…They stand out with distinction and show us his essential qualities as melodist and colorist, his rhythmic vitality and harmonically modern sophistication.”
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Tuotenumero NV6072
Viivakoodi 0896931003728
Julkaisupäivä 10.2.2017
Kategoria Klassinen
Levymerkki Navona
Formaatti CD
Tuotteiden lukumäärä 1
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Artistit Various Artists
Säveltäjät Cervetti, Sergio
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